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A Gallery of Thoughts on Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • Hergé, the Celebrated Creator of Tintin

    It has been 35 years since the death of one of the greatest and most influential comic strip artists, Georges Prosper Remi (1907-1983), better known as Hergé. He is the creator of perhaps the most popular graphic novels of the 20th century, The Adventures of Tintin. Remi's nickname is derived f...
  • Winsor McCay, the Genius from Slumberland

    It has been 150 years already since the birth of one of the most imaginative cartoonists in the history of mankind, Winsor McCay (1867-1934). A quick, prolific and dexterous artist, he served as epitome of comic strip perfection and ingenuity for generations of future cartoonists and animators, incl...
  • Awkward! - an Upbeat Story about Teenage Passions and Tribulations

    Awkward! is a manga-style graphic novel  about a middle school girl named Penelope Torres. On her first day at a new school, she slips in the crowded corridor, and is helped by a science geek named Jaime. When children around them start teasing them, the humiliated and embarrassed Penelope push...
  • Squish, a Clever and Entertaining Comic Strip

    There has probably never been a more unsightly and, at the same time, a more impressive comic strip. The main protagonist, Squish, is an amoeba. An amoeba! All his friends and teachers are different single-cell microscopic organisms: Peggy, the eternally happy girl, is a paramecium, and the school p...
  • Kazu Kibuishi: Amulet

    "Five -- no, three pages into Amulet and you'll be hooked!" This is how the well known cartoonist Jeff Smith describes Kazu Kibuishi's graphic novel series Amulet, published by Scholastic since 2008. Indeed. The fantasy comic strip created for children ages 8-14 is not only masterfully drawn, b...
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Do We Live in a Dystopia?
The literary genre "utopia" acquired its name from the novel by the same title, published by Thomas Moore in 1516. Various authors have tried to imagine a perfect society and describe it in the form of a project, tale, or novel. Plato's Republic is probably the first known utopia, describing th...
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