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“Funky Koval” – the collectors edition (Prószyński i Ska.)


It’s time for thermonuclear nostalgia bomb: “Funky Koval“ series of comic books, issued in 1980′s and 1990′s in Poland by “Fantastyka“ SF/F magazine. “Funky Koval“ that is widely considered as a best comic ever made in Poland in the last 30 years, mainly due the fabulous art by Bogusław Polch. Lets dive in into the mists of the past to explore the seminal product of the Polish comic book scene of the late 20th century…

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“Akira” – the retrospective review.



I decided to refresh my Anime department on my blog, and this is why today I am going to write about an undisputed classic anime, that is merited with opening the door for Japanese animation to the West and is probably the most important animation feature film of the last 30 years in terms of production values and spectacle.

Doing reviews of the the masterpieces is pointless, because by definition masterpieces are above the average works. What makes sense is attempt to to show the context and influence of it on its genre and art.

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In search of meaning of the blog…

As you see my blog is not frequently update for some time. First, this is the result of rather negligible traffic and small audience, and that mere fact is hardly encouraging for wring new posts, secondly I am more active on my Tumblr, and current events are more likely to be commented by me on Twitter.

Thirdly, only recently I come up with the direction of my blog.

So, on this blog I won’t publish my playlist, memes, pictures, videos etc. My personal Tumblr is better suited to this:

There will no relevant links, commentary on current events etc. This is a job for my Twitter:

So what will be published here? Long reads, with lots of illustrations and accompanying multimedia from the usual mix of my thought, opinions, popculture, science and technology,  intended for reading in free time, published in few weeks cycle.

I promise, that I’ll keep writing! 😀

A handful of old commercials, that shows that 1990’s were a crazy period in Poland

“You can tell the ideas of a nation by its advertisements.”
George Norman Douglas

Early 1990’s were a really confusing period in history of Poland and other Central European countries, because that was the time when on one hand people were taking taste of freedom after collapse of Communist regime, but on the other hand they were badly hit by mundane problems of socio-economical-political transformation: unemployment, poverty, inflation, disappointing politics and fear over future.

Anxiety about the future were mixing together with blind relish with Western popular culture and consumerism. The fall of totalitarian ideology combined itself with chaotic and bizarre notions of “freedom”. Clueless people were trying to understand new reality of capitalism. And early TV commercials were a reflection of those times. Let’s see this by ourselves:

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“Status7” (“Breakoff”, “Overload”), Robert Adler i Tobiasz Piątkowski

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Reading comic books is one of my my favourite pastimes since the my childhood, and when I was little I learned how to read by paging through the classic Polish comics of the 1980’s and early 1990’s, for example “Kajko and Kokosz”, “Funky Koval”, and others (including “Thorgal”, which one was drawn by Pole living abroad). After that the socio-political transition period had began (that was the year 1989), and domestic marked was literally flooded with American superhero comics and franco-belgian comic books (like, “Forever War” by Marvano and Haldeman, and “L’Épée de Cristal” by Didier Crisse), giving the domestic writers and artists a very hard time.

With the exception of underground publications the Polish comic industry had suffered a serious stagnation, but it crawled back on its feet in the years 1999-2005, when it had experienced a boom, and once again Polish comics entered mainstream, unfortunately not for long, and in the beginning of the current decade we entered again a period of stagnation:

In Autumn 2014 the news had hit Twitter, that the cyberpunk comics series called “Staus7” made by duo of Mr. Adler and Mr. Piątkowski in the years 2003-2005 is now available for free on dedicated blog:

Some time had elapsed, before I could read them all, so it just now I could write a review of it.
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