Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bulgarian Comic Books

In this post I would like to talk about comic books, which are drawn by Bulgarians and have been published lately in my home country. I recommend all of these if you are interested in contemporary Bulgarian artwork and comics. There is a lot to be seen and learned from these five books.
 Aniventure 2013: Manga, Art, Fanfic - Winning Entries
This is the annual Aniventure book, in which you can find all the winners from the contests, mentioned above. There are three short mangas for the three winning places:
First place - "Kaena" ("Каена") by Boyan Ganev
Second Place - "Legend of Sunny Moon" by Cindy Nayn (Alexandra Stryaskova)
Third Place - "Two worlds" ("Два свята") by Kalin Popov Kalin Popov's Gallery
And the winning fanfic is "Think of the future" ("Мисли за бъдещето"), a "Naruto" fanfic by Cindy Nayn (Alexandra Stryaskova).
There are also photos of winning cosplayers from Aniventure 2012:
Dara Karaboeva as Hizaki from Versailles
Jivko Kabaivanov as Loki from the Marvel Universe
Kiril Popchev as Pyramid Head from Silent Hill
Kiril Lambrev as Vash the Stampede from Trigun
And finally in this book you can find artwork by the artists Denitsa Stancheva,  Fotis Ntalianis, Silviya Ivanova and Bistra Sandjakyan. 
This book is only 90 pages long, but it's a really good compilation of works. I personally really liked Boyan Ganev's and Kiril Popov's works, although I think that Kiril Popov's work look kind of unfinished artwork wise. I don't think that you can find this book in the bookstores, but you will probably be able to get it at the events organized by club Nakama. 

"Co-mixer" - vol 3 and vol 4
"Co-mixer" is a compilation of short, 2 to 5 pages long, black and white comics that are gathered under the same theme. The theme of volume 3 is Weaknesses and the theme of volume four is Noises. I really like "Co-mixer", because it gathers so many different artists in one place. You can see manga styled artwork and caricature artwork and so much more in less then 100 pages.
For more information on "Co-mixer" itself

 "Pocket comic book" ("Джобен Комикс")
"Pocket comic book" collection of short stories by 9 Bulgarian artists like Ivan and Sybilla Koritarevi, Satanasov, Nikolai Popov and more. Inside you can also find interviews of famous Bulgarian artists, working in the film industry like Antoni Hristov, Evgeni Tomov and Vladimir Todorov. 
This book is an amazing project and I really hope they continue to publish such compilations. 
For more information on "Джобен Комикс"
"Stephen King's N."
"Stephen King's N." is a graphic novel, based on Stephen King's short story "N.", written by the American writer and producer Marc Guggenheim and drawn by the Bulgarian artist Alex Maleev. This graphic novel was published by Bard in 2012 and can be found in almost every bookstore.
The artwork and the story are amazing and I definitely recommend this to anyone, who likes suspense horror stories.

Saturday, October 12, 2013


These are some figures, that I bought in Japan, but had shipped home, so I'm uploading pictures now. Enjoy :)
The main characters from Bakuman an their creations.
Luna from Sailor Moon

 Soul Jem from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

 Miki Sayaka from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Ultimate Madoka from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Saturday, September 28, 2013

I'm back home and Claymore

Hey guys! I'm safely back home, but I have been doing a lot of stuff for university and my new home (mainly cleaning and decorating (a lot of decorating)), so I haven't had much time to write a new post. I'm planning to write posts about all the new Bulgarian comic books, that I have read (the new volumes of Co-Mixer, Pocket Comic Book (Джобен Комикс) and Stephen King's N.). I'm also currently reading the Bulgarian releases of Naruto and One Piece and I really want to say a few words about them, so expect a bunch of new posts soon. 
For now I just want to make a little announcement (again). The last manga, that ArtLine Studios has planned to publish next year is Norihiro Yagi's Claymore (クレイモア). It's a dark fantasy/horror manga and I have watched the anime, so I'm really looking forward to this release.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Comicbook Colletion

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - complete
Batman: The Killing Joke - complete
Battle Chasers - 1, 2, 3, 4
Blacksad - vol 1 
Dragon Last - 1
Hunting Season by Diana Naneva - complete
Rabies - vol 1
Samurai: Heaven and Earth - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Scott Pilgrim - 1, 2
Sky Doll - vol 1
Spawn - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68
Spawn: Godslayer - pilot, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4
Stephen King's N. - complete
The Colour of Magic (Discworld) - complete
The Creech - 1, 2
The Invention of Hugo Cabret - complete
The Light Fantastic (Diskworld) - complete
The Sandman - vol 1
V for Vendetta - complete
Watchmen - complete
W.i.t.c.h. - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52 + Specials: Elyon, Christmas, Boys' Planet, Cornelia and Caleb

Fantasy Art (Bulgarian)
Sofia Comics Expo - Exhibition collection book
The art of Miro Petrov
The Art of Sybilla Koritareva

Comics Magazines:
Дъга -  5, 7, 8
Джобен комикс 
Комикс - 1, 2, 3, 4
Co-mixer - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5