Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Refugees

This is a photograph showing a Serbian woman, Milica Tepić, escaping her village with her two children just before Ustaše (a Croatian fascist) burned it. The photo was taken in January 1944 by George Skrigin, who was part of the partisan resistance and accidentally stumbled upon Milica. 

Milica died in 1949. Her husband, Branko, a partisan resistance fighter, was hanged by the Nazis in 1942. Like his father, the little boy on Milica's back was called Branko. He was born one month after his father's death. He died in 2022 at the age of 81. His sister Dragica died in 1983.

The photograph as a witness of suffering and struggle for survival is one of the exhibits in the Holocaust Museum in Auschwitz.

This powerful image embedded itself in my memory at a young age. Today whenever I hear about refugees or displaced people, this image comes to my mind. 

What would have happened to her and her children if she was not allowed to escape the horrors behind her? What would have happened if she was forced to go back? Thinking of today's refugee and displaced people situation, I decided to create this visual essay using Milica's image.


 

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

"Ilustracion + Comix Internacional"

Once, I shared cover bylines with Breccia, Bilal, Eisner, Corben, Jones, and many more of my idols and comic legends.
Here are the covers of first two issues of the Spanish comics magazine "Ilustracion + Comix Internacional", published by Toutain Editor in 1980.
 
If you can read Spanish, you can read about "Ilustracion + Comix Internacional" here.
 


 

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

My Work in the New "American Illustration 42" Book

I am happy to let you know that the jury of American Illustration 42 selected two of my poster illustrations for their prestigious book. 

The first illustration is created for a poster that I designed for 11th Festival Miroslav Krleža in Zagreb, Croatia. 
You can see more of this project here.

The second illustration was my theater poster design for The Miracle in Šargan for JDP-Yugoslav Drama Theater in Belgrade, Serbia. 
You can see more of this project here.





 

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Friday, January 26, 2024

Comic by Jack Kirby

My new acquisition is the closing page from Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #7 drawn by Jack Kirby and Mike Thibodeaux in 1982. 

Not necessarily the most exciting composition or characters on the page, but beggars cannot be choosers. It still has all of Jack Kirby's signature elements (explosions, smoke, machines and weird characters). 

Below is this page as it appeared in colored print.

Here, you can read the complete comic in which this page appeared.




 

Interview for Croatian national TV

 My interview with Morana Kasapović for HRT, Croatian national TV.

 


Thursday, January 25, 2024

"Dr. Guy Bennett" by Frank Thorne

My recent acquisition is Frank Thorne's (1930 – 2021) newspaper comic strips for "Dr. Guy Bennett" from 1959. I bought these strips because I am fascinated with the ease with which he draws, especially faces. One feels that there is not any construction/architecture behind them. They are totally spontaneous.

Of course, later, Frank moved on to draw famous comics such as Flash Gordon, Jungle Jim, The Green Hornet, Tom Corbett Space Cadet, Tomahawk, Mighty Samson, Enemy Ace and he was best known for the Marvel Comics character Red Sonja.

But I still like his early work.