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Exhibition and presentation

Friday, October 14, 2022 at 5:30 PM

The comic novel Rváčov by artist Richard Fischer and screenwriter Džian Baban is a fictional story based on true events. In the 1980s and 1990s, a group of children inspired by Jaroslav Foglar's Stínadla trilogy discovered their own Stínadla in Prague's Old Town and founded the Vontové movement there. From the memories of the former Vontes they met and who gave them the initial impetus for the comic, the authors have pieced together a thrilling, adventurous story that spans several generations. These stories are deliberately depicted by the authors in the comic as they were told: with a great deal of exaggeration, exaggeration, colouring. In the history of Czech literature, these events are a rare and magical case in which the author's work took on a life of its own while he was still alive. The first part of the comic book trilogy will be published in 2020 by Lipnik Publishing House, and the second is being prepared for publication in early 2023.

Richard Fischer is a comic artist contributing illustrations to magazines and books. He creates comics using a distinctive method of cartoon collage. From detailed pencil sketches, through the preparation of a colour range of papers from his extensive archive of papers of different colours, ages and damage (his favourites are age-yellowed stationery and tracing paper, used cut paper, cheap wrapping paper, but also new and expensive cardboard or scraps of rare baroque handmade papers from the 18th century. He feels free to combine them with unusable glossy toilet paper from the seventies), after transferring the lines of the drawing with the help of a transparency or a photocopier onto individual papers, which he cuts with a scalpel and glues into the original composition. He continues with a title drawing in ink markers, resulting in a multi-colored, layered image. This is also how he prepared his best-known comic Rváčov (2019), the second sequel of which he is currently working on with Džian Baban.

Džian Baban is a screenwriter and musician. In 2004, he along with Vojtěch Mašek founded the creative group Fred Brunold's Monstrkabaret and under this label they write comics, film scripts and theatre performances. For the comic trilogy Elephants in Marienbad, as well as later for the albums In the Shadow of the Šumava Forests and The Dragon Never Sleeps in collaboration with artist Jiří Grus, they have repeatedly received KomiksFEST awards! Muriel for best screenplay or best comic book of the year. The two protagonists of their magical and absurd universe have been featured in the comic strip "Conversations from the Schlechtfreund Residence" on the back page of the cultural magazine A2 since 2005, as well as in the only Czech theatre series Jožkalipnikisagodmanwhocan´tlie!, which beholders have also known since 2005. Baban received the Muriel Award for Best Screenplay in 2020 for his script for the first part of the Vont comic saga Rváčov (together with Richard Fischer).