Centrala is a Polish indie comics publisher that recently opened a London office, which s helping their books get wider distribution. They have three new books including what sounds like an intriguing tale about two German police officers who join the Klan to make friends and meet girls, an anthology mixing comics and cooking and a book adapting a famous Polish poem about a train into a 60 foot long comic!
Eastern European comics are usually thought of as an “emerging” scene, but with publishers like Centrala and the Latvian kuš! collective getting notice, they’ve emerged quite a bit. Here’s the Centrala books, which are all available for order.
The events in this book are based on a true story. In the early noughties, it emerged that two German police officers had been members of a Ku Klux Klan spin-off group operating in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. During questioning as part of a later police investigation, the two officers refuted accusations of racism, claiming that they had joined the Klan solely to meet new people, particularly those of the opposite sex. Whilst under interrogation, they also complained about the Klan’s initiation ceremony, which took place in a forest and was allegedly poorly organised. Both officers were subjected to disciplinary action but, due to their supposed naïveté, they were allowed to keep their jobs in the German police force.
180 x 255 mm
40 pages soft cover
Translation from German by Nikki Martin
Proofread by Ewa Lipińska
The anthology includes 93 works by artists from Australia, Austria, Argentina Sweden, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, UK, USA.
148 x 210 mm
Colour Hard Cover English
Locomotive / IDEOLO by Małgorzata Gurowska & Joanna Ruszczyk. Based on work by Julian Tuwim
The Locomotive, by Julian Tuwim, is one the most famous Polish poems for children. Designer Małgorzata Gurowska and journalist Joanna Ruszczyk present its graphic and literary reinterpretation for adults.
Language: bilingual English & Polish
245 x 226 mm
Over 20 meters long!
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