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The collector. Six Stories for a Bad Wolf

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The Collector, a modern adult fairy tale, talks about the alienation of children from one parent after a divorce. The protagonist, Dionysis, waits every morning to take his daughter to school, according to the court’s decision. The mother, however, chooses to put her in a cub. Dionysis begins to record the cubs’ numbers and thus turns into an unusual "collector" of cubs’ numbers.

Soloup's new graphic novel consists of 6 chapters. Each chapter illuminates the story from a different point of view: a neighbor, a canary, a grandmother and a grandfather, Little red riding hood, and Dionysis. The fifth (colored) chapter is a re-telling of the well-known fairy tale as recorded by the brothers Grimm in their second version. Its allegorical narrative mirrors the book's reflection on parental alienation, a difficult and challenging social problem. In addition, Soloup’s new graphic novel opens a fruitful dialogue with significant oeuvres of Western culture, such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice in the Wonderland (John Tenniel's sketches), Kafka's Trial and the famous myth of Plato's cave, in order to look at the way people perceive and interpret reality, while they try to find truth or happiness.


Last modified on Friday, 06 September 2019 14:30

Soloup (Antonis Nikolopoulos) is a well known caricaturist who collaborates with big newspapers and magazines in Greece. He studied Political Sciences at the Panteion University and obtained a PhD (Cultural Technology and Communication) by the University of the Aegean. He has published 13 books with comics and cartoons and his Phd on History of comics in Greece. His first graphic novel Aivali received the prize of the best comic and of the best scenario in 2015 Comicdom Athens. It is translated in French and Turkish and it is the first graphic novel which is subject of an exposition of Mpenaki Museum travelling all over Greece. In 2015 he participated at the collective exhibition “Ella” at Tricromia gallery in Rome and in the Ravenna festival. Aivali was shortlisted for the Doctors without Borders Prize.

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