In line with Darkwood’s mission to broaden and engage readership of all generations and spheres of interest in the Ninth Art, the proposed works were chosen accordingly, bearing in mind their artistic, narrative and, in certain cases, historic value.
By selecting the works of some of the most renowned European comic book authors, such as Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Jacques Tardi and Joann Sfar, who have achieved recognition and success both within as well as outside the field of comics, Darkwood looks to attract a wide-ranged audience and inspire them to “dive deeper” and discover the gems waiting to be explored in the realm of the Ninth Art.
Some of the proposed works are continuations of series that have already won over the readership in Serbia and the region, such as Gaiman’s “Sandman” and Moore’s “Saga of the Swamp Thing”. Some are truly Ninth Art classics, thoroughly deserving of their premiere edition in Serbia, examples of this being Toppi’s “Il Collezionista” and Battaglia’s “L’Uomo della Legione”. Others, such as Tardi’s “Moi René Tardi, prisonnier de guerre au Stalag II B” and Sfar’s “Le Chat du Rabbin” are of more recent origin, but thanks to universal messages they carry can certainly be regarded as timeless. Some may spark the imagination with tales of enchantment and fantasy in “The Books of Magic”, while others may bring back fond memories of old, beloved characters in Franquin’s “Spirou et Fantasio – Hors série” among generations who refuse to grow up and grow old.
The proposed works span over a time frame from before World War II to as recently as 2012 and include authors from France, United Kingdom, Belgium and Italy. Regardless of the period of their creation or the language they were written in, they all share one thing in common – they speak a universal language, a language that is comprehensible no matter the decade or meridian we live in, conveying messages that surpass the barriers of time or place they were created in.