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Panic! Pandemic Diary from Italy

Author:

Francesca Colombara

170 x 220 mm
96 pages
full color
Softcover with flaps
ISBN: 978-1-912278-24-4

Panic! Pandemic Diary from Italy

Quirky drawn quarantine story

Panic!’ tells the story about the three months quarantine of Diego and Viola, in a little flat in the suburbs of Bologna.

Diego is afraid of everything and he wants to lock himself in his house for ever. Viola only wears pajamas and she’s afraid that her family will become infected. They have a dog named Panic that will grow exponentially during lockdown, and they clean the grocery with the disinfectant gel. This comic is a magnifying glass on Viola and Diego’s ecosystem: their home. It’s the story of their anxiety. Panic is an autobiographical story, and it tells that even a home can be a crowded place.

Puppet, Plum Pit, Plum, Log and Back to Puppet

Author:

Vojtěch Mašek

Illustrator:

Chrudoš Valoušek

255 x 345 mm
96 pages
full color
HC

ISBN: 978-1-912278-18-3

Puppet, Plum Pit, Plum, Log and Back to Puppet

The story is filled with twists and turns, escapades, absurd humour and wonderful linocuts

Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi’s peppy impish wooden puppet, must encounter many adventures before finally coming to his senses… But what must a plum pit endure before it can become a puppet? This adventurous and comic tale told by a talking plank recounts the winding and capricious life story of a plum pit given to escapades. Screenwriter, comic book creator and author, Vojtěch Mašek, exhibits a sense for lively, nearly theatrical, storytelling and returns absurdist humor and biting levity to the children’s literary scene. Abundant linocut illustrations and graphics by artist Chrudoš Valoušek are, as always, stunning.

The beloved puppet of children’s literature, a figure that has been a continuous inspiration for artists all over the world, here presents an entirely new gallery of heroes and adventures. The graphic design plays with scale. The pages are peopled with historiated initials reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts, giant page numbers, avant-garde references and a medley of geometrical characters, their neon colours boldly outlined in black. Spread after spread, the mix of different layouts and the uncommon use of line-cut technique make for a truly extraordinary picturebook.

The Jury of Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2019

So far So Good

Author:

Jan Novák

Illustrator:

Jaromír 99

160 x 230 mm
256 pages
color
HC
ISBN: 978-1-912278-22-0

So Far So Good

Visually arresting graphic novel in a unique noir style!

The true story of three Czech men whose daring exploits of anti- Communist resistance and 1953 flight to West Berlin set off the largest manhunt in the history of the Eastern Bloc.

The story of the Mašín brothers and their band waging guerilla war against the Communist regime in the early 1950s could be the most dramatic Czech tale of the 20th century. After their activities in Czechoslovakia, these young men headed west – facing off against twenty thousand East German Volkspolizei and shooting their way to freedom. In the novel So Far, So Good, Jan Novák wrote the story like a thrilling Czech Western and won the Magnesia Litera prize for Best Book of the Year. After the runaway success of the previous collaboration with an illustrator Jaromir 99, Zátopek, the authors return with an even more explosive comic book.

Amazing Athletes

Author:

Till Lukat

148 x 200 mm
120 pages
Hardcover
Munken White 140 gram

ISBN: 978-1-912278-13-8

Amazing Athletes. 50 Remarkable Athletes of History

A unique comic book on sports and it’s most outstanding characters.

Ready… Steady… Go!!! And we’re off. 50 amazing Athletes pushing their minds and bodies in the great competition of sports. Who will win the medal and who will win the hearts?

Wage Slaves

Author:

Daria Bogdańska

180 x 255 mm
200 pages
B&W
Soft cover
ISBN: 978-1-912278-07-7

Wage Slaves

Wage Slaves is a story about union struggle when you are somebody marginalized by society.

Daria moves to Sweden to reset her life. She looks for a job and starts working under the table as a waitress in one of Malmö’s many restaurants. She soon discovers that things aren’t quite as they should be. Together with a journalist and her union, she starts to investigate the employment practices at her workplace – and many things in her life change. 

Wage Slaves is a story about union struggle when you are somebody marginalized by society. But also the story of a journey to a new country. Daria tries to get a new life and make new friends. She parties falls in love, works, learns the new language and starts a band. 

Daria Bogdanska tells the story of the precarious generation without employment security that she herself is a part of and the underground scene in Malmö. A tale of everyday life and politics. About alienation in a new city, longing for love and justice and trying to feel at home far, far away from home. The book is based on true events. 

Supported by Swedish Art Council

The Art of Hate

Author:

Various artists

Cover image by Sorina Vaselina
148 x 210 mm
260 pages
colour
Soft cover
ISBN: 978-1-912278-14-5

The Art of Hate

Frame 2019 Anthology

Over 89 works were received for The A competition during 1st Prague Comics Art Festival „Frame”. The anthology includes 96 works by artists from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey, UK, USA

The Silence of the Hippo. Black Folktales

New book from Czech Republic

We are so proud to present a new book from Prague, Africa???

Please follow this link  for more info

Jarmil at ¿UNDERGROUND / INDEPENDENT? festival

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Jarmil in France

Jarmil in Angouleme

Marek Rubec will be the guest at 46th International Comic Festival Angouleme, France

Jarmil is one of the newest Centrala’s books and a very touching picture of the small town in Czech Republic.

Saturday Jan 26th

10.00-11.00 Forum du Nouveau Monde

Language: English translate to French.

Marek’s visit is supported by Czech Literary Centre and Moravian Library

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Blood

Author:

Various artists

165 x 235 mm
108 pages
Softcover

ISBN: 978-0-9933951-5-4

Blood

Women’s comic anthology from Poland

The Blood Anthology illustrates the range of meanings that blood bears, from its mythological aspect (the magical powers attributed to menstrual blood), through the symbolism of heredity – the inevitable genealogical continuity, through revenge and violence, to strong connotations with physical pain. Blood also touches upon various layers in terms of art, not limiting itself to comics. Inside the anthology, we will find references to Frans Masereel’s and Lynd Ward’s woodcut pre-comics; subtle portraits; the simplicity of cartoon art; photomontage and psychedelic references to science-fiction. 

Jarmil

Author:

Marek Rubec

170 x 270 mm
52 pages, colour
hard cover
ISBN: 978-1-912278-04-6

Jarmil

From Czech Republic

The world is falling apart before our consumption-closed eyes, even in a small Czech town. Supermarket, skateboard, brews, blazin’, hamburgers, tatoos, pizza, selfie. How can we live without this? Jarmil won’t tell you the answer.
Jarmil is fast poetry and fast day-to-day life, in a hurry to survive.
Jarmil is a cocktail of waiting around and racing around.
Now we only remember the hangovers.

Marek Rubec is illustrator and comic artist based in the Czech Republic.
In 2016, he was a resident at the Swedish Comics Assotiation in Malmö.
In 2017, he won first prize at the Prague Frame Festival. He has published several short comics with Czech and European magazines and publishing houses.
He works and lives in Litoměřice, about 40 miles northeast of Prague.

Jenny Haniver

Author:

Tuomas Tiainen

210 x 210 mm
192 pages
b&w
Soft cover
ISBN: 978-1-912278-02-2

Fresh from Finland!

Jenny Haniver, a silent comic in black-and-white, is about powers greater than the individual.

The houseboat of a seafood-loving dentist hides a secret. A religious woman working in an office would like to be a choir conductor. A night guard of a department store takes care of her disabled little brother. A cultured cleaner brews tea in the cleaner’s cupboard. Everything is set in a gigantic city, its lights and shadows. The metropolis suffocates the little ones with its mass.

Jenny Haniver, a silent comic in black-and-white, is about powers greater than the individual. The unnamed characters seem to drift along even though their decisions seemconcious. There is no great plan, just a series of events. Do you have to dance? Yes. No. Have to walk, though.

My Parents Are Not My Real Parents

Author:

Rachel Karafistan

Illustrator:

Kamil Macejko

250 x 250
Hardcover
60 pages colour
ISBN: 978-0-9933951-7-8

Recommended Age: 16+

My Parents Are Not My Real Parents

All text in three languages: English, German and Polish

We all started out with our own confused but creative view of the world. For many of us, these views hardened into actual ‘beliefs’. This book is a collection of some of these childhood imaginings; conceived by children but remembered by adults. These idiosyncratic histories inspired by our own limited life experiences are more than just a shared belief in Father Christmas.
As children we are magicians, painters, writers, dancers, storytellers, singers, masters of play and accomplished all-round make-believers. We create parallel worlds and people; our imaginations are unfettered by logic. As adults we segregate and compartmentalize almost everything, including art and artists. We relegate some and elevate others. Ultimately, we delegate the job of creativity to those whom we believe do it better.
In these times when new and unexpected things divide us, where life leaves little room for imagination, these beliefs can remind us of our common roots and of how creative we used to be.
Shared by many generous adults, drawn by Kamil Macejko and collected by Rachel Karafistan.

Wake Up

Author:

Various artists

148 x 210 mm
532 pages
colour
Soft cover

ISBN: 978-1-912278-03-9

Suggested for Adults only 18+

Wake Up

Frame 2017 competition catalogue

Over 200 works were received for Wake Up competition during 1st Prague Comics Art Festival „Frame”. The anthology includes 96 works by artists from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey, UK, USA

Authors:

Tom Abbosh, Chris Dean
Adam Święcicki
Galkina Alyona
Razvan Anghelache
Szilagyi Aniko
Monika Bąkowska
Joris Bas-Backer
Alan Bay
Felipe Kolb Bernardes, Julia Nascimento
Alexandra Bogucka
Amanda Borg
Nikodem Cabała
B. Carrot
Robson da Silva Cavalcante
Miglė Ceinorytė
Agnieszka Cioch
Giulio Cosimi
Arinda Craciun
Kateřina Čupová
Piotr Dąbrowski
Janne Marie Dauer
Shamisa Debroey
Katarzyna dworaczyk
Lucie Dynterová
Jarosław Ejsymont
Robert Eman
Alejandra Espino
Jeroen Funke
Valentine Gallardo
Hatiye Garip
Kaśka Gazdówna
Kirsten Carina Geisser
Nenko Genov, Piotr Rosner
Harukichi
Natália Ižáková
Clara Jetsmark
Štěpánka Jislová
Michael Jordan
Matej Jurkáček
Daria Kalitskaya
David Kerr
Valentin Krayl
Nicolas Krizan
Zlatko Krstevski
Hugo Boylan & Rapha Lobosco
Till Lukat
Maia Matches
Agnieszka Majchrowicz
Julia Inés Mamone
Michael Mangan
Débora Martins
Sim Mau
Dan Mazur
Iveta Merglová
David Miklos
Bojan Milojević
Søren Mosdal
Tomáš Motal
Bart Nijstad
Ylva Oknelid
Cathrin Peterslund
Agnieszka Piksa
Łukasz Piotrkowicz, Krzysztof Budziejewski
Saskia van der Post
Nina Prader
Tomáš Prokůpek (writer), Václav Šlajch (artist)
Nadia Prorokova
Roberta Railaitė
Ana Ribeiro
Alessandro Ripane
Florian Ronget
Florian Ronget
Marek Rubec
Jennifer van de Sandt
Justine Sarlat
Leslie Saurus
Brandon Scott
Zuzana Šebelová
Liliana Serafin
Beata Sosnowska
Johannes Stahl
Jens K Styve
Franz Suess
Monika Svobodová
Ester Tajrychová
Gabriela Toma
Reda Tomingas
Marek Turek
Juste Urbonaviciute
Emiliyan Valchev Valev, Stanimir Valchev Valev
Sean Michael Wilson, Michiru Morikawa
Mateusz Wiśniewski, Krzysztof Chalik
Ender Yıldızhan
Farnaz Zare
Bart Zijlstra

 

 

Gosia Herba and Mikołaj Pasiński at Stockholm International Comics Festival 2017

Sat May 20 and Sun May 21 2017

Why not visit Centrala table during International Stockholm Comics Festival 2017
Find our table Sat & Sun main market area of the Festival

Gosia and Mikołaj signing their two books, Fertility and Elephant on the Moon
May 20th, Saturday 1-2PM and 3-4PM
May 21st, Sunday 1-2PM and 3-4PM

We also recommend presentation about Centrala publishing activity and Gosia and Mikołaj works
May 20th, Saturday 4.20-5 PM on main stage

Our visit at International Stockholm Comics Festival was supported by Polska Institutet Stockholm

Gosia Herba studied history of art. For more than eight years, she has worked as an illustrator. She has worked with La Nación, The Washington Post, Virginia Quarterly Review, Monocle and Penguin Random House. She does illustrations for the press, and designs posters and covers for books and CDs. Recently she has started to do illustrations for children.

Mikołaj Pasiński is interested in the study of culture. He works in graphic design and multimedia.

Gosia Herba and Mikołaj Pasiński are authors of a comic for adults entitled Fertitlity and childer book Elephant on the Moon.

About Fertilty:
It is believed that the rennet of a hare, taken with food, promotes the conception of male offspring. A few days before their big wedding, four village girls set out on an expedition to trap a wild hare. Little do they know about severe consequences their actions will have.
For mature readers only

About Elephant on the Moon

In a small town there lives a lady astronomer. Every evening she looks at the moon through her telescope. She knows it like the back of her own hand. Even in her sleep she can name all the mountains, the craters and the oceans of the silvery globe. One night she makes an amazing discovery. Can it be that there’s an elephant living on the moon? The members of the Moon Society refuse to believe her.
Elephant on the Moon is a richly illustrated tale of courage, passion and determination. Although it is directed mainly at younger readers, it refers to serious events. Sir Paul Neal in the seventeenth century – one of the astronomers of the Royal Society – is supposed to have been the first to observe an elephant on the moon. At the time, his discovery provoked much confusion and fired the imaginations of many writers. Thanks to Samuel Butler’s satirical account, the story reached France. Fontaine himself wrote a tale about it – “Un animal dans la lune.” Almost 350 years later Gosia Herba and Mikołaj Pasiński have come back to this story of the moon, and out of it they have spun a new tale full of adventure.

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