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


Vojtěch Mašek


Chrudoš Valoušek

255 x 345 mm
96 pages
full color

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


Jan Novák


Jaromír 99

160 x 230 mm
256 pages
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.