Dec 2nd 2009 By: Caleb Goellner
Aside from Matryoshka dolls, I confess to knowing little about Russian folk art. That's why when I saw these surreal comic book and movie woodcuts by Andrei Kuznetsov
, I decided to read up on lubok prints.
Kuznetsov's cryptic Web site appeared last year, sparking something of a meme. I found the images at Squidoo
, but other sites have featured the bizarre prints as well. It's a beautiful thing what a routine Google image search will yield a wandering blogger.
From "Spider-Man" to "Lord of the Rings" and "Harry Potter," Kuznetsov's covered a lot of the nerdy bases with his luboks, which is pretty interesting given the medium's sequential art sensibility
. For all practical intents and McCloudian purposes, many luboks are comics. Plenty of them tell a story using words and pictures in a sequence. Just don't ask me what they mean.
They're weird, they're wonderful, they're worth a look after the jump.Spider-Man:
War Of The Worlds:
Lord Of The Rings:
Anyone with a working knowledge of the Russian language feel free to chime in any time now.