#Greece from #Arkas to Papadatos. #AtoZChallenge in #Comics

GGreece. Not a place I would have thought to go for comic book creators. A place becomes fixed in your mind to represent something. Greece is mythology, philosophy, play writes, and epic poets. Why would I think of Greece as a source for material to create great comics? Just a touch of sarcasm there. We can be blinded by how many boxes we have stacked in our minds.


Looking at a list of countries for comic book creators, Greece is not even included. However, I have a list of countries instead, and with Greenland not having something to offer me, perhaps due to a language barrier in searching, Greece, such an easy language for we Americans, became my choice. Do you get I am in a sarcastic mood as I begin this article? I’ve been translating articles for days now in attempts to create good articles. Love learning, hate I don’t know languages.

Normally in the series I have been saving the tip of the iceberg for last, but not today. Or maybe I am, we don’t know yet. I am starting with the one that I have found the most awe about across the internet. And there is reason for that awe. No, not aw, although the sparrows are cute.


Arkas1 is a mystery. First publishing Rooster in 1981, Arkas has stayed out of the public eye. Byt this I mean, Arkas is not the artist’s real name, as far as we know. I imagine an agent or lawyer knows, the person handling the contracts for publishing for pay. Other than that, great speculation has been the norm for decades.

“His characteristic style of speech and image was so mature and well-designed right from his first publication that the general public had the impression that this was not a new young artist but an acclaimed master who was publishing under a pseudonym!” 2

flying-startsOne reason Arkas is so popular is, the author stays away from being overtly political. There is normally a moral to the stories written. I am using “he” as that is the considered gender by the internet articles I’ve read. I would not be surprised if Arkas is a woman. In a way I believe signs would point to it. The secrecy being part of my reasoning.

Characters in Arkas’ work are people and animals, both of whom talk. I greatly enjoyed the one called Flying Starts about a father sparrow and his son. Sarcastic and self deprecating a times but very telling of society. And. It. Is. Funny. I don’t believe anything is lost in the translation to English, which I noticed someone commented that only a little was lost. I can’t see how any could be lost. Arkas is popular because the work can be in any country or society and be relevant.

Byron Aptosoglou

Little-HeroByron Aptosoglou3 a comic book artist who in 1953 created a comic book, or album as they are known in Europe, titled Little Hero4. The co-creator was Stelios Anemodouras5. The book revolved around three Greek children who fought against the occupation of their country by Bulgarians, Germans, and Italians. The book ended in 1968 with Anemodouras returing to full time artist. The book continued in reprints and theatrical productions.

Alecos Papadatos

Logicomix_coverAlecos Papadatos6 is a writer and illustrator with training in animation at the University of Sorbonne I7, in Paris. What propelled Papadatos to fame in the comic book community is a book called Logicomix8 he created along with Apostolos Doxiadis9, Christos Papadimitriou10 and Annie Di Donna11. The insanity of the success of this graphic novel is the fact Bertrand Russell12 is used as the narrator as you are told his story. I find that amazing and give a credit deal of credit to the minds who came up with the idea and the people who supported the effort and made it such a success. Truly amazing. Oddly you also have the story of how the creators of the book debate over the meaning of the story itself. A brilliant idea.
The book made it to #1 on the New York Times Best Seller Graphic Novels List.


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France Creators from Zig et Puce to Mœbius.




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1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkas
http://www.arkas.gr/index.php/gr/1/lang/en0.htm The official site.

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3 https://www.lambiek.net/artists/a/aptosoglou_byron.htm
4 Wikipedia Google Translate Little Hero
Wikipedia Google Translate For Stelios Anemodouras

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6 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alecos_Papadatos
7 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Paris

8 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logicomix

9 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostolos_Doxiadis
10 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christos_Papadimitriou
11 I couldn’t find any real links to information about this artist. She was the colorist on the Logicomix. Actually a very important part of the process. A colorist makes or breaks the artwork.
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18 Quotes to Inspire Writers, Bloggers–Everyone.

The guy that came up with the Positivity campaign has a problem as he sits here and begins typing. He needs to think of something to write about. Part of the beginning an article with an idea yet to be developed is 18-quotespressure to write an article that is specifically about a certain topic. I gave ideas for others involved to do if they wanted help thinking of something. I am contrary to myself at times. I wanted to do an article instead. I think I like to hear myself type. Now, here I am—writer’s blocked.

As I typed those last two words, the idea came to me. There is something that gets in the way of all of us at times. It keeps us from being positive as often as we could. Did you see the words be positive all of the time in that last sentence?

I may attempt to be positive all the time, but there are life’s lessons that will come my way I need to wade through. Those are the moments that make me healthier mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. They are the moments that make my positive moments stronger. And they help me be more helpful in a positive way to others.

There are things we need to keep in mind. Pressures are often things we put upon ourselves. In reality they are all put upon by us in that we choose to accept the pressure moments. Yes, we have responsibilities, but within those responsibilities there should be an acceptance of reality; things will happen we need to work through, work with, stay calm through.

As I write whatever piece I am writing, those moments of stress come to me quite often as I attempt to capture the perfect voice, word, or phrasing. The books I am an author of are filled with pressure moments I have worked my way thorough. Only recently have I discovered a way to deal with them that may actually be a breakthrough for me.

With that in mind I have several quotes to share, to keep in mind.They are in the order in which I discovered them. I felt an order would negate perhaps the reason I found them in the way I did. Enjoy.


“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”~ Orson Welles


“We do not quit playing because we grow old; we grow old because we quit playing.”~ Oliver Wendell Holmes


“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great.”~ Mark Twain


“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”~ Oscar Wilde


“Before you can win, you have to believe you are worthy.”~ Mike Ditka


“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”~ Paulo Coelho


“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”~ Anna Quindlen


“The man who doesn’t relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on.”~Elbert Hubbard


“Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live.”~Margaret Fuller


“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”~Ovid


“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” ~Bertrand Russell


“Stress is an ignorant state.  It believes that everything is an emergency.”~Natalie Goldberg


“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”~Mohandas K. Gandhi


“Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.”~John De Paola


“Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.”~Terri Guillemets


“Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are.”~Chinese Proverb


“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”~Etty Hillesum


I hope you found a quote that made sense to you in a way.







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