Category Archive: pre-trip

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ABC Slovak History

My pre-trip reading has also included Štefan Blaško’s “ABC Slovak Language Vol. 5: Slovakia Geography & History” ( (c)1973 Štefan Blaško, 60 Crescent Terrace, Belleville, N.J., 07109). Here are a couple useful maps… Continue reading

Notes on Roma History in Slovakia (Part 1)

Here are some panels about the past few centuries, based on Willy Guy’s essay in this book by Josef Koudelka … (The book’s mostly photos from Roma settlements in Eastern Slovakia during the 1960s.  The… Continue reading

Getting Ready

Maps: Central Europe

Sometimes when I’m working on a longer piece and I run out of steam, it helps to draw maps.  (I drew this one over breakfast this morning, while NOT drawing a piece about… Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: NH Artist Explores Roots in Eastern Europe

26 August 2011 ~ NH ARTIST EXPLORES ROOTS IN EASTERN EUROPE ~ Cartoonist Marek Bennett will use comics to share stories, language, and culture of Slovakia …

Roma Community Center (Lipany)

This video by Slovenska Katolicka Charita describes their Roma center in Lipany, where we’re planning some Comics Workshop programs for the Fall:

Comics Samples: Ikony Museum @ Bardejov

Here are a few samples of the painted comics that ABOUND in Slovak churches!  These ikons were on display at the Greek Catholic “IKONY” museum at Bardejov in July 2010:

Why Go to Slovakia?

Here’s a mini-comic that explains a bit about the trip…

Old Notebook Pages (2010)

Here are a couple pages from 2010 Notebook #2 (the only survivor of the great 2010 Martin Backpack Heist):

Old Travel Sketches

Here are a few sample travel sketches from previous European adventures, to give some idea of what some part of this upcoming project might look like:

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