“The element of the absurd is further underlined by Ivana Armanini’s grotesque comic strip adaptations, published jointly with the Komikaze collection.
“Set outside identifiable time and place, Armanini’s strips reduce the detective plots to their bare bones – or more correctly, basic shapes: Scott is most often represented by a conical shape with facial features on hairy legs in high heels, while Lambert’s avatar is heart-shaped. In her drawings and captions, Armanini pares down Simić’s already parodic and absurd narrative take on Sherlock Holmes to black-and-white abstractions and stunted dialogue, creating a punk version of the tales. Unlike Simić’s stories, some of the comic strips feature dialogue and captions (if not titles) in a rather basic English translation. While the strips reach out to an international comic book reading public keen on the bizarre and the unexpected (having been made available online by the artist on her website), the stories collection appropriates the Sherlock Holmes canon, queers it, and makes it a part of Croatian literature.”
Besides on Ivana’s own website, and on the webzine Komikaze.hr that she also runs as a platform for the promotion of independent international graphic artists, Armanini has also published her Gloria Scott strips in a number of national and international collections and magazines, most notably in: Libra Libera, 2001 (Zagreb); Stripburger, Madburger and Stripburek editions/ Stripcore, Ljubljana 2001 – 2002; BREAK 1 (Ljubljana), 2002: and monograph “Women cartoonists from the Balkans / Ženski strip na Balkanu”, 2010.
JURICA STAREŠINČIĆ / ZAREZ (CRO): http://www.zarez.hr/clanci/glupa-i-nakazna-detektivka-kaznjava-nevine
JURICA STAREŠINČIĆ II / ZAREZ (CRO): http://www.zarez.hr/clanci/panker-protiv-mobyja