Annotated Bibliography

Bladek, Marta. “The Forgotten “I”. The Women’s Review of Books 29.3 (2012): 26–29. Web. Marta Bladek has an interesting perspective review of Marzi as she grew up in Poland at a similar time of that in the memoir. She gives her scholarly review and says that it convey both the immediacy of the child’s point of view and commentary of the adult she later came to be. It powerfully invokes a strong sense that other Polish citizens could never have dreamed of. The memoir is remarkably accurate in its portrayal of Bladek’s generation and depicts the historical events of their childhoods with martial law, Chernobyl disaster, and Poland’s first free elections. The drawings alongside her story shows both sides of the coin that result in a happy marriage of style and message. Readers that are unfamiliar to the history aspect will find it familiar as it does a good job of relating in universal life concepts. This is her intended audience and it hits close to home on many different levels.

Brooks, David. “The Legacy of Fear.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 10 Nov. 2014. Web. 30 Mar. 2016. This article talks about what has happened to post-communist countries since the fall of the Berlin Wall in terms of success or failure. Some countries never recovered economically, some grew because of the resources they had, and some never fully transitioned to capitalism. It basically came down to the decision of the countries leaders that determined if they were successful or not. Communism damaged countries in many ways and the recovery process was long, if they even recovered at all. This article is relevant because it gives insight into what life might have been like for Marzi in the years following the end of the book. It talks about Poland specifically and how they were successful because they completed their transition to capitalism and have resources that keep their economy going.

“Comics: ‘Marzi: A Memoir'” Publisher’s Weekly. N.p., n.d. Web. This review of Sowa’s memoir are positive and gives most readers a powerful sense of the world she saw in Poland during her childhood. Publisher’s Weekly states that it is the perfect guide to her world in Poland as she tries to better inform the reader in understanding the controlled state as well as the interactions of adults around her. How she perceives her environment and how her point of view paints a vivid picture of her time as a child is a major selling point. The majority of these pages are depicted from her eye-level which enables us to comprehend her perspective It discusses to layout of each page and that it has the same six-panel layout along with the cartoon style, dialogue, and quality in each. It’s discussed that the memoir captures Marzi’s childhood as well as the story of Poland itself. Without being careless or sacrificing any of its overall complexion. The comic portrays this comparison between the children and the oppressed.

“Marzena Sowa – Guests – Conrad Festival.” Conrad Festival. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2016.
The Conrad festival is a lot like that of comic con here in North America. The last festival Sowa attended was in 2015 as Marzi gains popularity. The Festival is in Poland where the Marzi comic was in an exhibition titled: WAR! Along with other works such as Nation of Perdition and 25 pieces of war art. At these types of events Marzena Sowa participates in wide group discussions where fans can ask questions. It’s usually a good way to interact with fans and see the type of audience which is quite broad in this case that she caters towards. As the comic is fairly young, Sowa will be doing many more interactions with her fans. Like most artists and writers, as more public appearances are scheduled for Sowa, the more the book grows in popularity. The Conrad festival is special to Polish writers and creators as it celebrates Polish artistry.

“Review: Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War.” N.p., 1 Feb. 2012. Web. 31 Mar. 2016. The review covers all aspects discussed in the short documentary, Love, Hate and Propaganda: The Cold War. The reasoning behind doing this short documentary was to show how influential propaganda was and how it was almost as important as the weapons used. From everything leading up to the war and giving a good understanding of how the dictators operated and created their ideal homes. They discuss how it tries to be as un-bias as possible by showing both sides of the coin. Each episode is made more effective & poignant by dropping in personal stories from those who lived through these events as well as supported facts from intellectuals in the field. These stories managed to be personal, yet factual and fascinating at the same time. Marzi makes a small appearance at 21:30 to show some correlation between the social constructs and how Sowa represents that in her comic memoir. Ultimately the documentary is a good educational tool or refresher course on the history and social constructs of the Cold War.

Smith, Andrew A. “Comics: ‘Marzi: A Memoir'” The Seattle Times. N.p., 17 Nov. 2011. Web. 31 Mar. 2016. Andrew A. Smith gives his review of Marzi as life under communism as an experience completely foreign to those that this book was catered towards. He does explain however that she does capture the perspective of a child, one universal to us all. One similarity he makes in the review is that it is similar to Persepolis a similar tale of another little girl growing up under a repressive regime. In addition, both Sowa and the creator of Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi, uses a fluid, cartoony style, which serves as a counterpoint to the harsh, serious world in which they lived once before. And while there are similarity, the difference is that Marzi only allows us to see what she herself witnessed, and how she understood it. This contrasted that of Persepolis, which he states make Marzi unique in that sense. He continues to state that Marzi is a mesmerizing read and one that will not be soon forgotten.

Sowa, Marzena. Marzi. New York: DC Comics, 2011. Ebook. This is the book we did our project on and it was a main source for a lot of our research. Marzi is a memoir written by Marzena Sowa about her life as a child living in communist Poland during the 1980’s. It tells us various stories from her childhood and shows what life was like for people living in Poland at the time.

Vankin, Deborah. “‘Marzi’: Graphic Memoir Charts Universal experiences.” Hero Complex. N.p., 15 Oct. 2011. Web. 31 Mar. 2016. This interview of Marzena Sowa done b1y Deborah Vankin delves deeper into the story of Marzi. She talks about the key issues underlying Poland at the time of her childhood and how she lives now in relation to her earlier days. It also discusses the choice of comic for the medium to tell her story and how the collaboration with her fiancé Sylvain impacted any of process. How comics influenced her in Poland at the time and later on in her life. How she carries herself and how privileged she feels nowadays plays a big part in why she wanted to tell the story now. The reader gets an understanding of the world and how that contrasts what she experienced in Poland in relation to aspects she never takes advantage of after all of it. With a specific example she gave trying to describe how sparse grocery stores were and how little choice they truly had in the grand scheme of that era.