Project GORB - CoverVladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, otherwise known as Lenin, was a revolutionary who served as the head of the Russian government between 1917 and 1924. He's also known for having a small beard, a big forehead, and a medium-sized crush on comic books. Or to be more specific about it, the following comic book, written by Maksim Lushchyk and drawn by Aleksander Utkin! Want to know more? Then please check out this discussion I had with Maksim and Aleksander. Comrades, it's now over to you...

1) What are your own origins?   Maksim: I was born in Minsk, Belarus, and currently live in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, where I'm employed as an independent director of animation.

Aleksander: Whereas I’m a professional illustrator and designer from Obninsk, Russia.

2) What inspired you to create, ‘Project GORB’?   Maksim: Growing up in the ex-USSR I saw monuments nigh on everywhere I went. So, one day, I said to myself, 'Why are there so many of them, and are they just monuments or something else, something far more dangerous?'. Which was an idea that lived in my head for quite some time, and seemed like a very big and ambitious comic book project to take on! That is until I finally met Aleksander, who has crazy drawing skills and was the last piece of the puzzle.

Project GORB - Art
3) In your own words, how would you describe this story?   Maksim: It’s like Mad Max set in a post-Soviet wasteland, just without any sign of a nuclear apocalypse. After all, Russia doesn’t need a nuclear apocalypse! 

Aleksander: Or in other words, it's a fun epic battle between the past and the future you can’t hide from.

4) What song would you say best represents this comic and why?   Aleksander: I'd have to select 'Moskau' by Rammstein, because they're the type of band you'd stream on your iPhone while driving an old Soviet truck and fighting Soviet robots!

5) If you could get a celebrity – either living or dead – to promote your wares, who would you choose, and why would you want to choose this particular person?   Maksim: Well, one celebrity is already promoting our project: Lenin himself, who you can still see exposed in the Sumerian Ziggurat, right in the center of Moscow

Aleksander: But whenever Lenin is sleeping, maybe Till Lindemann could take his place and promote 'Project GORB' instead. Yeah! That would be cool!

Project GORB - Truck
6) What have you learned about yourself through this endeavor?   Maksim: I’ve been creating this comic for more than 15 years now, and during that time, I've grown up, abandoned any aggressive teenage fantasies I had, became an adult, and then went back to being a teenage fantasist again.

Aleksander: Every time I work with somebody else, I always manage to change my perspective and discover something different about myself. Something new, something creative, and something that would have never been drawn otherwise. It’s not always easy, but it is truly rewarding.

Project GORB - Statue
7) During your time in this field, what is the one thing that has kept you in good stead?   Maksim: As a post-Soviet nerd, I was always hoping I could find a movie or comic book similar to 'Project GORB'. But as no-one ever made something like this, I had to do it myself.

8) If ‘Project GORB’ had a motto, what would it be?   Maksim: 'High five to the Dead Hand'.

And on that note, I'd like to thank Maksim and Aleksander for telling us about their new comic book, 'Project GORB', before encouraging you to check out their facebook, instagram, and indiegogo, pages. 

PROJECT GORB - A COMIC FOR THE COMRADES PROJECT GORB - A COMIC FOR THE COMRADES Reviewed by David Andrews on February 21, 2019 Rating: 5

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