Milan Rastislav Štefánik is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most important figures of the modern history of Slovakia. Nevertheless, there is still so much we still don’t know about his incredible life story. Usually, it’s just the basic facts - he was an astronomer, soldier, diplomat, and founder of the Czechoslovak state. Therefore we decided to narrate his story in a whole new, unconventional way. We commenced with a comic book, created by Lenka Mičúchová (text), and Nina Abramovičová (illustrations).
THE STORY OF THE COMIC BOOK
Lenka and Nina are two young women, connected by:
- courage, joy, and zeal to create,
- respect to Milan Rastislav Štefánik,
- the Milan Rastislav Štefánik museum in his birth house, where they both worked,
- last, but not least the Košariská-Priepasné Lutheran congregation, whose members invited Pavel Štefánik from Krajné to become their first pastor more than 140 years ago. If it wasn’t for him, the village wouldn’t be connected with general Štefánik up to this day.
Description of comic book
Title: Milan Rastislav Štefánik, the incredible life story of a commander from Košariská.
The book is a full-colored A4 publication consisting of 82 Wire-O bound pages, originally issued in Slovak. The book is colored by hand and tells the story of Milan Rastislav Štefánik from cradle to grave. The fact-based plot narrative describes Štefánik’s life in a gripping way, meant to enthrall all age categories, but is mainly meant to attract children and youth.
The book begins with 18 portraits of the most vital personalities Štefánik met during his life. Many of them helped him to fulfill his goal. A short description of each gives the reader an idea of their role in history, and also in Štefánik’s life. The first part of the actual story focuses on the family background, childhood, and studies to familiarize the reader with the historical situation that formed Štefánik’s personality, namely his national awareness. The second part of the comic book describes his scientific work, and especially his numerous achievements in this field. The story includes his military and diplomatic career, too, and wraps up with the achievement of his highest goal – the creation of the common state of Czechs and Slovaks. Naturally, the narrative also gives an account of his activity in the legions, as well as his tragic end.
The last page of the comic book consists of a big A3 map which depicts all Štefánik’s travels around the globe. The next page describes his monument on the Bradlo hill and gives numerous interesting facts about the monument, as well as Štefánik’s life and achievements.
The comic book was translated into English and French.
Mgr. Lenka Mlčĺchová
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