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Cover Date: October 2006
Cover Price: US $23.95
Issue Tagline: Comics inspired by beehive panels
Format: Black & White; Magazine; 264 pages
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There is a centuries-old tradition amongst the rural poor of Slovenia. Beehive panels were historically used to tell stories. On each panel of the hive, a different part of the story was advanced through expressive pictures.
It was really not that different from the way a comic story is told today.
For this reason, Strip Core, Slovenia's dominant comics imprint, have decided to bring together the country's most innovative artists to attempt to tell contemporary stories in the tradition of the beehive painters of old. Their efforts are collected here.
Honoring the new tradition of modern beehive panels being kitschy trinkets for tourists, all the stories are in English, so that a worldwide audience can share in this "taste of Slovenia".
This particular issue has its own website.
It is not obvious that this is a part of the regular Stripburger series, as it bears no number. However, this title has a tradition of releasing un-numbered issues, which don't even bear the name Stripburger. The number of the issue is implied by the issues which surround it, leaving a gap in the numbering which is logically accounted for by this issue.
Not nearly enough is known about this issue of Stripburger, despite the presence of a dedicated website.
It is known, however, that its US release, at least, will be comprised of a box set of nine books, along with an additional booklet giving insight into the Slovenian tradition of beehive panel painting. The comic books are all, unusually, in landscape format, and they are between 28-32 pages in length each.
Due to the unusual packaging of this collection each comic is considered, below, a "story" of the overall product.
The price and release day refer to information given by its US distributor, Top Shelf Comix. It is currently unclear what the original publication date and price was in Europe.
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