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26 Mar 13

Serbian Artist Turns 'Django Unchained' into Comic

Belgrade-born artist Rajko Milosevic, known as R M Guera, is turning the hit Tarantino movie into a 120-page comic.

Vecernje Novosti Belgrade
Rajko Milosevic aka R.M. Guera | Photo: R.M. Guera Facebook page

The Oscar-winning script of Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained is slowly becomes a comic thanks to the Rajko Milosevic, aka R M Guera, who began his career in is native Yugoslavia before moving to Spain in the Nineties.

Guera, well known for the Scalped series published by US-based Vertigo Comics, as well as for his six-page illustration of the movie Inglorious Bastards, is a star in the world of comics.

The Belgrade-born artist told Novosti newspaper that Tarantino had chosen him because he previously worked on a comic version of a small excerpt from Inglorious Bastards, and he gave him full support to work on Django Unchained.

"I am currently working on monthly episodes, and it is going great. The first circulation is sold out completely, while the second is in print," he said. "In the end, it will be all published in a single book." The complete comic book of Django Unchained will have 120 pages.

Guera said that he had never actually met Tarantino. Instead he recieves instructions from his publisher and Tarantino's producer via email.

"I am working on the first, original script that includes a lot of scenes that were left out from the movie," he recalled.

Although he says the script is a good one, Guera says that adaptating it into comic form still takes time.

Reflecting on the difference between film and comic genres, he says that "it is much easier to express an attitude through a comic," which offers possibilities to stop and think things over. "Although movies have sound they do not have same visual elements.

"It takes a master such as Tarkovsky, Rossellini, Kurosawa just to catch the most important note, and that is the viewpoint from which the life is observed, not only the flow of events," Guera observes.  

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