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Vladrushka starring in "Forward! FORWARD!"(film poster) Print

John Linton Roberson

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(Graphite and charcoal on paper under digital color and typography) _______________________________ Notes on "Forward! FORWARD!" 1980 Directed by Yuri Dmitri Myshkin Starring Vladrushka V. Vostok One of Myshkin's works of "pornoganda" for which he was the most proud, and also, as so often in cinema, one of his greatest heartbreaks. This three-hour epic starred Vladrushka in her usual Myshkin role of a plucky young beautiful Soviet girl who wants to give her all for the glorious Soviet Union. This time around, her way of doing it is to seduce the entire American Olympic team systematically, making them all late or woozy for their events, assuring Soviet gold medals in every event. The climax of the film is Vladrushka being declared a Hero of the Soviet People by Brezhnev himself, who was barely aware of what he was being filmed for but went along so no one would suspect. Truly, Myshkin put his heart and soul into this intensely patriotic film, but unfortunately, fate killed his dreams, or at least this one: it had been intended to be released to coincide with the 1980 Moscow Olympics, but the United States boycotted that year because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Now a source of embarrassment, the film and all publicity materials were permanently shelved and locked in an iron box in the sub-basement of the Soviet Archives, where it was later found in 1996. Myshkin and Vladrushka spent 6 months in a work camp for not predicting the US would boycott. "I was foolish," Myshkin later said in his signed confession that secured his release.

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Print:Giclee on Fine Art Paper

Size:9 W x 12 H x 0.1 D in

Size with Frame:14.25 W x 17.25 H x 1.2 D in

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John Linton Roberson has been an independent cartoonist, writer, and illustrator for over 25 years, and has produced 22 publications as Bottomless Studio since 1998. He is the adapter of Frank Wedekind's Lulu, the creator of Martha, Vladrushka, and Suzy Spreadwell, among others, and the co-creator (with John E. Williams) of Uncle Cyrus. In addition he has also been published by Journey Magazine, Fantagraphics Books, Seven Stories Press and Martian Lit. He is also the editor of the anthology THIS SICKNESS. Pages from his Lulu were exhibited in Munich's Deutsches Theatremuseum as part of their 2014 Frank Wedekind retrospective. Occasionally he is heard, usually at length, on Tim Young's Deconstructing Comics podcast. Some of the influences on his current work include Dave Sim, Dan DeCarlo, Felicien Rops,Terry Southern, Jack Kamen, Molly Kiely, Paolo Serpieri, Emily Kaplan, Norman Lindsay, Carter Tutti and Guido Crepax. Online you can find him at

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