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Coffee+Dumpling+Komiks: A New Hampshire Comic Artist in Slovakia

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Marek Bennett's signature cartoon rabbit, with the mountains of Slovakia in the background.

Comic artist Marek Bennett of Henniker has always had a connection to the country of Slovakia through his ancestry. His great grandmother came to the US from Slovakia a century ago, and he has relatives living there today.

When he traveled to Slovakia last year, he found a different connection to the country: his art.

Bennett returned to Slovakia this past fall, to study the way Slovakian artists told stories through stained glass, murals, even signposts. He’s back in New Hampshire, and he’s compiling the comics he drew on the trip into a graphic novel. He joins talk about his trip with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson. 

Additional audio: listen to additional audio tracks to hear Marek Bennett talk about being in Slovakia at a time when the country wound up in the middle of the international debate over European debt and what radio sounds like in Slovakia. 

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