Terrorists, Bombs, Zombies, and Vladimir Putin! A Recipe For Action! What Else Does A Growing Boy Need?
The Bad Ass Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and His Trusty Sidekick Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Crush Terrorists, and get to the bottom of Social Bullshit!
While surfing the web Sunday (I know, big surprise there) I saw an article on yahoo’s home page about a comic that looked interesting. The comic titled Super Putin had all the right ingredients in just the right mix: action, zombies, satire, and of course Vladimir Putin. Interested, I bit, and followed the link to the website to check it out. I scanned through the art, and it was capital G-good. The only issue was that I couldn’t read it because it was in Russian. So I shot them off a quick email and It started an exchange:Hello Super Putin, Your comic is awesome! I really like the art, and the idea is amazing! Could you translate into English? Please…please…please! You must be a really smart group to get yahoo to cover it, on their home page no less. Really great, thanks a lot. Abra Cadaver.
Their Reply:Thanx Abra Cadaver, we are really happy to hear such warm words :) And of course you will get english version, but first you must say where we can send it – may be in newyorker or some more art-oriented magazine? And it is not very easy to make the translation and we are working on it for few days – maybe you want to join and give us little help with that? I can send you our text and you will give us your comments as a native speaker, m? :)) ? ?????????, ??????? ??????
My Reply:Hello Everyman, Sorry brother I am very far removed from anything like the New Yorker. I hope you do get published in such a popular periodical. I run a small blog with a few friends @ www.burpingthecorpse.com . On the other hand I would love to help you with translation in the area of slang, idiom, fluency. I know that that can sometimes be a problem in translations. I have a degree in creative writing, if that matters to you. As regards joining, Where? How? I don’t speak Russian, obviously, and so I can’t easily navigate your site. I did think about using a firefox, or google translation app to view pages, and perhaps even translate. I saw something on an app that translates languages from pics, perhaps, this would help you with the rough translation of your comic. Like I said, I’d be happy to help. Again, your comic is an awesome creative project. Great work! Abra Cadaver.
Their Reply:Abra Cadaver, thanx anyway. Just because you ask, we maded this: http://www.superputin.ru/englishski/ :) Check it for mistastakes and not-so-funny jokes! :)) ? ?????????, ??????? ??????
My Reply:Hello Super, Really, a very good translation. And a fantastic comic. Thanks. 1- I am not speaking for English speakers around the world, but Americans, my countrymen, are mostly idiots, so, you may want to include “Russia”, or “Odintsovo, Russian Territory”, or something to that effect, because the “average Joe” in the USA may get confused when he see’s the Muslims, and assume Putin is somewhere in Afghanistan. That is if you feel like pandering to idiots. 2-”Heavens forbid” would normally be “Heaven forbid” not plural, unless this was intentional, or denotes some specific Russian cultural difference I am unaware of. 3-”This lane for Emergency…”, should be “This lane is for…”, or “lane’s” the apostrophe s “‘s” denotes a colloquial conjunctive. when words are intentionally misspelled to show how it is said. 4-”How reality is developing?” should be “How is reality developing?” 5- “Thank you Mr…You are…”, I got what you meant, but it would be clearer if you tried “Thank you Mr. Sechin! Right on time as always!” 6- “we’ll see about that on a tatami” was totally lost on met, I thought is was a mat and wasn’t sure until I looked it up. In English one might say “Let’s take it to the mat”, or “I took you him to the mat”, generally speaking this is a wrestling reference, but it’s dated, and not very cool. Might I suggest ” Let’s throw some bows”, http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=throwing%20bows , or “Let’s get down!” or “Let’s throw down!” 7- Not sure if it was supposed to, but the comic ended after the video game fight screen frame. it would be customary to add a “TO BE CONTINUED…” in a box. (NOTES)The first to comments are probably overly critical, and, or culturally subjective. As for “bad jokes”, that would definitely be subjective. I understood all of the social references made by the zombies with buckets on their heads, because I follow a lot of international news, but I doubt very many people outside Russia will follow. I don’t see what you can do about that. Thanks for the translation. I really enjoyed the comic! Funny! I hope I was of any help! Honestly, keep up the great work. Can we expect more? If So, any plans on distribution? If I were you, I would think about running a serial for mobiles. I know they are huge in Japan. You could look there for direction. They are also called micro stories, I think. Perhaps, an advanced RSS for syndication, partial feed for free, and full feed for paid subscribers. Run with it guys! I’m no big website myself, but I would love to add your comic with your permission, and appropriate links and credits to www.burpingthecorpse.com ! If not, no worries. Again, thanks for the great comic. Very, cheeky. Best Regards, Abra Cadaver.
Their Reply :ok man thanx a lot. Today we celebrating birthday of our painter zashtopik, and risgh now watchin Life Cycles movie about bikers – pretty cool, btw. But i promise – i will correct all mistakes on this week and publish correct english version. But you can feel fry to any use of our comics, i dare you :) ? ?????????, ??????? ??????
These Guys were great, and if I was a rich man I would have jetted over to Russia to help them toast their friend’s artwork. Alas, I am a poor man. Again, the link to their main site is: www.superputin.ru
It should be noted that when I searched again for the original article at yahoo news that led me on this little adventure, I couldn’t find it. I did find and article that did not include a link back to their site. BTW, If you barrow from these guys and don’t credit them with a link, you are a dirt bag. Once more, aggregate from this article, and don’t give them a link, and I’ll be coming after you. Heed my warning or this could happen to you.
And before any of you dead beats start to shoot me comments that the changes have not been made to the comic provided here, that is because I didn’t want to wait. I’ll update the pages later once they have made them in a week, or so.
*Comic Updated 6/2/2011