Krokodil magazine was an illustrated Soviet satirical journal, published in the USSR between 1922 and 1991. This blog is related to my PhD project. I am interested in political cartoons and caricature, and satirical journals in general, but specifically the operation of the medium in the Soviet context. I investigate Krokodil in relation to theories of carnival, transmediality and performativity.
Also interesting that both the pro- and less pro-Putin Twitter are using the same visual methods to make opposite political points.
The work of Студия 13 is very interesting. In more than one way it's reminiscent of Krokodil imagery, as these two cartoons illustrate. Studiia 13 appear to be a project founded and supported by MGER, Молодая гвардия, the youth wing of United Russia, and interestingly, they were behind the "Without Filters" («Без фильтров») exhibitions earlier this year.
The influence of Soviet-era graphic satire is very clear, in my view, although some of Studiia 13's methods employ much more crudeness than Krokodil, and much less grotesque.
Krokodil always engaged with topical discourses, and in the period of relative artistic freedom after Stalin's death the magazine published a variety of cartoons on various themes, including aspects of domestic politics.