Since March 2016 the Abrafaxes, heroes of the monthly comic book “Mosaik”, have brought the world of Central Germany around 1517 to life in entertaining fashion. For the first decades of the sixteenth century have so many similarities to our own epoch: the media revolution, the sudden expansion of the world beyond comprehension, the onset of social transformation reaching far into the future – all things we are familiar with. Yet on the other hand, the Middle Ages permeated every area of everyday life.
Quite apart from the fact that events of the sixteenth century continue to impact on our present times, quite apart from the rumbling of history then, there are so many little aspects of everyday life that sometimes seem familiar to us and yet sometimes seem unbelievably foreign and bizarre. A teenager with a passion for drawing and a cheerful girl who is sent to a convent, the Augustinian monk Luther and the all-round talent Cranach, the pope, his architect Raffael and a whole panorama of other personalities from contemporary history come to life in “Mosaik” and accompany the Abrafaxes on their incredible adventures.
The idea was born in 2014
In 2014 we came up with the idea of doing something about Luther and the Reformation period. Initially only one issue was planned, but the wealth of material and the many parallels with our time captivated us so much that we wanted to do more with it. After we had talked about it in our monthly editorial meeting and considered who might be a reliable partner, that very afternoon the phone rang.