Kaja Saudek

Kája Saudek (Karel) was born in 1935. He is a Czech comics illustrator. He is one of the most important exponents of the Czech comics since the second half of the 1960s. Saudek became familiar with the American comics in his early years. He was inspired mainly by the works of Walt Disney and later he was influenced also by Robert Crumb and Richard Corben. He became a technical writer and in 1950s worked as a scene-shifter at the Barrandov Film Studios. In 1966 the director Miloš Macourek used some of his drawings in the film Kdo chce zabít Jessii? (Who Wants to Kill Jessie?) and Saudek’s works gradually became more popular in the Czechoslovakia.

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