Nicolas Mahler

Lulu and the Black Square - Freely inspired by Frank Wedekind

(German title: Lulu und das schwarze Quadrat)
ca. 128 pages
Nicolas Mahler
Foto: Nicolas Mahler

Nicolas Mahler, born 1969, works as an Illustrator for Austrian, German and Swiss newspapers and magazines. He has published more than 20 books that have amongst others been published in Germany, France, the US and Canada.

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Frank Wedekind’s emancipation plays as dark art and erotic grotesque

The woman of women meets her own murderer


In his brilliant new graphic novel Nicolas Mahler purges Frank Wedekind’s tragedies Earth Spirit und Pandora’s Box and creates a black comedy about the corporeality of women, the possessive mentality of men, and Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square.

Frank Wedekind’s man-eating Lulu once again finds herself in a Suprematist’s atelier. Struggling back and forth between corporality and abstraction, the two are caught by Lulu’s husband in flagranti. He suffers a heart attack. Over the course of time Lulu will send another two men to their graves until one fine day Jack the Ripper walks into her arms…


In conversation with Max Spallek, Nicolas Mahler reveals his rituals while drawing (»I lie down on the couch and think«), which are his favourite comic books, how and when he started to draw comics and that he »visits« his books in book shops.

Other publications

Partyspaß mit Kant/Party With Kant (2015)

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Czech Republic (Archa)

Der Weltverbesserer/The World-Fixer (2014)

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Czech Republic (Archa)

Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften/The Man Without Qualities (2013)

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English world rights (Seagull), Spanish world rights (Salamandra), Italy (Edizioni Clichy), Czech Republic (Archa)

Gedichte/Poems (2013)

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English world rights (Seagull), Czech Republic (Archa)

Alice in Sussex/Alice in Sussex (2013)

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Spanish world rights (Salamandra), Slovenia (VigeVageKnjige)

Alte Meister/Old Masters (2011)

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English world rights (Seagull), Spanish world rights (Sinsentido - published, rights reverted), Chinese simplex rights (Horizon), France (L'Association), Poland (Proszynski) Czech Republic (Archa)