Bubble Comics

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Bubble Comics
FoundedSeptember 2011
FounderArtyom Gabrelyanov[1]
Country of originRussia
Headquarters locationMoscow
Key peopleRoman Kotkov, Editor-in-chief
Evgeniy Fedotov, writer
Anastasia Kim, artist
Natalia Zaidova, artist
Andrey Vasin, artist
Fiction genresSuperheroes
Official websitebubblecomics.com

BUBBLE Comics (Russian: Издательство BUBBLE) is the largest Russian comic book publisher, founded in 2011.[2] It is the only publishing house in Russia that produces original non-franchised comic books. Its early slate consisted of four titles: Demonslayer, Major Grom, Friar, and Red Fury. These were later joined by Exlibrium and Meteora. The original four titles concluded their run in December 2016 at fifty issues each. In January 2017, four new ongoing series were launched in their place: Allies, Demonslayer vol. 2, Igor Grom, and Realmwalkers.[3]


BUBBLE magazine[edit]

BUBBLE Comics was founded in 2011 by journalist Artyom Gabrelyanov as part of News Media, a company owned by his father, media mogul Aram Gabrelyanov. Initially it published the eponymous BUBBLE magazine with collections of satirical comics, such as Bruce UnMighty, Dick Adequate, HastarbAnime, and Mister Policeman.

The magazine did not gain much popularity and was published for less than a year.[4][5] Over time, Artyom Gabrelyanov decided that the publishing house should abandon humorous comics in favor of adventure and superhero ones.[6]

Superhero comics[edit]

In October 2012, the publisher started releasing four ongoing monthly series: Major Grom, Demonslayer, Friar, and Red Fury. In October 2014, at the very first Comic-Con Russia in Moscow, BUBBLE Comics announced two new series—Exlibrium and Meteora.[7] First issues of each came out the same month. In the period between December 2013 and February 2014, the first crossover between the BUBBLE Comics lines was published: a joint story arc of Friar and Demonslayer was released under the title Friar against Demonslayer.[8]

In 2014, two action figures of Red Fury characters were released. In October, BUBBLE Comics became a partner in the first Comic-Con Russia festival.[9]

In October 2015, English-language versions of BUBBLE's comics started appearing on the comiXology platform.[10]

In May 2016, BUBBLE launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish the English-language hardcover edition of Exlibrium. The project was successfully funded, raising $24,554 in total—almost two-and-a-half times more than their initial goal of $10,000.[11]

In December 2016, the publisher announced the closure of its four principal lines (Major Grom, Demonslayer, Friar, Red Fury) and the opening of four new ones—Igor Grom, Demonslayer vol.2, Realmwalkers, and Allies. Each of the old stories ended in the fiftieth issue. The first issues of the new lines went on sale on 20 January 2017. This initiative was called The Second Wind.

BUBBLE Studios[edit]

In October 2015, BUBBLE Comics announced the establishment of a film production department, BUBBLE Studios, responsible for adapting their comics to movies. Vladimir Besedin was named head of the department. Shortly after, BUBBLE Studios began work on its first project, the short film Major Grom, intended as a pilot project before making a full-length film. The trailer for the short was released in October 2016.[12] The film, directed by Vladimir Besedin, premiered on 21 February 2017 on BUBBLE's YouTube channel[13] and by the end of its first day, it had more than 1.7 million views. Soon after, BUBBLE Studios began developing the feature film Major Grom: Plague Doctor.[14] The production, based on the bestselling comic Major Grom, was released in April 2021. It was made available on the Netflix streaming platform on 7 July 2021.[15]

Other projects[edit]

Bubble Comics has collaborated with the Soyuzmultfilm animation studio.[16] The two companies are working together on several projects, one of which is the animated show Coolix, based on the eponymous series of children's comics about superhero animals, published by Bubble in 2017–2018. Coolix is set to premiere in September 2021. The series is planned in 2D format and intended for children ages 6–8. There will presumably be 26 episodes, each 11 minutes long.[17]

"Soyuzmultfilm always has been an experimental studio, and nowadays we are open to various formats of cooperation that allow us to create bright, relevant projects <...> Interaction with Bubble Comics has posed us a number of interesting tasks that are associated with moving comic book heroes onto screens and vice versa—this is a completely new precedent for Russian animation in general".

Additionally, a series of comics about the characters from the "golden collection" of Soviet cartoons is in production. According to Roman Kotkov, editor-in-chief of Bubble Comics, this project is still at an early stage of development, but the style for future releases is already being selected.[18]

List of comics[edit]


  • Demonslayer (Бесобой, 2012–2016) – a low fantasy series about a demon hunter in modern Moscow
    • Demonslayer vol.2 (2017–2021) – a sequel of Demonslayer
  • Major Grom (Майор Гром, 2012–2016) – a detective series in which Russian policeman Igor Grom investigates various crimes, including mystical ones. The adventures of Igor Grom continue in the following comics:
    • Igor Grom (Игорь Гром, 2017–2021) – a sequel of Major Grom
    • Major Igor Grom (Майор Игорь Гром, 2021–present) – a sequel of Igor Grom
  • Friar (Инок, 2012–2016) – a time travel fantasy based on Russian history and Orthodox Christianity
    • Realmwalkers (Мироходцы, 2017–2018) – a sequel of Friar
  • Red Fury (Красная Фурия, 2012–2016) – a story about spy super agents
    • Allies (Союзники, 2017–2020) – a sequel of the Red Fury series
  • Meteora (Метеора, 2014–present) – a space opera series about cosmic smugglers
  • Exlibrium (Экслибриум, 2014–present) – a low fantasy series about a secret order of magicians who protect Earth from fictional characters who become real
  • Coolix (Крутиксы, 2017–2018) – comic series for children about superhero animals
  • Plague Doctor (Чумной Доктор, 2020–present) – a series about two antagonists from Major Grom
  • MIR (МИР, 2020–present) – a comic following a Soviet superhero who died during the Cold war and was resurrected in the present day


  • Time of the Raven (Время Ворона, 2015–2016) – a crossover about the characters from Major Grom, Demonslayer, Red Fury, and Friar
  • Witch-Hunt (Охота на ведьм, 2018) – a comic following Time of a Raven


  • Major Grom (2017) – short film
  • Major Grom: Paper Airplanes (2017) – teaser trailer
  • Major Grom: Plague Doctor (2021) – feature-length film, part of Bubble Cinematic Universe
  • Coolix (2021) – animated series
  • Grom: Boyhood (2023) – prequel to Major Grom: Plague Doctor. Part of Bubble Cinematic Universe.
  • Fury (TBA) – television series, part of Bubble Cinematic Universe

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Артем Габрелянов – о русских супергероях, "Пантеоне", и недостатках "Хранителей"
  2. ^ "The Russia House Of Ideas: An Interview With Russia's Bubble". ComicsAlliance. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  3. ^ Johnston, Rich (11 January 2017). "All Four Artists For Russia's Bubble Comics Launches In January Are Women". Bleeding Cool News And Rumors. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  4. ^ "About us". news.bubble.ru. Archived from the original on 9 July 2021. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Габреляновы и российская империя комиксов". GQ Россия (in Russian). Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Главред издательства комиксов Bubble: "Хотим, чтобы нас читали даже кондукторы"". m24.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Comic Con Russia ЭКСКЛЮЗИВ: "Экслибриум" и "Метеора" — новые серии BUBBLE - SpiderMedia.ru". spidermedia.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  8. ^ "About us". news.bubble.ru. Archived from the original on 9 July 2021. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Comic-Con Russia", Wikipedia, 2 July 2021, retrieved 4 July 2021
  10. ^ BUBBLE Digital Comics - Comics by comiXology. Archived from the original on 20 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Exlibrium: Book One". Kickstarter. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  12. ^ bubblecomics (4 October 2016), Майор Гром – официальный трейлер, retrieved 19 July 2017
  13. ^ bubblecomics (21 February 2017), МАЙОР ГРОМ / Официальная премьера фильма!, retrieved 19 July 2017
  14. ^ MAJOR GROM: PLAGUE DOCTOR Trailer | Exclusive (2020) Superhero Movie, retrieved 5 July 2021
  15. ^ "New on Netflix: July 2021 Releases". Den of Geek. 1 July 2021. Archived from the original on 1 July 2021. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  16. ^ "«Союзмультфильм» и Bubble Comics выпустят комиксы с персонажами советской анимации". Афиша. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  17. ^ "Союзмультфильм снимет мультсериал Крутиксы". 360tv.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  18. ^ ""Ну, погоди" и "Бременские музыканты": герои "Союзмультфильма" появятся в комиксах Bubble Comics". smotrim.ru. Retrieved 30 June 2021.

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