Netflix’s much-awaited German supernatural horror series 1899 premiered on November 17 and received mostly positive reviews. A mystical offering by Dark creators, the series has a total of eight episodes. Set in the year 1899, it follows a group of European migrants traveling from London on a steamship to start new lives in New York City. Now, just days after its premiere, the series has been accused of stealing the concept by an indie comic creator. Keep reading to find out more about the accusations!
Do Mary Cagnin’s Comics And 1899 Share Similarities?
Creator Mary Cagnin has accused the 1899 creators of stealing the concept from her 2016 comic titled Black Silence. As per CBR.com, the creator highlighted multiple similarities between the comic and the show via a lengthy Twitter thread.
This includes the use of a black pyramid structure, ethereal voices, a mystery-driven plot including codes, and other specific details related to the characters’ arcs and their eventual death. The Twitter thread also showcases several side-by-side comparisons of stills from the 1899 series and panels from Black Silence. As of now, Netflix is yet to publicly address these claims.
Mary Cagnin Urged People To Read Black Silence
The creator also mentioned that she had presented the comic at the Gothenburg Book Fair in 2017 and distributed it to various publishers. She urged people to read her comics and take a look at the similarities with the 1899 series. Her comic book is now available in English as well.
ESTOU EM CHOQUE.
O dia que descobri que a série 1899 é simplesmente IDÊNTICO ao meu quadrinho Black Silence, publicado em 2016.
Segue o fio. pic.twitter.com/1deBicrBeQ
— Just Mary (@marycagnin) November 20, 2022
She wrote, “It’s all there: The Black Pyramid. The deaths inside the ship. The multinational crew. The apparently strange and unexplained things. The symbols in the eyes and when they appear. Codes written. The voices calling to them. Subtle plot details, such as the characters’ personal dramas, including their mysterious deaths.”
Mary also said how she is heartbroken and cried a lot after seeing her work plagiarized without being credited for the same.
Netflix’s Warrior Nun Inspired By Ben Dunn’s Comics
However, this isn’t the only comic book-related story involving Netflix. There have been several other claims, most of which are decidedly positive. As per reports, Warrior Nun made headlines after its second season made it to Netflix’s top three most-watched series globally. Despite having zero promotional budget, the show became very popular among Netflix subscribers. Moreover, the show’s creator, Simon Barry even credited fans for the success confirming that it is an adaptation of Ben Dunn’s Warrior Nun Areala comics.
He tweeted, “Warrior Nun has been the #3 global show on Netflix with $0 spent on promotion. (Hopefully, those savings are factored into the renewal decision). It’s because of YOU that we are trending and I am truly grateful.”
Have you watched Netflix’s 1899 yet? What do you think of Mary Cagnin’s plagiarism claim? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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