Warning: The following article contains spoilers for 1899
Series Netflix 1899 hit the streamer hard, topping the most-watched series on the platform over the past week in over 57 countries. With the main international cast, 1899 tells the story of a group of European migrants who travel from London by steamboat, hoping to make a fresh start in New York after fleeing their declining home countries and settling in developing and growing lands in the United States.
This creepy horror series takes place on a steamboat in the Atlantic. But despite its unique premise, promising storyline, and international cast, the series doesn’t seem to be as groundbreaking as it might at first appear. Shortly after its release, Brazilian comic book artist Mariana “Mary” Kanyen accused Netflix of allegedly plagiarizing her work. black silence.
Her initial shock at the alleged plagiarism was conveyed via her Twitter account, where she commented on her disbelief when she noticed the similarities between the Netflix horror series and its dystopian sci-fi comics. “I’m shocked. The day I found out that 1899 the series is exactly the same as mine black silence comic book published in 2016,” she said, posting a thread about the similarities between the shows.
In a long thread, an independent Brazilian artist shared some of the more obvious similarities between 1899 as well as black silence, including a dark pyramid and death on a steamer, a multinational crew, symbols in the eyes, and even encryption. She also found several very similar characters, including very obvious personality traits and mysterious deaths.
The same topic also touches on how Netflix could get their hands on this unique story. Kanyen admits that the Brazilian Embassy invited her to take part in the Gothenburg book fair in Sweden, and during this huge fair, the artist and YouTuber discussed and handed out copies black silence numerous people to share their work with both publishers and readers — including an English version for non-Portuguese speakers.
Kanyen also shared that she did several panels about her story and plot, and while it’s more of a short story, “the gist” black silence allegedly manifested in 1899. In the thread, the São Paulo-based artist also said that no Brazilian should have to endure contempt and indifference because of their location. As proof Kanyen gave an example Life of Pia 2012 drama that was “inspired” by a much older book by the late Brazilian author Moacir Chliar, Max and cats — although credit for the same came long after the release of the book and film.
Several fans of the artist and comic book writer have expressed their opinion, sharing all the similarities they have found between black silence as well as 1899. As with any plagiarism accusation, there are still many people who consider this a coincidence, finding some similarities between Kanin’s work and many other science fiction stories, thereby emphasizing that it could be nothing more than a mere coincidence.
If you want to see the possible similarities for yourself, 1899 can be found and streamed on Netflix while Cagnin’s black silence is on its website, and the English version is available for free.