Picks of the Week

The picks of the week from around the web.

  • Introduction to Shigeru Mizuki. Matthew Penney has written a primer on the great Japanese mangaka, accompanied by a short and didactic, but touching comic on Japan’s wars in Southeast Asia (I think I got this from Dirk). Also, read the Bunker review of his great Nonnonba.
  • Isbjerg remixes hip hop classics. Retired Danish MC Isbjerg has taken to homegrown remixing, and his work is pretty fun. Check out his hypothetical 1988 version of El-P’s masterful I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, for example.
  • Information: “Lad idioterne nakke hinanden” (for our Danish readers). This is a bit old, but is well-written and delightfully sarcastic commentary on the current wild west gang war tendencies in Copenhagen by author Morten Vammen.
  • Hype: New Blogs!

    Disorder and its Opposite, a recent addition to the comics blogosphere helmed by Ed Howard, starts out strong discussing the canon of American comic strips. Howard is both insightful and prolific as his other blog, Only the Cinema, shows. Lots of interesting writing on many a good film here. Recommended.

    Töpfferiana is a new blog on the comics of early modernity, reproducing interesting work from great cartoonists deserving of more attention. So far, proprietor Antoine Sausverd has posted work from Töpffer (obviously), Wilhelm Busch, Caran d’Ache, Alain Saint-Ogan and J. Blass. here’s hoping for much more in the future!

    Image from Howard Hawks’ Scarface (1932), discussed by Howard on his blog.

    Raymond Macherot RIP

    I meant to write some words on the passing of the great Belgian cartoonist last week earlier, but then figured that since I was going to Paris over the weekend, I’d pick up a couple of his classic comics to reacquaint myself with some of those stories that meant so much to me as a kid and which I’ve only ever read in Danish translation. To my not inconsiderable indignation I discovered, however, that the French-language market, despite overflowing with product these years, apparently still can’t support extensive reeditions of its classics. It appears that only very little of Macherot’s work is in print, and none of it was available at the otherwise reliable stores I frequent in the City of Lights.

    On the other hand such utter mediocrities as Jean Graton’s Michel Vaillant, Tibet’s Ric Hochet and Eddy Paape’s Luc Orient are available in archival editions. It’s depressing. Macherot is a
    a master on the level of his distinguished colleagues Peyo, creator of Johan et Pirlouit and the Smurfs, and Morris, the co-creator and artist of Lucky Luke. His best work is not only immaculately crafted, but intelligent, personal, fun and not a little unsettling.

    Paul Newman RIP

    Goodbye to a class act.

    Here’s the climactic scene from The Hustler (1961) in which Newman had his first great role. A fine mix of self-confidence and vulnerability. And then there’s the slightly surreal egg-eating scene from Cool Hand Luke (1967), in which he interestingly, and quite hilariously, subverts his own macho image.

    Rejsen til Saturn: The Movie

    … er som ventet ikke særlig god; her en lynhurtig spontananmeldelse i kølvandet på gallapremieren, som min søster havde været så elskværdig at invitere mig med til:

    Men lidt sjov er der dog: inkluderingen af en astronaut med indvandrerbaggrund åbner for en del relativt morsomme indslag om integration, Muhammed-krise og den slags, og enkelte gagscener er ret sjove, men på et komplet konventionelt plan. Den generelt respektløse og platte humor forekommer måske umiddelbart som en fin versionering af Deleurans stil, men hurtigt opdager man at fyndigheden, underfundigheden og det lune, øh, glimt i øjet ganske mangler.

    Hype: I Love Graffiti

    My man Lars has started an English version of the sterling German graffiti blog, I Love Graffiti. And he has hit the ground running, blogging several posts a day and neatly providing both writers and enthusiasts with a one-stop entry point to the world of graffiti and related arts. He is amongst the foremost authorities on the field, so go bookmark.

    Top, archive image from legendary Copenhagen writer SEK; below it, illegal burner by Brazilian master Os Gemeos.

    Ilden i Stengade

    Det virker som var det i en anden tidsalder, men første gang jeg var på Rubadub var der 20 mennesker, maximum. De var spredt rundt i lokalet; nogle hang i baren, andre stenede i de midt på dansegulvet anbragte sofaer og en ensom Hydepark stod oppe på scenen og spillede reggae, som så mange gange før. Det var første sommer, i 2002, og forholdene skulle snart ændre sig.