Picks of the Week

The picks of the week from around the web.

  • Danish TV2: Interview with Gregorius Nekschot (above). Check out this interview of February 28th with the cartoonist recently targeted by the Dutch police. It’s in Danish and Dutch, with subtitles, but no English, unfortunately. Still, worth a view.
  • Information. For our Danish readers, here’s a good a primer on David B. and the upcoming Komiks.dk festival, that also happens to mention a book yours truly was involved in writing… ahem.
  • Hype: Blodets Konkubine & Sekvens

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    As mentioned before, this weekend sees the International Comics Festival in Copenhagen, Komiks.dk, going down. And of course there are auxillary events. On Saturday, the release party for Palle Schmidt’s new crime comic Blodets Konkubine and the opening of the exhibition Sekvens, which shows original works by the cartoonists mentioned on the flyer above, will be taking place at Galopperiet, Christiania. Also, remember the Simon Bukhave opening tomorrow.

    See you there?

    Hype: 676 part II


    Aben Malers nye kollektion af minitegneserier – de såkaldte 676’ere – er landet, og de er fyldt med overskud og virtuositet! For kun 35 kr. kan enten Mårdøn Smets Lazarus, Signe Parkins Bordskik, Peter Adolphsen/Zven Balslevs Duerne flyver højt over byen, Christopher Zielers Pigen og Katten samt Johan F. Krarups Pibemanden blive din. De er så rigeligt fundet til prisen og hermed endorsed som et af metabunkerens Komiks.dk-HOT PICKSâ„¢.

    Mere info her.

    Cartoon Bombing

    Following the arrest of Dutch cartoonist Gregorius Nekschot last week, it has become publicised that the Dutch Secret Service apparently has a division dedicated to checking all cartoons being published in the country for potentially offensive content. Whatever you may think of Nekschot’s racist junk, that should be cause for concern. And indeed, Dutch cartoonist Peter Nieuwendijk, founder and present Secretary General of the Federation of Cartoonists Organizations (FECO) is organising a campaign, supported by the Dutch Cartoons Association, the Dutch Foundation Pers and Prent (Press & Print), and Cartoonists Rights Network International, to inundate — “bomb” — the Dutch Ministry of Justice in cartoons. More information on how to participate here.

    Hype: Simon Bukhave

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    This Friday will see the opening of Boy Wonder Simon Bukhave’s first solo exhibition. If you’re in Copenhagen (perhaps attending the Grand comics festival, Komiks.dk), go check it out. Simon has produced a couple of new, gorgeous drawings (see above) : and everything is for sale! Go, watch! Go buy! (In fact, just send him some goddamn money!)

    More info here.

    And for your convenience, here’s Simon’s site – and here’s studio Over Floden’s site.

    Tegneseriemarkedet: Enter Cobolt!

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    Forleden blev sløret løftet for det nye forlag, der fremover skal varetage forlaget Carlsens tegneserietitler – som følge af den lange, indviklede og noget uforståelige juridiske proces, der fulgte i kølvandet på Egmonts opkøb af Bonniers forlagsdivision. Groft forenklet brød EUs konkurrencemyndigheder sig ikke om den nye mastodont, og betingede en godkendelse af overtagelsen med et krav om frasalg af Carlsens tegneserielinje. Efter flere måneder er der nu kommet klarhed over situationen: Carlsens tegneserietitler (minus manga og Valhalla) bliver videreført i et nyt dansk og uafhængigt forlag med navnet Cobolt. Forlagets ejer, manden med pengene, er Kurt Dahlgaard, og forlagschefen bliver Carsten Søndergaard. Metabunkeren har interviewet sidstnævnte, og her følger hvad Søndergaard havde på hjerte:

    Kan du fortælle lidt om Forlaget Cobolts udgivelsesprofil – vil forlaget “nøjes” med at vedligeholde alle de gamle Carlsen-titler, eller kan man forvente en mere offensiv stil?

    Cobolt har ikke tænkt sig blot at hvile på laurbærrene. Tegneseriemarkedets interessante udvikling de se seneste år vil naturligt komme til at præge Cobolts program fremover, både hvad angår titler, genrer, udgivelsesformater og salgskanaler. Endnu er det dog for tidligt at løfte sløret for meget konkrete planer for nye udgivelser. I første omgang vil der blive skruet op for de mange udgivelser, hvor produktionen har ligget underdrejet, mens forhandlingerne om overdragelsen fra Bonnier til Cobolt har stået på.

    Sidney Pollack RIP

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    One of Hollywood’s elder statesmen, the director, actor and producer Sidney Pollack has died. He was one of Tinseltown’s consummate craftsmen, never flashy but always solid — a comfortable presence in American mainstream cinema that, much like his contemporary Sidney Lumet, never lost sight of quality and subtle auteurial voice. From the caustically satirical They Shoot Horses Don’t They? (1969) to the pitch-perfect Three Days for Condor (1975) and Tootsie (1982) — each of the latter a sort of quality blueprint for their genres, of political thriller and romantic comedy respectively — his best films are unassuming, intelligent and gripping pieces of classic Hollywood cinema.

    Camu Tao RIP

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    Columbus, Ohio-based MC Tero Smith, alias Camu Tao, has passed away after a three-year battle with lung cancer, reports his long-time collaborator El-P of Definitive Jux Records. In his press release, he writes:

    “To those who knew Tero, he was an almost uncategorizable force of nature. Wild, hilarious, proud, loving, tough, outspoken, spontaneous and brilliant. He wore his heart on his sleeve and he dripped creativity, leaving inspiration and awe in the hearts and minds of anyone who was fortunate enough to see him work. “

    Bringing It All Back Home

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    Public Enemy brought it all back home Friday night. Performing, for the first time ever, their classic album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988) in its entirety, they returned to a defining moment in modern music history and consolidated their status as perhaps the greatest hip hop group ever. Though not held at the Hammersmith Apollo, where they performed on the Def Jam Tour in 1987 — the show that was subsequently immortalised in live segments on the album — but rather at a sold out Brixton Academy across town, it was still one hell of a homecoming.