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Malou Aamund
Ifølge Nyhedsavisen sang Dansk Folkepartis ledelse i eftermiddags højt af glæde over nyheden om Malou Aamunds skift fra Ny Alliance til Venstre. Dansk Folkeparti er naturligvis dagens vinderparti, nu er VKO-flertallet genoprettet, og (resterne af) Ny Alliance sat helt uden for indflydelse. Metabunkeren tager et kig på nogle af taberne i det ubønhørlige brutale game, der hedder dansk politik – og lad os starte med den lette ende:

Mikael Bertelsen
Ja, Mikael Bertelsen, den charmerende ankermand i DR2s fremragende kulturtalkshow Den 11. time. Hvad i alverden har han med den politiske situation i Danmark at gøre? Not much, men han er tilfældigvis gift med dagens hovedperson, Malou Aamund : der blev valgt ind i Folketinget på paroler a la “Tanken om at sidde fire år til med en VKO-regering, der på så mange områder er ude af trit med, hvad befolkningen gerne vil, og hvad samfundet har brug for, er ikke til at holde ud“. Selvsamme kvinde, der nu har foræret nøglen til den parlamentariske magt i Danmark til Pia Kjærsgaard. Jo, men det er da vel ikke Bertelsens ansvar? Muligvis ikke, men det bliver svært at se Bertelsens rare ansigt i tv fremover uden at tænke: “Okay, det er ham, der sad med hænderne i skødet, da hans kone sørgede for at Danmark atter blev et blokpolitisk land“. Strengt? Jamen, sådan er det.

Picks of the Week

The picks of the week from around the web.

  • Frank Rich: “The Billary Road to Republican Victory”. The New York Times‘ great op-ed columnist looks ahead at what a Hillary Clinton ticket for the presidency might mean for the presidential elections. An interesting corrective to the otherwise commonplace view that Hillary is the stronger candidate for the Democratic party.
  • Rolling Stone: “The Death of High Fidelity”. Great article about the challenges posed to high-fidelity sound recording by the new digital formats.
  • That insane Tom Cruise indoctrination video. If you haven’t yet seen this thing, hop to it! Tom Cruise in all his glory. A great character study.
  • A Healthy Serving of Comics History

    eccoci.jpgComics writer and historian Alfredo Castelli has a late Christmas present for us all — the entirety (704 pages!) of his annotated bibliography on the early American newspaper strip, Eccoci ancora qui (“Here We Are Again”) is now available online in PDF format! Meticulously researched and chock-full of rarely-seen images, this is a must for everyone interested in the period, even if you don’t read Italian.
     
     
     

    Manga på Louisiana til efteråret

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    Fra Louisiana’s hjemmeside:

    Manga
    8. oktober 2008 – 8. februar 2009

    Det var den berømte japanske maler Hokusai, der kaldte sine tegnede portrætskitser for manga, som bragte navnet til Vesten. Manga er et særlig japansk tegneserie-fænomen, der historisk rækker 200 år tilbage, og som i dag har international kultstatus med millioner af hæfter solgt hver måned, talløse filmatiseringer og som over de sidste 25 år har sat sig dybe spor i den japanske samtidskunst.

    Dupuy & Berberian — Grand Prix d’Angoulême

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    Hardly surprising, here it is: Philippe Dupuy and Charles Berberian are the winners of the 2008 Grand Prix at Angoulême. An understandable, if somewhat dull choice, Dupuy and Berberian have played central role in the development of the French album-format comic for adults in the 1990s, first and foremost with their Monsieur Jean series (1991-2005), about a thirtysomething, single Parisian’s romantic travails and coming to terms with aging. Notable in their oeuvre is also their autobiographical work, particularly Journal d’un album (1994).

    Their artwork is elegant, airy and clear, a combination of the Belgian ligne claire, Parisian school illustration of the 30s in the tradition of Bofa, Laborde and Savignac, as well as New Yorker-style cartooning in the tradition of Addams and Arno. They are consummate storytellers and craftsmen, creating pretty, entertaining comics that do not rock the boat excessively. Good, but somewhat petit.

    Shaun Tan Wins Book of the Year at Angoulême

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    This just in: Australian Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, published last year in several languages, amongst them in French as Là où vont nos pères, was awarded the Book of the Year award at Angoulême. Here’s the full list of the Essential Selection, along with other selected awards:

    Essentials
    Rutu Modan — Exit wounds
    Pascal Rabaté & David Prudhomme — Marie en plastique
    Cyril Pedrosa — Trois ombres
    Jean Regnaud & Emile Bravo — Ma Maman est en Amerique, elle a rencontre Buffalo Bill
    Pierre Dragon & Frederik Peeters — RG

    Discovery of the Year
    Isabelle Pralong — L’Elephant

    Fanzine Prize
    Turkey #16

    Heritage Prize
    Tove Jansson: Moomin

    Youth Prize
    Philippe Buchet & Jean-David Morvan — Sillage vol. 10: Retour de flammes

    Prize of the Public
    Catel & José-Louis Bocquet — Kiki de montparnasse

    Well, that’s that. Seems like a strong enough selection, even if it is definitely a less interesting list than last year’s, but that was also exceptional.

    The French “Comics Mafia” and other Follies

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    As always when Angoulême rolls around, discontents in the French comics community rise to the surface. A perennial issue is the relationship between artists and critics. In an ill-informed and ill-advised article in this week’s issue of French weekly Le Point, the journalist Romain Brethes sets up Joann Sfar, Marjane Satrapi and the other usual suspects of comics success as a kind of ‘comics mafia’ — an inner circle of “Godfathers of the Ninth Art”, that exchange favours by appearing in each other’s comics and on each other’s labels, just like American rappers do. I guess it was only a question of time before France got its own “King Maus,” its own comics camarilla.