Hergé 100 III

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Continuing our celebration of Hergé’s centenary, today’s drawing is by Johan Krarup, one of the premier representatives of the new Danish underground. Read his weekly strip “Mixed Double” here, His publishing outfit Son of A Horse can be found here, and he sometimes writes a column about alternative comics here. Johan is also a philosophy graduate and blogs about it here.

Also, check out the artwork in the previous instalments, by Mårdøn Smet and Miwer. And be sure to check our freewheeling discussion of Hergé’s work here.

Danish Bookbinders’ Awards to be handed out today

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Today, the Association of Danish Bookbinders will be presenting their selection of 2006 books at the Museum of Arts and Crafts (Kunstindustrimuseet) in Copenhagen. As mentioned earlier, Rackham’s big anthology of Danish comics and cartoon art BLÆK is part of the it. I won’t be there, but I think both T. Thorhauge (co-editor and contributor) and Frederik Storm (designer) will. Show up, take a look at the books and drink some wine, if you have time!

Re: Rall under observation

Just to follow up on my recent post on cartoonist Ted Rall, along with a plethora of other “activists”, including a number of hip hop MCs being put under surveillance by the NYPD in the months leading up to the 2003 Republican National Convention in New York, I wanted to link to this instalment of Rall’s syndicated column about the issue. He is convinced that he is under FBI observation and that his phone is being tapped.

Did Hergé die of AIDS?

Strange news at this time of celebration: Philippe Goddin, the editor of the massive ouevre catalogue of Hergé’s that is being published these years and author of an upcoming biography, has just stated in an interview that he is convinced that Hergé died not of leukemia as has hitherto been the belief, but of AIDS. He would have been infected through one of the weekly blood transfusions he was taking for a rare hereditary disease he was suffering from (at the time, transfusions were carried out without checking for HIV infection). “He started being plagued by influenzas, pneumonia and repeated bronchitis, none of which seemed related to the disease he had been suffering from for years,” says Goddin.

Happy Centenary, Hergé!

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Today it is the centenary of Georges Remi, better known as Hergé, the creator of Tintin!

To celebrate here at the Bunker, where we love his work, we have asked a number of Danish cartoonists to contribute drawings commemorating the anniversary. First up is Mårdøn Smet, the virtuoso veteran of Danish comics. Read more about him here, check out this small archive of his old work, and be aware that BLÆK contains some of his very best comics work (in pantomime, so there’s no language barrier!). Also, be sure to check our freewheeling discussion of Hergé’s work here.

Tintin/Appreciation-Conversation

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To mark the centenary of Georges Remi, alias Hergé, and to celebrate his life’s work, T. Thorhauge and I decided to represent one of the many spirited conversations we’ve had about it over the years in writing. The following is our informal back-and-forth appreciation of some of our favourite comics. I asked Thomas the opening question in an email, and away we went!