OCX Impressions

Just a quick note, here from Oslo, where OCX is going swimmingly. Centered around Oslo’s comics library, in the middle of the hip cafe & kebab quarter Grünerløkka, it’s a chill little festival with a number of interesting guests, mostly Norwegian – Jason, Lars Fiske & Steffen Kverneland probably being the most interesting, though a good cross section of Norwegian cartooning is certainly present.

Also, the Swiss artists Kati Rickenbach and Andres Gefe are here, representing what is probably the premier European comics anthology, the long running-still going strong Strapazin. Just attended their panel, which provided a good look at their very different work – Rickenbach does energetic and loose, autobiographical slice-of-life cartooning, while Gefe works in a more illustrative style with his most recent book, Der Gesang der Generale (written by Boucquet) being done in gorgeous computer colored monotype. Good stuff, and definitely worth checking out.

Tonight’s the big party with several cartoonist’s bands lighting it up. Should be fun. But first, I gotta do my panel…

More later.

Onwards, to OCX07

ocx_logo.gifAll right, I’m headed out to Oslo in the morning. I’ll be attending the inaugural edition of Oslo Comics Expo, which looks like it’s going to be fun. I’ll be on the panel ‘Tegneserieakademiet,’ on our common understanding and contextualization of comics, on Saturday afternoon. Don’t know whether I’ll be able to update the blog, but will try — I have a billion things crawling in the pipeline, itching to get on. So, in any case, enuff to do next week.

But now, Oslo.
 
 
 
 
 

Re: Dansk fankultur

lucha.jpgOven på mit seneste indlæg om dansk fankultur, har det rumsteret lidt ovre i kaffeklubben. Jeg har nogle korte kommentarer:

1. Selvom diskussionen derovre har involveret folk, der er professionelle serietegnere, gør det dem ikke mindre fan-agtige når de diskuterer tegneseriedefinitioner, eller så meget andet. Hvilket er fint nok; det var ikke det min kritik gik på. Hvilket fører mig til:

2. Jeg har intet imod definitionslegen, men synes bare den skråsikre indstilling til/afvisning af tegneserieforskning som enten ikke-eksisterende, inkompetent eller ren og skær løgn og latin var et eklatant eksempel på fanrefleks og generel uvidenhed om hvad der foregår udenfor det snævert definerede tegneseriemikrokosmos visse fans bevæger sig i. Det fortjente skarp påtale.

Hvad er en tegneserie? (betaversion)

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Det følgende er ikke en formfuldendt artikel, men en let redigeret tekst hentet ud af en debat i Rackhams nu lukkede forum fra december 2002. Den omhandler det kronisk genkommende og ganske umulige problem at definere hvad en tegneserie er. Der tages forbehold for uklarhed, uvished og umulighed… og groteske mængder tankestreger.

Re: Spiders

phidippus_mystaceus_t.jpgAhem, I was a little fast in my last post about the local Spider-Man 3 poster and didn’t think to actually doublecheck whether any spiders are capable of leaping great distances. Immediately caught in the act of being generally sloppy, I received this email from fellow Danish comics, and Spider-Man enthusiast, Thomas Stærmose:

“There are actually over 5,000 species in the largest family of spiders, jumping spiders, that are capable of… well, take a guess.

How Hard Can It Be?

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So, those ignoble ClearChannel billboards at the bus stops all around town here are now advertising Spider-Man 3. The conceit is that blue/red Spider-Man mirrors black Spider-Man in the glass facade of a Manhattan high rise, and vice-versa. Yes, it’s clever, I know. And well enough put together I guess, but what exactly is supporting our guy as he hangs there in midair, taking a gander? His webline’s nowhere near taut, so it can’t be that… has he suddenly acquired the disproportionate weight of a spider and blown in on the wind?*

Dansk fankultur, eller ‘Hurra for uvidenheden!’

dunce.jpgJeg har ikke til hensigt at blande mig i diskussionen om DRs helt igennem defekte tegneseriekonkurrence, og er selv pænt ligeglad med hvad der er en tegneserie og hvad der ikke er – det lader til DR har fundet de vindere de vil have og fred med det.

Nej, det jeg blot ville notere mig er de forstokkede fordomme og den galopperende uvidenhed en håndfuld af mine fellows-in-fandom lægger for dagen ovre i kaffeklubben. Hermed et helt igennem karakteristisk citat, anonymiseret fordi jeg er så flink:

“…vi vil i dette forum sandsynligvis ikke ha’ større vanskeligheder ved at match [sic] forskningsfeltets akkumulerede ekspertice [sic], hvis bare en håndfuld af os deltager og er nogen lunde [sic] fri for tømmermænd.”

Enter: Cav Bøgelund

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So, some of you will probably have noticed that a new head has entered the Bunker, dropping us at a very special Copenhagen crossing, and for the non-Danes out there I want to take the opportunity to present him. Cav is one of the new voices in Danish comics and animation; after several years in the underground – with the story Necropolis, written by Simon Petersen being the crowning achievement – he debuted last year with Blodbryllup, an adaptaton of García Lorca’s Bodas de sangre, and was also featured in our anthology BLÆK last year, done in collaboration with Henrik Rehr, and he has recently submitted his final project at animation line at the Copenhagen Film School. Check out more of his work at his (other) blog, as well as on the site dedicated to one of the films he directed last year, Lucky Strike.

A great talent poised to take it to the next level. Watch him!

Also, check out Rackham‘s reviews of Necropolis and Blodbryllup. Image from Blodbryllup.