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.

Back in this Green and Pleasant Land

madrid_6.jpgAfter a rather washed-out trip to Spain, where Emma got her bag stolen to boot (ahem, we’re trying not to think too much about that now), we’re back in sunny England! Somehow, it seems to me that there’s something wrong with that picture. But there it is.

Anyway, it was a great trip, all things considered, and the impressions amassed will be percolating and appearing in this space over the next few days or so. In the meantime, here’s some graff and street art from around Madrid.

The Rain in Spain

Sorry about the string of no updates lately. We’re in Madrid where it’s raining cats and dogs. Doesn’t matter too much though – the city’s always great, and at this time we’re treated to a big Tintoretto show at the Prado – the first retrospective since 1937. It’s unfortunately slightly underwhelming, especially since in the adjoining galleries, you can check out the cream of Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velazquez and Goya, while all Tintoretto’s best work is stuck to walls and alters in Venice. He is never uinteresting though, and it’s great to be given this kind of walk-through of his career in the wonderful central gallery of the Prado (more detailed review to follow).

Also, at the Thyssen there’s an astonishing portrait shows that starts out with a trio of masterpieces – selfportraits by Gauguin, van Gogh and Munch – and just doesn’t let up – wonderful work by almost all of the 20th Century’s greatest painters.

Other than that, the tapas are nice as always, and today we’re headed to the Escorial. Pictures and more to follow upon return – the machine we’re using here is only intermittently available and also an antique.