Points of debate

Today, a group of comics industry luminaries got together on panel at Angoulême’s comics centre, CNBDI, to discuss Thierry Groensteen’s new book, La Bande dessinée – Un Objet culturel non-identifié which I reviewed here yesterday. Groensteen himself was there, of course, and was joined by L’Association co-founder Jean-Christophe Menu (who just published the final, massive…

Borified Burns

Just attended the on-stage interview with Charles Burns, conducted by two nincompoops. Why is it that, when French interviewers talk to American cartoonists, they always – always – have to spend precious time talking about superheroes, even when it’s completely irrelevant to the artist’s work? And why is it that they always – always –…

Angoulême: danskerne!

Masser af danskere i Angoulême i år! Metabaronen og yours truly kom væltende med selveste hr. Fahrenheit, Paw Mathiasen, hr. Aben Maler, Steffen Maarup og Ã…rets Unge, Simon Bukhave. Ankommet til byen blev delegationen modtaget med åbne arme af den danske eksiltegner, Terkel Risbjerg, som havde anvendt sit omfattende franske netværk til at sørge for…

Enter: Trondheim

So, we’re at the press centre which is the mirror-lined, gilded stucco-banquet hall of the Town Hall, and Lewis Trondheim just dropped by with a camera crew, talking nonsense and doing a little dance for us. No shit. We exchanged a few words – he in Finnish, me in Chinese. Nice chap. More later. Photo:…

A Salutation to Ganesha

Here we are. About to embark upon a new project. From what little knowledge we have of Hindu tradition, we understand that it is always prudent to bring along elephants. To salute God in the aspect of good fortune, intellect and wisdom – Ganesha. Since what we hope to achieve with the Metabunker is a…