Contemporary Comics in Copenhagen – Call for Papers

The Danish Comics Council is organising an international symposium on comics to be held at the University of Copenhagen on Friday 21 May to coincide with the comics festival Komiks.dk, which will take place that weekend, 22-23 May. The keynote address will be given by Jacques Samson, author with Benoît Peeters of the recent Chris Ware — La bande dessinée réinventé. Ware, not coincidentally, will be amongst the guests of the festival, along with Dan Clowes, Charles Burns, Dave Gibbons, Kevin O’Neill, Frank Quitely and others.

Here is our call for papers — please spread the word, and please send us an abstract should you wish to contribute a paper at the symposium! More information can be found at the symposium’s official website.

Art by Cav Bøgelund.

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Kunstrådets uddelinger til tegneserier 2009

kunstraadet.gifOvre på Dansk Tegneserieråds hjemmeside, kan man nu læse en opgørelse over Kunstrådets uddeling af støtte til tegneserier og tegneserieskabere i 2009.

Uden at medregne de seks 100.000-kroners legater, der er blevet uddelt til tegneserietegnere til støtte for illustrationsprojekter, der sandsynligvis ikke er tegneserier, er det samlede beløb på 478.815, hvoraf 390.000 gik til tegneserieprojekter og 88.815 til rejselegater. Alt i alt et anseligt beløb i forhold til tidligere år og mere end de kr. 400.000, der var til rådighed for Litteraturrådets i 2003 afviklede Tegneseriepulje, og mere end de forgående år.

Alt i alt en positiv udvikling for tegneseriens tilstand i det kulturelle system, om end man stadig kan spørge sig selv om, hvad den røde tråd i uddelingerne er. Det er imidlertid svært at konkludere ret meget, når man ikke kender til de ansøgninger, der ikke opnåede støtte. Hvis jeg får tid, vil jeg grave lidt og muligvis skrive lidt mere senere.

Picks of the Week

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The picks of the week from around the web.

Comics time! This week I read a some good comics online. Apologies if you’ve already seen them posted elsewhere.

  • Yuichi Yokoyama: “Outdoor”. Great ecology-themed short piece from the master of kinetic comics.
  • John Porcellino: King Cat #63. The awesome group comics blog What Things Do now features an issue of King Cat, which is about as good as any recent work from one of the masters of contemporary comics.
  • USS Catastrophe: “Leon Beyond in the 66-Year Stink”. Zettwoch, Huizenga and May take their triviameister Leon Beyond on a tour of St. Louis’ polluted history, delirious factoid-style.
  • Ego comme X. The French publisher’s website has oodles of excellent comics from the world-class cartoonists it its stable available online. In addition to extracts from some great books, a number of short pieces appear in their entirety. I particularly recommend “Émile” by Fabrice Neaud, the short “Soeurs Zabîme” pieces by the late great Aristophane.
  • Kevin O’Neill til Komiks.dk

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    Så er endnu en international gæst til den kommende danske, internationale tegneseriefestival, Komiks.dk, blevet annonceret. Britiske Kevin O’Neill har en stolt fortid i seriemagasinet 2000AD, særligt med “Nemesis the Warlock”, forfattet af Pat Mills, og var i mange år bedst kendt for den veldrejede og morsomme, Judge-Dredd-på-Epo-tæsker-superhelte-serie Marshall Law, ligeledes med Mills bag skrivemaskinen.

    Hans claim to fame i dag er naturligvis The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, forfattet af Alan Moore, der har givet ham mulighed for at vise sit talents bredde hinsides satirisk ekspressionisme. Det er i stigende grad blevet klart hvorledes han arbejder i klar forlængelse ikke blot af af den britiske tradition for såvel væsset satire, men også dens Kitchen Sink-realisme, hvilket giver de groteske løjer en overraskende fintfølt menneskelig dimension. Det lader til at blive en fin festival i år!

    Læs pressemeddelelsen her.

    Angoulême 2010: Aftermath

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    Right. Sunday at the Angoulême festival is always a bit of a wash when one lives abroad and hasn’t booked another night in France, but now it’s Monday and here are some thoughts on the festival as a whole.

    The policy of announcing the festival awards and the Grand Prix winner on Sunday afternoon, instated last year, has removed a significant element of excitement from the festival — not only does it negate the popular rush to acquire the winning books from the publishers’ tents and make the awards ceremony an event an afterthought rather than a centerpiece, it removes from the awards an element of discourse and sense of import for the guests that might not compare with the Monday morning press, but surely still counts for something, seeing that it’s visited by some 200.000 people.

    Angoulême 2010: Saturday

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    Reporting live from the Angoulême festival: Saturday is here and its been a busy day. Crowded as usual, negotiating the often tight exhibition spaces and lecture theaters can be trying, but is certainly worth it. We started the day at the new comics center, which I must say is amazing. Under new directorship and with a spacious new scenically situated in a row of refurbished and expanded row of factory buildings across the river, this is a major upgrade that the long ailing institution sorely needed.

    The central space presents the history of Franco-Belgian and American comics in a set of serpentine display cases that mix original pages and publications as well as video and other material. Their collections are amazing, including originals from most of the major artists, from Saint Ogan to Caniff, from Franquin to Chris Ware. A just objection would be that the presentation ignores other parts of the world. There is a section with a short history on manga, but it is rather meager and includes no originals. Something to work on for the museum.

    Angoulême 2010: Friday

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    Reporting live from the Angoulême festival: The rain didn’t keep people away. Friday has been fairly busy, with the exhibition areas and tents filled as usual with a broad, heterogenous audience. I spent the day taking in various exhibitions and browsing the exhibitors’ tables in the alternative tent, ending my day of programming by attending the on-stage interview with comics autobiographer Fabrice Neaud.

    Neaud’s approach to autobiography is at once intensely personal and political, drawn realistically with a nigh-unflinching portrayal of his emotional life as well as his interaction with friends, strangers, lovers. Neaud candidly discussed his views on ‘right of the image’ and the notion that one has the prerogative to control representations of oneself, even if they’re based on public appearances. Neaud has suffered the consequences of representing people in this way both in lost friendships and physical hurt. A hurt that has forced him to reconsider his approach to his work, if not actually stopping him, and has made him want to leave his hometown from fear of reprisal, and it has embroiled him in a draining lawsuit.