… Og det er lige her, denne gang med Tegneserierådsislæt, idet rådsmedlem og redaktør af Tegneseriesiden.dk, Ulf Reese Næsborg er ugens gæst. “Ondskabens flydende vatikan” er navnet, og føj hellere til foretrukne: har du en sød tand for munterjovial, velfunderet og velgørende respektløshed, så er det her det sker. Udsendelsens bedste replik faldt da en af kardinalerne udbrød noget i retning af: “Dansk Tegneserieråd er den direkte konsekvens af den katastrofale udgivelse Nørrebronx!”…
Just read Neil Gaiman’s Coraline (2002), which I often hear hailed as his best novel. I don’t know — I think the premise is good, while the execution leaves something to be desired. This is especially apparent when compared with Henry Selick’s excellent film version from earlier this year, which improves quite considerably upon the story.
In the novel, the threat from behind the secret door in the house is almost immediately made apparent, while the film allows itself more time to portray Coraline’s attraction to the alternate life offered her on the other side. Gaiman hardly seems to have time in his plot for suggesting the dangerous allure of wish-fulfillment that drives it. The film, on the other hand provides this wondrous sensory experience to go with the narrative of the protagonist’s emotional maturation.
Sidste streg er, som nok bekendt, nu — efter 30 — år slået i Peter Madsens, Henning Kures, Per Vadmands og Hans Rancke Madsens storstilede genfortælling af de nordiske gudemyter, Valhalla, og det seneste udkomne album, nr. 15, omhandler naturligt nok gudernes endeligt, eller Ragnarok. Læs serien og mød op i Faraos Cigarer i morgen fra kl. 14.00-15.00, hvor du kan møde tegneren og den første times tid få en signatur. Fra kl. 16.00-18.00 holdes der reception, og mon ikke nogle af de andre ophavsmænd også vil være til stede?
Metabaronen kan ikke selv være der, men sender hermed Bunkerens varmeste lykønskninger til Valhalla-holdet!
Hvis du kan udholde dårlig opløsning, kan du evt. læse albummet her, og du kan under alle omstændigheder se mere om det her. Peter præsenterer også sin nye børnebogsserie Troldeliv, skabt i samarbejde med hustruen Sissel Bøe.
“the economics profession went astray because economists, as a group, mistook beauty, clad in impressive-looking mathematics, for truth”
— Paul Krugman
The picks of the week from around the web.
Busy times, but this week I’ve had a little time to poke around the web. Here’s what rose to the top.
I should have noted this before, but at the moment a small painting by Titian, The Triumph of Love, showing Cupid surfing the back of a lion, is on view at the National Gallery in London. Although the painting has been known for a long time, it has only recently emerged from the private collection in which it was held and acquired by the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Restored at the National Gallery by Jill Dunkerton, it will remain on view there until 20 September when it will go back to Oxford.
It is an allegory of love conquering all–Amor Vincit Omnia–and was originally painted as a timpanum, a cover for another painting. It is traceable all the way back to its original owner, the Venetian patrician and collector Gabriele Vendramin, who was a friend of Titian’s and was painted along with his sons by the master in the great canvas in the National Gallery. It was originally of square format and covered a portrait of a lady, probably a generic beauty rather than an actual person, for which it provided an edifying overture.
Yesterday saw the publication of the first four volume of a lavish, projected five-volume monographic work on the great Danish Renaissance printmaker and draughtsman Melchior Lorck (c. 1526/27-after 1583), published by the Royal Library and high end publisher Vandkunsten.
Not only was Lorck a highly accomplished printmaker, he was also a wandering spirit and, crucially, spent four years at the court of Sultan Suleiman the Magnficent in Constantinople in 1555-1559. He spent these years recording the people and the topography of this metropolis with a both acutely observational and original eye, producing not only iconic images such as the searing portrait of Suleiman, above, but a large number of, for the time, astonishingly realistic views of the city and its people–including a huge 12-meter panorama, which is reproduced 1:1 in the fourth volume.
One of the Bunker’s favorite young(ish) cartoonists, Anders Nilsen, has started an art auction to support the current efforts by the US Government to reform the country’s health care system in favor of the universal scheme the country should have had a long time ago. The prospect of these vitally important measures crashing a burning due to shortsighted partisanship and special interests is simply too depressing to contemplate. Nilsen evidently shares this view and has asked a number of his peers to contribute art to the cause.
In his own words:
Jack Kirby would have been 92 today. Our Danish readers are encouraged to seek out the upcoming issue of comics magazine STRIP! (hitting the stands in a month or so) for a career-spanning, long overdue celebration of The King of Comics penned by yours truly.
Ã…rhus festuge startede i dag og fortsætter næste uge. Denne gang er der tegneserier på programmet v. Bunkerens egen Thomas Thorhauge, der på tirsdag kl. 16.00 taler om tegneserien lige nu, og i fremtiden. Mød op, tryk tølperen i hånden og åbn øresneglen.
Det foregår som alle festivalens andre litteratur-arrangementer i Rådhusparken. Mere info, inkl. litteraturprogrammet kan checkes gennem Thomas’ hjemmeside, mens hele festugen naturligvis dækkes på egen side.
This Friday, the 28th, one of Copenhagen’s finest small book/art stores CMYKkld hosts a reception for the release of the artist’s anthology Short Stories from Hurricane Publishing, one of Copenhagen’s finest small art publishers. Also, the store has now expanded its selection of original artist’s prints to include poster-sized formats. There’ll be live music and reading. You gotta go.
It goes down between 5-9 PM at CMYKkld, the basement of Jægersborggade 51 in Nørrebro. Full invite here, Facebook invite here. Unrelated image by Hurricane publisher Vibe Bredahl who is one of Denmark’s younger artists to watch.