Hype: Melchior Lorck

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.

Help Anders Nilsen Help the Americans Help Themselves!

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:

Hype: Thorhauge på Ã…rhus Festuge

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.

Hype: CMYKkld & Hurricane Short Stories

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.


Yale University Press’ decision to publish Jytte Klausen’s upcoming book on the Danish Cartoon Crisis, The Cartoons that Shook the World, without reproductions of the cartoons themselves is distressing news. In its press release, the Press expresses concern that including them would risk triggering new episodes of violence and they cite consultation with a number of experts to back up their decision.

Apparently, however, the opinion of these experts was not as unanimous as the press suggests and although such events as the 2008 bombing of the Danish embassy in Islamabad was carried out with reference to the cartoons, there has not been much reaction traceable to subsequent publications of the cartoons since the initial flareup. The Press’ decision appears first and foremost one of apprehension rather than the rational, responsible one they want to pass it along as. As the American Association of University Professors express it: “We do not negotiate with terrorists. We just accede to their anticipated demands.”

It’s a Great, Big, Wide World Out There, Gentlemen…

(OBS! Thorhauge her!) På websitet serieland.dk har Kristian Bang Larsen skrevet en kronik om vigtigheden af gode forfattere i tegneserieproduktion. KBL angriber ikke mindst den danske tegneseriebranche, som i hans optik i særdeleshed lider under manglen på gode forfattere. KBLs kronik er et velkomment indlæg i debatten, og har nogle gode pointer : ikke desto mindre tillader undertegnede sig hermed at gå i rette med kronikken, særligt med KBLs tegneseriesyn.