Matthias Wivel is the administrator of the Metabunker. He is the Curator of Sixteenth-Century Italian Paintings at The National Gallery in London and a co-founder and the current chairman of the Danish Comics Council.

Hergé 100 VIII

Yes, our celebration of Hergé’s centenary continues – we’ve now hit the one-week mark and are still going strong! Today’s drawing is by one of Danish fandom’s movers and shakers, the inimitable Peter Becher! Deeply involved in Danish fandom as a consultant and translation coach for the editors of the Complete Carl Barks, currently being…

James Beck RIP

Dr. James Beck, Professor of Art History at Columbia University and one of our preeminent scholars of the Italian Renaissance, died on Saturday at the age of 77. This is a great loss, both of an extraordinary scholar and a controversial curmudgeon to the field. Always outspoken, he courted controversy throughout his career – most…

Hergé 100 VI

Our celebration of Hergé’s centenary continues! Today’s drawing is by the Bunker’s own T. Thorhauge. His debut, Det der går forud is still available from Fahrenheit, and the French edition, Table rase, published by Éditions Rackham, can be acquired here. Other significant comics work can be found in Rackham #2, 4 & 5 as well…

Hergé 100 V

Our celebration of Hergé’s centenary continues! Today’s drawing, which refers to the wrong number gag that runs through several of the late Tintin books, is by Ole Comoll Christensen, one of the most versatile comics artists on the Danish scene. The ballon reads: “Hello? Yes M’am, it’s the butcher’s… Oh, you got the wrong number?”…

Hergé 100 IV

Our celebration of Hergé’s centenary continues! Today’s drawing, inspired by the back covers of the old Danish editions of the Tintin books, is by Peter Kielland-Brandt, one of the veterans of the innovative 70s generation of Danish cartoonists and one of our most original voices. His website can be seen here, his Lambiek entry here,…

Hergé 100 III

Continuing our celebration of Hergé’s centenary, today’s drawing is by Johan Krarup, one of the premier representatives of the new Danish underground. Read his weekly strip “Mixed Double” here, His publishing outfit Son of A Horse can be found here, and he sometimes writes a column about alternative comics here. Johan is also a philosophy…

Did Hergé die of AIDS?

Strange news at this time of celebration: Philippe Goddin, the editor of the massive ouevre catalogue of Hergé’s that is being published these years and author of an upcoming biography, has just stated in an interview that he is convinced that Hergé died not of leukemia as has hitherto been the belief, but of AIDS.…