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.

A Ride on the Pain Coaster

As he himself promised, El-P’s new album, I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, is less personal than its predecessor, the solo debut Fantastic Damage (2002). Where that album to a large extent was introspective, this one presents a more distanced perspective. I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead is a panorama to Fantastic Damage‘s kaleidoscope. Although the nerve…

OCX Impressions

Just a quick note, here from Oslo, where OCX is going swimmingly. Centered around Oslo’s comics library, in the middle of the hip cafe & kebab quarter Grünerløkka, it’s a chill little festival with a number of interesting guests, mostly Norwegian – Jason, Lars Fiske & Steffen Kverneland probably being the most interesting, though a…

Onwards, to OCX07

All right, I’m headed out to Oslo in the morning. I’ll be attending the inaugural edition of Oslo Comics Expo, which looks like it’s going to be fun. I’ll be on the panel ‘Tegneserieakademiet,’ on our common understanding and contextualization of comics, on Saturday afternoon. Don’t know whether I’ll be able to update the blog,…

Re: Dansk fankultur

Oven på mit seneste indlæg om dansk fankultur, har det rumsteret lidt ovre i kaffeklubben. Jeg har nogle korte kommentarer: 1. Selvom diskussionen derovre har involveret folk, der er professionelle serietegnere, gør det dem ikke mindre fan-agtige når de diskuterer tegneseriedefinitioner, eller så meget andet. Hvilket er fint nok; det var ikke det min kritik…

Hvad er en tegneserie? (betaversion)

Det følgende er ikke en formfuldendt artikel, men en let redigeret tekst hentet ud af en debat i Rackhams nu lukkede forum fra december 2002. Den omhandler det kronisk genkommende og ganske umulige problem at definere hvad en tegneserie er. Der tages forbehold for uklarhed, uvished og umulighed… og groteske mængder tankestreger.

Re: Spiders

Ahem, I was a little fast in my last post about the local Spider-Man 3 poster and didn’t think to actually doublecheck whether any spiders are capable of leaping great distances. Immediately caught in the act of being generally sloppy, I received this email from fellow Danish comics, and Spider-Man enthusiast, Thomas Stærmose: “There are…