On to Roskilde!

It’s been a while ‘cos I’ve been busy. Still am, but I still wanted to check in here with some notes on this week’s musical happenings in Copenhagen and environs. I’m back in Denmark for a little while here, and started out my stay with a session featuring Beenie Man (pictured above) who, amongst other…

Natasja – In Memoriam

This is so sad. I can’t really bring myself to write about anything else at the moment. It is, however, some solace that so many people have been showing their love these last days. And there are also some news about what happens now. People interested in helping Natasja’s mother and family give her a…

Natasja 1974-2007

Today brought incredibly sad news. Danish dancehall queen Natasja Saad has died in a car crash in Jamaica. A fixture in Danish hip hop, reggae and dancehall since the late eighties, when she performed on stage for the first time, she had both an astonishing talent and true star quality. I first saw her on…

Carlsen stays Carlsen

On Seriejournalen’s message board, Carlsen editor Carsten Søndergaard notes that the negotiations at Aschehoug/Egmont after their acquisition of Bonnier Forlagene have resulted in the publishing house Carlsen, previously owned by Bonnier, remains its own publisher, while Egmont Serieforlaget continues to function as is. Effectively that means the new media group has two distinct comics publishing…

Shrug Value

Not wanting to feel left out, I’m adding my 2 cents on Damien Hirst’s new skull. It is a platinum cast of a human skull, with real teeth, studded with 8.601 diamonds, the forehead set with a 50-karat stone. At a reported production cost of £8-10 million and a sales price around £50 million, the…

Re: Berlingskes tegneseriekonkurrence

Ovre på Seriejournalen kommenterer Hans Müller, tegneren bag en af de vindende striber i Berlingskes tegneseriekonkurrence, Bladtegner.dk, min kritik: “Wivel, hvad mener du med “det meget begrænsede eksempelmateriale der er tilgængeligt”…? Du henviser til de 4 eksempler der i sin tid blev lagt på Berlingske.dk, antager jeg. Har du overhovedet ulejliget dig med at læse…

Berlingskes tegneseriekonkurrence: Et panorama af middelmådighed

Der lyder i disse dage stor kritik af Berlingske tidende fra dele af det danske tegneseriemiljø, efter dagbladet har annonceret, at de ikke har intentioner om at fortsætte med at bringe en af vinderstriberne i den stort anlagte tegneseriekonkurrence, de kørte i efteråret. Dette er ganske forståeligt – konkurrencen blev amatøragtigt afviklet og den meddelelse,…

Egmont/Bonnier: Worst Case Scenario For Danish Comics Culture

Yesterday saw the announcement that Nordic media conglomerate Egmont has acquired its rival, Bonnier Books. Since then, the Danish media have written a great deal about tendencies in Scandinavian book culture (where the presence of bookstore chains is steadily growing, causing predictions that they will eventually end up dictating publishing), in which both Egmont and…