Archive for January, 2013

Sweden taking part of the comics revelries in Angouleme, sharing a table with our friends from Finland.

Sweden taking part of the comics revelries in Angouleme, sharing a table with our friends from Finland.

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Good books for sale at the comics festival in Angouleme.

Good books for sale at the comics festival in Angouleme.

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Knut Larsson, proud father of his first ever book in French, Triton. All French readers are in for a treat.

Knut Larsson, proud father of his first ever book in French, Triton. All French readers are in for a treat.

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Back in Angouleme for the best comics festival in the world. This year, one of the major exhibitions is about Disney comics, as can be seen by this gigantic statue outside of Hotel de Ville.

Back in Angouleme for the best comics festival in the world. This year, one of the major exhibitions is about Disney comics, as can be seen by this gigantic statue outside of Hotel de Ville.

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Honey I’m home!

Honey I'm home!

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Galerie Martel in Paris is run by Rina, wife of world renowned comics artist Lorenzo Mattotti, who has curated solo exhibitions with some of the biggest names in the world of comics. More information here: www.galeriemartel.com

Galerie Martel in Paris is run by Rina, wife of world renowned comics artist Lorenzo Mattotti, who has curated solo exhibitions with some of the biggest names in the world of comics. More information here: www.galeriemartel.com

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Friend and colleague Bart Beaty doing his best impersonation of a saint, in front of Eric Lambe’s art at Galerie Martel in Paris.

Friend and colleague Bart Beaty doing his best impersonation of a saint, in front of Eric Lambe's art at Galerie Martel in Paris.

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More of Eric Lambe’s incredible detalied art, all done in blue ballpoint pen. At Galerie Martel in Paris.

More of Eric Lambe's incredible detalied art, all done in blue ballpoint pen. At Galerie Martel in Paris.

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One of the best work of art from the exhibition “Le fils du Roi” (The Son of the King) by comics artist Eric Lambe. Shown at Galeri Martel in Paris.

One of the best work of art from the exhibition "Le fils du Roi" (The Son of the King) by comics artist Eric Lambe. Shown at Galeri Martel in Paris.

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Things I’m going to miss when leaving Pars: sitting at our favorite local pub, writing, drinking Belgian beers and listening to American music from 60s and 70s, while wifey draws comics.

Things I'm going to miss when leaving Pars: sitting at our favorite local pub, writing, drinking Belgian beers and listening to American music from 60s and 70s, while wifey draws comics.

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Ok, so I’ve shown you the sketches earlier. Here’s the final result of Hanna’s duck version of me in front of the Swedish High Court last year. The full comic can be read at www.hannastromberg.com.

Ok, so I've shown you the sketches earlier. Here's the final result of Hanna's duck version of me in front of the Swedish High Court last year. The full comic can be read at www.hannastromberg.com.

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In your face, Mae West!

In your face, Mae West!

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An “erotic telephone” anyone? At the Dali exhibition at Centre Pompidou, Paris.

An "erotic telephone" anyone? At the Dali exhibition at Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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A strange, early sculpture at the great Dali exhibition in Paris right now.

A strange, early sculpture at the great Dali exhibition in Paris right now.

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My French translator and one of the most versatile and knowledgeable comics historians I know: Jean-Paul Jennequin.

My French translator and one of the most versatile and knowledgeable comics historians I know: Jean-Paul Jennequin.

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At dinner with my French publisher, architecht to the rich and famous and all out good guy, Philipe Morin.

At dinner with my French publisher, architecht to the rich and famous and all out good guy, Philipe Morin.

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This was bought right of the rack at our local newspaper vendor here in Paris. According to Charlie Hebdo, who are known for publishing provocative Mohammed cartoons and have even had their editorial offices firebombed due to this, this graphic novel has been thoroughly vetted by Islamic experts and should not be provicative. Yet, Mohammed is depicted, and depicted rather derisively. Interesting. Anyone who has heard if this has created any problems? Will read and get back with more comments.

This was bought right of the rack at our local newspaper vendor here in Paris. According to Charlie Hebdo, who are known for publishing provocative Mohammed cartoons and have even had their editorial offices firebombed due to this, this graphic novel has been thoroughly vetted by Islamic experts and should not be provicative. Yet, Mohammed is depicted, and depicted rather derisively. Interesting. Anyone who has heard if this has created any problems? Will read and get back with more comments.

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Another comics exhibition in Paris. No, wait.. That’s just the wall next to Hanna’s workspace.

Another comics exhibition in Paris. No, wait.. That's just the wall next to Hanna's workspace.

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Le Grand Danois, Erik Svane, lured me to a big exhibition with Star Wars toys, here in Paris. Out of all the exceptional things displayed (a lot of the original sketches, sculptures, molds etc) I fell for this weird merchandise of a C-3PO giving birth to a roll of scotch tape…

Le Grand Danois, Erik Svane, lured me to a big exhibition with Star Wars toys, here in Paris. Out of all the exceptional things displayed (a lot of the original sketches, sculptures, molds etc) I fell for this weird merchandise of a C-3PO giving birth to a roll of scotch tape...

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From the trompe l’oeuil exhibition at Les Arts Decoratis. Imagine living with mirrors for floor. Weird and a bit dizzying.

From the trompe l'oeuil exhibition at Les Arts Decoratis. Imagine living with mirrors for floor. Weird and a bit dizzying.

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In France right now, they Are doing something that we could learn from. Instead of including DVDs with endless TV-series in their daily newspapers, they include classic comics albums. Hardcover to boot, and for a few euros. I would love to see this happen in Sweden.

In France right now, they Are doing something that we could learn from. Instead of including DVDs with endless TV-series in their daily newspapers, they include classic comics albums. Hardcover to boot, and for a few euros. I would love to see this happen in Sweden.

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Again, magic without any filters what so ever.

Again, magic without any filters what so ever.

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One more stunning Bilal art, then I’m gonna stop, I promise.

One more stunning Bilal art, then I'm gonna stop, I promise.

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Probably my favorite Bilal painting from the Lovre exhibition, where he has painted a face inside an ancient helmet. The texts are, as I understand it, mock dokumentary notes on the people who has become ghosts, made in the Louvre’s style of signs for their artifacts.

Probably my favorite Bilal painting from the Lovre exhibition, where he has painted a face inside an ancient helmet. The texts are, as I understand it, mock dokumentary notes on the people who has become ghosts, made in the Louvre's style of signs for their artifacts.

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More great art by Enki Bilal at the Louvre.

More great art by Enki Bilal at the Louvre.

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One of the more evocative of Enki Bilal’s paintings, which consists of photos of art from the Louvre’s collection with imagined ghosts from their past superimposed on the images.

One of the more evocative of Enki Bilal's paintings, which consists of photos of art from the Louvre's collection with imagined ghosts from their past superimposed on the images.

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Right now, Enki Bilal has a major art exhibition at the Louvre, Paris. Part of the Lovre’s agenda to engage comics artists to be inspired by the collection of the museum. Well worth a visit.

Right now, Enki Bilal has a major art exhibition at the Louvre, Paris. Part of the Lovre's agenda to engage comics artists to be inspired by the collection of the museum. Well worth a visit.

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Magic! No filter needed.

Magic! No filter needed.

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Visiting my favorite part of the Louvre, Indiana Jones style.

Visiting my favorite part of the Louvre, Indiana Jones style.

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And now for something completely different: inking!

And now for something completely different: inking!

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Combining two interests: Comics and The Beatles. A parody from the time, by the inimitable Uderzo.

Combining two interests: Comics and The Beatles. A parody from the time, by the inimitable Uderzo.

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The comic about the Stromberg family’s adventures in 2012 is at this moment being penciled.

The comic about the Stromberg family's adventures in 2012 is at this moment being penciled.

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Three weeks into the project of immersing myself in The Beatles all through 2013. So far Revolver is my favorit album. Halfway through from the boy-loves-girl pop tunes of their early career and the more psychedelic music of their later era, this is both intellectually interesting and catchy – and it still sounds as though they were having fun recording.

Three weeks into the project of immersing myself in The Beatles all through 2013. So far Revolver is my favorit album. Halfway through from the boy-loves-girl pop tunes of their early career and the more psychedelic music of their later era, this is both intellectually interesting and catchy - and it still sounds as though they were having fun recording.

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We found this book in the small library in our apartment here in Paris. A sign from the gods? But who the Hell is “K”? Should we expect a visit from men in black suits and black Raybans?

We found this book in the small library in our apartment here in Paris. A sign from the gods? But who the Hell is "K"? Should we expect a visit from men in black suits and black Raybans?

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From the sketch for our upcoming yearly comic, covering what happened to the Strombergs in 2012. That’s me, up in front of the Swedish Supreme Court.

From the sketch for our upcoming yearly comic, covering what happened to the Strombergs in 2012. That's me, up in front of the Swedish Supreme Court.

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The designated reading area at the manga section at Fnac, Forum les Halles, Paris. This is strange for a Swede, as we are always actively discouraged from reading in bookstores at home. Strange but really nice.

The designated reading area at the manga section at Fnac, Forum les Halles, Paris. This is strange for a Swede, as we are always actively discouraged from reading in bookstores at home. Strange but really nice.

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On the top floor of the media store Fnac at les Halles in Paris, there is now a special manga section, almost as big as the regular bande dessinee/comics section a few floors below. Sign of the times…

On the top floor of the media store Fnac at les Halles in Paris, there is now a special manga section, almost as big as the regular bande dessinee/comics section a few floors below. Sign of the times...

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Our house, in the middle of our street. Our house, in the middle of our…

Our house, in the middle of our street. Our house, in the middle of our...

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Art in the making.

Art in the making.

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Good morning!

Good morning!

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Winter wonderland – Paris style.

Winter wonderland - Paris style.

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The scetch for the cover of Idees Noire by André Franquin.

The scetch for the cover of Idees Noire by André Franquin.

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A beautiful portrait of André Franquin, by Jije.

A beautiful portrait of André Franquin, by Jije.

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Had to revisit the Franquin exhibition today. It’s just around the corner… Anyway, this time I spent most time in the section with self portraits. Here’s an early one.

Had to revisit the Franquin exhibition today. It's just around the corner... Anyway, this time I spent most time in the section with self portraits. Here's an early one.

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Having a few beers and many laughs with “le Grand Danois” himself: Erik Svane (Général Leonardo).

Having a few beers and many laughs with "le Grand Danois" himself: Erik Svane (Général Leonardo).

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Walking home. No filters needed.

Walking home. No filters needed.

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Just finished my first book on The Beatles at what is turning out to be my favorite local pub on this trip to Paris, even though I just saw a small mouse walk accross the floor below my table…

Just finished my first book on The Beatles at what is turning out to be my favorite local pub on this trip to Paris, even though I just saw a small mouse walk accross the floor below my table...

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Another original by André Franquin, from the exhibition “M’enfin ?!”, on in Paris right now.

Another original by André Franquin, from the exhibition "M'enfin ?!", on in Paris right now.

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An original by André Franquin, with the color on paper and the line art on a transparent sheet.

An original by André Franquin, with the color on paper and the line art on a transparent sheet.

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Me and my hero. A portrait. #andrefranquin #gaston #bandedessinee

Me and my hero. A portrait.

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A wall with self-portraits by the master André Franquin.

A wall with self-portraits by the master André Franquin.

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At Centre Pompido there is right now a great big exhibition on Dali. Just oposite, there’s an exhibition on André Franquin. The decision is easy!

At Centre Pompido there is right now a great big exhibition on Dali. Just oposite, there's an exhibition on André Franquin. The decision is easy!

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Examining ART is serious business.

Examining ART is serious business.

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A new book on Tintin in Congo. That goes into the shopping cart!

A new book on Tintin in Congo. That goes into the shopping cart!

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Just bought my first book on the Beatles, and started reading it while still listening to Revolver. More of a scrapbook, with a short history than the end-all biography, but a good starting point I think.

Just bought my first book on the Beatles, and started reading it while still listening to Revolver. More of a scrapbook, with a short history than the end-all biography, but a good starting point I think.

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A window display in honor of my favorite comics artist André Franquin.

A window display in honor of my favorite comics artist André Franquin.

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The view from our window right now. It’s snowing in Paris.

The view from our window right now. It's snowing in Paris.

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Combining two interests, comics and The Beatles.

Combining two interests, comics and The Beatles.

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A good selection of books about comics, at Album in Paris.

A good selection of books about comics, at Album in Paris.

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Ok, so finally settled down in Paris, computers installed and some serious work ahead, with wifey next to me. Oh, and a newly opened Chimay Bleu beside the computer. Life’s good.

Ok, so finally settled down in Paris, computers installed and some serious work ahead, with wifey next to me. Oh, and a newly opened Chimay Bleu beside the computer. Life's good.

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This is the way a comic shop should look.

This is the way a comic shop should look.

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Shopping in Paris: there’s always room for another waistcoat in my wardrobe.

Shopping in Paris: there's always room for another waistcoat in my wardrobe.

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Good morning!