Archive for February, 2013

Today’s haul from a visit to some of the antiquarian book shops in Malmö. All esoteric Swedish stuff :)

Today's haul from a visit to some of the antiquarian book shops in Malmö. All esoteric Swedish stuff :)

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The magic revealed, part II: living with a comics artist.

The magic revealed, part II: living with a comics artist.

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On stage.

On stage.

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My collection of Adamson merchandise is growing with leaps and bounds right now. These two, which arrived through the mail today, are figure sawed out of wood and presumably made privately since I’ve never seen another set. The precision of the work makes me think that there might have been a template printed in a weekly Swedish magazine. Does anyone know anything about this?

My collection of Adamson merchandise is growing with leaps and bounds right now. These two, which arrived through the mail today, are figure sawed out of wood and presumably made privately since I've never seen another set. The precision of the work makes me think that there might have been a template printed in a weekly Swedish magazine. Does anyone know anything about this?

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And finally, another German made decanter from the 1930s, based on a Swedish comics character, but this time it’s the ultimate skacker Kronblom who has been the model. Hadn’t seen one of these before so, even though I do not collect merchandise with this character, I just couldn’t resist…

And finally, another German made decanter from the 1930s, based on a Swedish comics character, but this time it's the ultimate skacker Kronblom who has been the model. Hadn't seen one of these before so, even though I do not collect merchandise with this character, I just couldn't resist...

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Two more for the Adamson/Silent Sam collection. These are bottle stoppers, starting a brand new category in my collection.

Two more for the Adamson/Silent Sam collection. These are bottle stoppers, starting a brand new category in my collection.

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Slowly growing my collection of Adamson merchandise. The latest addition is the guy to the right, which seems to be a later, somewhat cruder replica of the classic Goebels decanter. But why make it a mirror image, with the cigarr in the other corner of his mouth? And why the dark skin hue? Anyone who knows anything about this?

Slowly growing my collection of Adamson merchandise. The latest addition is the guy to the right, which seems to be a later, somewhat cruder replica of the classic Goebels decanter. But why make it a mirror image, with the cigarr in the other corner of his mouth? And why the dark skin hue? Anyone who knows anything about this?

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The magic revealed.

The magic revealed.

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Today’s haul from the book shop. Now to choose which one to start with…

Today's haul from the book shop. Now to choose which one to start with...

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Comics by Tala Madani, from the very interesting exhibition Rip Image, at Moderna Museet.

Comics by Tala Madani, from the very interesting exhibition Rip Image, at Moderna Museet.

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Claes Reimerthi talks about Don Rosa’s life and times, at the literary evening on the works of Rosa.

Claes Reimerthi talks about Don Rosa's life and times, at the literary evening on the works of Rosa.

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Script writer, comics historian and editor Claes Reimerthi presents himself and his career through a number of logotyypes, at the comics evening event with the theme of Disney artist Don Rosa.

Script writer, comics historian and editor Claes Reimerthi presents himself and his career through a number of logotyypes, at the comics evening event with the theme of Disney artist Don Rosa.

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Publisher Rolf Classon and editor Thomas Olsson talks about how the publishing house Kartago works, what they look for in new comics, how to make a living as a comics artist and so on – in front of the students at the Comic Art School in Malmö.

Publisher Rolf Classon and editor Thomas Olsson talks about how the publishing house Kartago works, what they look for in new comics, how to make a living as a comics artist and so on - in front of the students at the Comic Art School in Malmö.

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The Swedish classic comic of the 1980s, Ensamma mamman (The Single Mom) published in French. Incroyable!!

The Swedish classic comic of the 1980s, Ensamma mamman (The Single Mom) published in French. Incroyable!!

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On today’s reading list.

On today's reading list.

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At the opening of comics artist and painter Camila Eklund’s exhibition Genomgången (The Walk Through). Beautiful, evocative and intriguing stuff, painted in black and white and based on old family photos.

At the opening of comics artist and painter Camila Eklund's exhibition Genomgången (The Walk Through). Beautiful, evocative and intriguing stuff, painted in black and white and based on old family photos.

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Just bought these little guys as a small indulgence to myself and my year long Beatles project. They now stand on the base of my computer, making me happy every time I look at them.

Just bought these little guys as a small indulgence to myself and my year long Beatles project. They now stand on the base of my computer, making me happy every time I look at them.

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Hanging out at the press centre in Angouleme.

Hanging out at the press centre in Angouleme.

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The alternative tent at the Angouleme festival.

The alternative tent at the Angouleme festival.

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The world’s greatest press centre, at Hotel de ville in Angouleme.

The world's greatest press centre, at Hotel de ville in Angouleme.

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Swedish artist Joanna Hellgren signs her books at publisher Camborakis booth in Angouleme.

Swedish artist Joanna Hellgren signs her books at publisher Camborakis booth in Angouleme.

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Danish artist Rikke Bakman signes the brand new French edition of her wonderful graphic novel Glimt.

Danish artist Rikke Bakman signes the brand new French edition of her wonderful graphic novel Glimt.

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Hanna having a drink that matches her sweater.

Hanna having a drink that matches her sweater.

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Fabian Göransson acting drink master at the Swedish release party in Angouleme.

Fabian Göransson acting drink master at the Swedish release party in Angouleme.

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The crowd at the Swedish release party in Angouleme.

The crowd at the Swedish release party in Angouleme.

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Knut Larsson mixing it up at the release party for his French book Triton.

Knut Larsson mixing it up at the release party for his French book Triton.

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The French edition of Liv Strömquist’s latest book. I wonder what the French readers are making out of this work by Sweden’s foremost feminist comics artist.

The French edition of Liv Strömquist's latest book. I wonder what the French readers are making out of this work by Sweden's foremost feminist comics artist.

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The Comica booth at Angouleme, with the inimitable Paul Gravett.

The Comica booth at Angouleme, with the inimitable Paul Gravett.

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A great statue from the Disney exhibition in Angouleme.

A great statue from the Disney exhibition in Angouleme.

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Gyro Gearloose’s “Little Helper” and wifey, in the big Disney exhibition at the comics festival in Angouleme.

Gyro Gearloose's "Little Helper" and wifey, in the big Disney exhibition at the comics festival in Angouleme.

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The entrance to the big exhibition on Disney comics, curated by Jean-Paul Jennequin.

The entrance to the big exhibition on Disney comics, curated by Jean-Paul Jennequin.

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Me and Donald.

Me and Donald.

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From the exhibition of Algerian comics. Fascinating stuff of which I had little or no previous knowledge. The system of presenting one new country per year in Angouleme has its definite advantages.

From the exhibition of Algerian comics. Fascinating stuff of which I had little or no previous knowledge. The system of presenting one new country per year in Angouleme has its definite advantages.

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Serious stuff, at the Platinum Age meeting earlier today.

Serious stuff, at the Platinum Age meeting earlier today.

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The special 40th aniversary Angouleme beer. Comics and beer, it doesn’t get any better!

The special 40th aniversary Angouleme beer. Comics and beer, it doesn't get any better!

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From the Swedish dinner at the Angouleme festival.

From the Swedish dinner at the Angouleme festival.

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From the Swedish dinner at the Angouleme festival.

From the Swedish dinner at the Angouleme festival.

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From the Swedish dinner at the Angouleme festival.

From the Swedish dinner at the Angouleme festival.

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From the Swedish dinner at the Angouleme festival.

From the Swedish dinner at the Angouleme festival.

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From the Swedish dinner at the Angouleme festival.

From the Swedish dinner at the Angouleme festival.

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The very cosy and professional fixed exhibition hall at the comics museum in Angouleme.

The very cosy and professional fixed exhibition hall at the comics museum in Angouleme.

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A great statue at the Jano exhibition, in Angouleme.

A great statue at the Jano exhibition, in Angouleme.

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This year’s international meet of comics historians, at the festival in Angouleme.

This year's international meet of comics historians, at the festival in Angouleme.

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The old comics museum of Angouleme in all its glory.

The old comics museum of Angouleme in all its glory.

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One of the major exhibitions at the Comics museum in Angouleme has major comics artist create art in colaboration with modern fine artists. Sounds interesting, but is actually surprisingly dull. Here’s one of the better paintings, in which Enki Bilal was involved.

One of the major exhibitions at the Comics museum in Angouleme has major comics artist create art in colaboration with modern fine artists. Sounds interesting, but is actually surprisingly dull. Here's one of the better paintings, in which Enki Bilal was involved.

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Selling jewelery with Tintin as the attention grabber, only in Angouleme during the big comics festival, when everyone and everything is being associated with comics.

Selling jewelery with Tintin as the attention grabber, only in Angouleme during the big comics festival, when everyone and everything is being associated with comics.

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A pastische of Mona Lisa, by Uderzo. Kind of disturbing…

A pastische of Mona Lisa, by Uderzo. Kind of disturbing...

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Posing with Corto Maltese (and my wife), like you do. Outside the “new” comics museum in Angouleme.

Posing with Corto Maltese (and my wife), like you do. Outside the "new" comics museum in Angouleme.

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Wohoo! The original panel in which Uderzo makes fun of the Beatlemania of the 1960s. At the Uderzo exhibition in Angouleme.

Wohoo! The original panel in which Uderzo makes fun of the Beatlemania of the 1960s. At the Uderzo exhibition in Angouleme.

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Part of the big exhibition about Uderzo, at the old comics museum in Angouleme.

Part of the big exhibition about Uderzo, at the old comics museum in Angouleme.

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My wife, Hanna, drawing an image in the comemorative book about Kristiina Kolehmainen. Will try to get some of the drawings onto the web when we get home.

My wife, Hanna, drawing an image in the comemorative book about Kristiina Kolehmainen. Will try to get some of the drawings onto the web when we get home.

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An action packed photo from the party in honor of Kristiina Kolehmainen, at her favorite restaurang Chat Noir.

An action packed photo from the party in honor of Kristiina Kolehmainen, at her favorite restaurang Chat Noir.

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