Archive for April, 2013

Part of the loot from Stockholm International Comics Festival.

Part of the loot from Stockholm International Comics Festival.

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Philippe Morin from the Angouleme festival, reviewing Swedish fanzines for the Angouleme Fanzine Award. At Stockholm International Comics Festival.

Philippe Morin from the Angouleme festival, reviewing Swedish fanzines for the Angouleme Fanzine Award. At Stockholm International Comics Festival.

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Publisher Mats Jonsson, at Stockholm International Comics Festival.

Publisher Mats Jonsson, at Stockholm International Comics Festival.

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The big discussion on the comics business at Stockholm Comics International Festival. From left to right publishers Rolf Classon (Kartago), Fabian Göransson (Kolik) and Johannes Klenell (Galago), with Fredrik Axegård, a representative of the major book distributor, and moderator Roger Willson.

The big discussion on the comics business at Stockholm Comics International Festival. From left to right publishers Rolf Classon (Kartago), Fabian Göransson (Kolik) and Johannes Klenell (Galago), with Fredrik Axegård, a representative of the major book distributor, and moderator Roger Willson.

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Discussions, discussions at the official dinner/mingle of the Stockholm International Comics Festival.

Discussions, discussions at the official dinner/mingle of the Stockholm International Comics Festival.

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Comics artist Patrik Norrman lets loose the base at Nalen Bar.

Comics artist Patrik Norrman lets loose the base at Nalen Bar.

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The Annual meeting of The Swedish Comics Assiciation.

The Annual meeting of The Swedish Comics Assiciation.

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Entering the fray.

Entering the fray.

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The artist talk with Peter Madsen and Enrique Fernandez that I held earlier today. The talk went great, with Peter and Enrique mostly interviewing each other.

The artist talk with Peter Madsen and Enrique Fernandez that I held earlier today. The talk went great, with Peter and Enrique mostly interviewing each other.

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The guest of honor at Stockholm International Comics Festival, Melinda Gebbie, being interviewed right now by comics artist Bitte Andersson.

The guest of honor at Stockholm International Comics Festival, Melinda Gebbie, being interviewed right now by comics artist Bitte Andersson.

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Panel on web comics, with moderator Sanna Valapuro with comics artists Yvette Gustafsson, M. Falke, Rene Engström and Johan Wanloo.

Panel on web comics, with moderator Sanna Valapuro with comics artists Yvette Gustafsson, M. Falke, Rene Engström and Johan Wanloo.

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Students from the Comic Art School of Malmö, at SIS.

Students from the Comic Art School of Malmö, at SIS.

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The publisher Micke Tegebjer (Ekholm & Tegebjer), who publishes, among other artists, the Dane Peter Madsen (Valhall) and the Swede Ola Skogäng (Theo’s Ockult Curiosities), both at SIS right now.

The publisher Micke Tegebjer (Ekholm & Tegebjer), who publishes, among other artists, the Dane Peter Madsen (Valhall) and the Swede Ola Skogäng (Theo's Ockult Curiosities), both at SIS right now.

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The publisher Apart at Stockholm International Comics Festival. From left to right: Johan Kimrin and Jimmy Wallin.

The publisher Apart at Stockholm International Comics Festival. From left to right: Johan Kimrin and Jimmy Wallin.

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Um, a Brewery named Södra Maltfabriken (The Southern Malt Factory), which is situated just south of Stockholm … But the beer was decent enough.

Um, a Brewery named Södra Maltfabriken (The Southern Malt Factory), which is situated just south of Stockholm ... But the beer was decent enough.

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One of the first panels at the Swedish International Comics Festival. Ola Skogäng and

One of the first panels at the Swedish International Comics Festival. Ola Skogäng and

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Comics artist Jonas Darnell, proud father of a brand new Hermann Hedning beer.

Comics artist Jonas Darnell, proud father of a brand new Hermann Hedning beer.

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Exhibition with fan art for the official maskot of Stockholm International Comics Festival, originally drawn by Loka Kanarp.

Exhibition with fan art for the official maskot of Stockholm International Comics Festival, originally drawn by Loka Kanarp.

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Was just now at Systembolaget and bought crates and crates of this stuff. #seriefestivalen

Was just now at Systembolaget and bought crates and crates of this stuff.

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Building, building. Stockholm International Comics Festival slowly shaping up.

Building, building. Stockholm International Comics Festival slowly shaping up.

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Organizer Ola Hellsten hard at work, trying to get Stockholm’s International Comics Festival rolling. #seriefestivalen

Organizer Ola Hellsten hard at work, trying to get Stockholm's International Comics Festival rolling.

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Good books at the section for books about comics at Serieteket, Stockholm’s comics speciality library

Good books at the section for books about comics at Serieteket, Stockholm's comics speciality library

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Serious beer drinking, with Johannes Klenell and Ola Hellsten at Kolik’s release party on Thursday night. Stockholm International Comics Festival gaining momentum. #seriefestivalen

Serious beer drinking, with Johannes Klenell and Ola Hellsten at Kolik's release party on Thursday night. Stockholm International Comics Festival gaining momentum.

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From today’s talk on Swedish comics in an international perspective.

From today's talk on Swedish comics in an international perspective.

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The man, the myth, the legend.

The man, the myth, the legend.

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The Danish brewery Amager, proudly displaying the image from the beer Lust, that has been banned in Sweden.

The Danish brewery Amager, proudly displaying the image from the beer Lust, that has been banned in Sweden.

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At Malmö Beer & Whisky Festival. Finding that the most interesting Swedish Brewery comes from Staffanstorp (my tiny home town…) But of course!

At Malmö Beer & Whisky Festival. Finding that the most interesting Swedish Brewery comes from Staffanstorp (my tiny home town...) But of course!

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Interior of the strange Japanese collection of the Swedish artist Daniel Ahlgren’s comic about an over-age heavy metal fan. Ove says “Konichiwa!”

Interior of the strange Japanese collection of the Swedish artist Daniel Ahlgren's comic about an over-age heavy metal fan. Ove says "Konichiwa!"

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Sometimes coming home to your mail is just pure, unadulterated fun. Today, I recieved this strange tome: a Japanese collection of the comic “Ove, den 34-årige hårdrockaren” (Ove, the 34 year old heavy metal fan) by Swedish artist Daniel Ahlgren. Considering that these comics have not been collected in Sweden, I find this little gem of a book fascinating.

Sometimes coming home to your mail is just pure, unadulterated fun. Today, I recieved this strange tome: a Japanese collection of the comic "Ove, den 34-årige hårdrockaren" (Ove, the 34 year old heavy metal fan) by Swedish artist Daniel Ahlgren. Considering that these comics have not been collected in Sweden, I find this little gem of a book fascinating.

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Erik Svane, a.k.a. “The Great Dane”, visiting the Comic Art Centre.

Erik Svane, a.k.a. "The Great Dane", visiting the Comic Art Centre.

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There’s a new band playing at my desktop, keeping me company. #beatles #apple

There's a new band playing at my desktop, keeping me company.

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When colouring the Chinese edition of the Swedish comic strip Adamson, the publisher has decided that the wrinkles on the character’s chins make up a sleek, white moustasche … Makes him look a bit more Chinese I guess …

When colouring the Chinese edition of the Swedish comic strip Adamson, the publisher has decided that the wrinkles on the character's chins make up a sleek, white moustasche ... Makes him look a bit more Chinese I guess ...

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More Chinese strangeness: the cover of one of the new Adamson books has an original illustration on the cover, obviously not drawn by Jacobsson. I like the city silhouette in the background, with the Eiffel tower and the Tower Bridge of London … An homage to the international success of the strip, or just shorthand for Europe?

More Chinese strangeness: the cover of one of the new Adamson books has an original illustration on the cover, obviously not drawn by Jacobsson. I like the city silhouette in the background, with the Eiffel tower and the Tower Bridge of London ... An homage to the international success of the strip, or just shorthand for Europe?

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Arrived today in the post: two brand new (2011 and 2012) Chinese color editions of the classic Swedish b&w comic strip Adamson (Silent Sam). I guess I’ve seen stranger things, but not that much stranger… Anyone know anything about this?

Arrived today in the post: two brand new (2011 and 2012) Chinese color editions of the classic Swedish b&w comic strip Adamson (Silent Sam). I guess I've seen stranger things, but not that much stranger... Anyone know anything about this?

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Stockholm International Comics Festival is drawing near, noticeable in the increase in Swedish comics publications. Here the fourth (!) volume of the anthology Swedish Comic Sin, a colaborative effort by the participating artists, which has kept going for four years. Impressive!

Stockholm International Comics Festival is drawing near, noticeable in the increase in Swedish comics publications. Here the fourth (!) volume of the anthology Swedish Comic Sin, a colaborative effort by the participating artists, which has kept going for four years. Impressive!

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The thickest (more than 6 cm) Swedish graphic novel ever? Man this is s hefty volume! And it’s only volume one …

The thickest (more than 6 cm) Swedish graphic novel ever? Man this is s hefty volume! And it's only volume one ...

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Another beautiful portrait from my trip to New York, courtesy of Ole Comoll Christensen.

Another beautiful portrait from my trip to New York, courtesy of Ole Comoll Christensen.

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The Society of Illustrators owns an entire building! The Swedish Comics Association has to get ourselves one of these!

The Society of Illustrators owns an entire building! The Swedish Comics Association has to get ourselves one of these!

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Sitting at a Belgian restaurant in New York. It’s sunny, about 24 degrees Celsius, and I’ve got a Belgian style craft beer in front on me. Life’s good.

Sitting at a Belgian restaurant in New York. It's sunny, about 24 degrees Celsius, and I've got a Belgian style craft beer in front on me. Life's good.

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Visiting the Society of Illustrators and their exhibition hall.

Visiting the Society of Illustrators and their exhibition hall.

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Eating Japanese food, in an American town, reading a Swedish graphic novel… Feeling cosmopolitan.

Eating Japanese food, in an American town, reading a Swedish graphic novel... Feeling cosmopolitan.

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Barbecueing my own food at a great Japanese restaurant on Manhattan.

Barbecueing my own food at a great Japanese restaurant on Manhattan.

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Still no Indiana Jones hat…

Still no Indiana Jones hat...

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Admiring Steve Jobs see-through staircase…

Admiring Steve Jobs see-through staircase...

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Still no Indiana Jones hat…

Still no Indiana Jones hat...

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Feeling a bit lost in the HUGE American Museum of Natural History, and frankly not quite sure how to react to the exhibition on American Indians… I think I’ll give up and go out in the glorious sunny Central Park and have a much needed latte instead.

Feeling a bit lost in the HUGE American Museum of Natural History, and frankly not quite sure how to react to the exhibition on American Indians... I think I'll give up and go out in the glorious sunny Central Park and have a much needed latte instead.

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The inimitable Craig Joe at the Swedish table at MoCCA.

The inimitable Craig Joe at the Swedish table at MoCCA.

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Those silly Danish cartoonists…

Those silly Danish cartoonists...

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#newyork #centralpark

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No Indiana Jones hat on this trip…

No Indiana Jones hat on this trip...

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Watching mountain gorillas.

Watching mountain gorillas.

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A great portrait of yours truly, by Danish artist Henrik Rehr.

A great portrait of yours truly, by Danish artist Henrik Rehr.

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It’s getting time to close the MoCCA Arts Fest, which is a good thing as we are down the very last few of all the books we brought. It’s been a really good show this year and we are looking forward to MoCCA 2014.

It's getting time to close the MoCCA Arts Fest, which is a good thing as we are down the very last few of all the books we brought. It's been a really good show this year and we are looking forward to MoCCA 2014.

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Only in New York. Orthodox Jews behind barricades, chanting “Judaism Yes! Sionism No”, aimed at a comemorative event about the Holocaust.

Only in New York. Orthodox Jews behind barricades, chanting "Judaism Yes! Sionism No", aimed at a comemorative event about the Holocaust.

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The first ever MoCCA Awards. Jury members Poul Pope, Karen Bergen, David Mazzuchelli and Gary Groth hand out awards for excellence in storytelling, draftmanship, production values etc.

The first ever MoCCA Awards. Jury members Poul Pope, Karen Bergen, David Mazzuchelli and Gary Groth hand out awards for excellence in storytelling, draftmanship, production values etc.

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The MoCCA Arts Fest is this year run by The Society of Illustratrators, and one new feature they brought is a big exhibition of comics originals. A nice, quiet part of the show, away from the hustle and bustle of the sell floor.

The MoCCA Arts Fest is this year run by The Society of Illustratrators, and one new feature they brought is a big exhibition of comics originals. A nice, quiet part of the show, away from the hustle and bustle of the sell floor.

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Getting crowded.

Getting crowded.

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Representing Swedish comics at The MoCCA Arts Fest.

Representing Swedish comics at The MoCCA Arts Fest.

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The MoCCA Arta Fest is now in session.

The MoCCA Arta Fest is now in session.

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Everything really is bigger in the US. Here’s the lifesize Tyrannosaurus Rex at Toys ‘r Us on Manhattan…

Everything really is bigger in the US. Here's the lifesize Tyrannosaurus Rex at Toys 'r Us on Manhattan...

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Norwegian Jason the featured artist at Midtown Comics, New York.

Norwegian Jason the featured artist at Midtown Comics, New York.

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Breakfast in New York. Jetlag when travelling in this direction is always a blessing, as you wake up early no matter what you were up to last night …

Breakfast in New York. Jetlag when travelling in this direction is always a blessing, as you wake up early no matter what you were up to last night ...

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