Archive for January, 2016

Portrait: Jen Vaughn!

Jen Vaughn!

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On the cover of Groom #1.

On the cover of Groom #1.

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Dennis Gustafsson, at Chat Noir!

Dennis Gustafsson, at Chat Noir!

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Hogwarts?

Hogwarts?

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Reading for the trip home.

Reading for the trip home.

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One of the big stories of the year, in Groom #1.

One of the big stories of the year, in Groom #1.

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Portrait by Ola Skogäng!

Portrait by Ola Skogäng!

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Chaos at the Swedish booth during the Nordic party.

Chaos at the Swedish booth during the Nordic party.

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Another beautiful panel from the Morris exhibition.

Another beautiful panel from the Morris exhibition.

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More Pratt.

More Pratt.

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THE best Angoulême exhibition this year: Hugo Pratt!

THE best Angoulême exhibition this year: Hugo Pratt!

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Maybe a present to myself…

Maybe a present to myself...

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The panel on feminism and comics, at Angoulême 2016.

The panel on feminism and comics, at Angoulême 2016.

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More Morris!

More Morris!

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Detail from the great Morris exhibition in Angoulême 2016.

Detail from the great Morris exhibition in Angoulême 2016.

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Just your average comic book shop…

Just your average comic book shop...

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At the award ceremony in Angoulême 2016.

At the award ceremony in Angoulême 2016.

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One last beer at Chat Noir.

One last beer at Chat Noir.

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Portrait by Liv Strömquist!

Portrait by Liv Strömquist!

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Anneli Furmark at the Concert de dessin.

Anneli Furmark at the Concert de dessin.

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Thinking of Kristiina Kolehmainen.

Thinking of Kristiina Kolehmainen.

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At the J.C. Menu exhibition.

At the J.C. Menu exhibition.

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Visiting the Hugo Pratt exhibition with Joann Sfar.

Visiting the Hugo Pratt exhibition with Joann Sfar.

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The official Swedish dinner at Angoulême 2016.

The official Swedish dinner at Angoulême 2016.

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Chaos at the Swedish party!

Chaos at the Swedish party!

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Portrait by the incredible Joann Sfar!

Portrait by the incredible Joann Sfar!

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Animated discussions at the Swedish breakfast meeting with the French publishers.

Animated discussions at the Swedish breakfast meeting with the French publishers.

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Swedish comics present at the Platinum Age meeting.

Swedish comics present at the Platinum Age meeting.

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Angoulême 2016.

Angoulême 2016.

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Liv Strömquist signing at the Angoulême festival.

Liv Strömquist signing at the Angoulême festival.

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A beautiful portrait by the inimitable Knut Larsson.

A beautiful portrait by the inimitable Knut Larsson.

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The Swedish Comic booth besieged by visitors.

The Swedish Comic booth besieged by visitors.

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Lene Ask!

Lene Ask!

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Knut Larsson signing in the Swedish booth.

Knut Larsson signing in the Swedish booth.

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Knut Larsson!

Knut Larsson!

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Liv Strömquist!

Liv Strömquist!

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Loka Kanarp!

Loka Kanarp!

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Meeting with the two Pauls: Gravett and Karasik.

Meeting with the two Pauls: Gravett and Karasik.

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Hanna-Pirita Lehkonen!

Hanna-Pirita Lehkonen!

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And now: Karoline Stjernfelt!

And now: Karoline Stjernfelt!

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And we’re off!

And we're off!

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An incredible portrait, by the incredible Karoline Stjernfelt.

An incredible portrait, by the incredible Karoline Stjernfelt.

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Two brand new, beautiful catalogues arrived just in time for Angoulême!

Two brand new, beautiful catalogues arrived just in time for Angoulême!

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The scary/beautiful packaging of all the horror fanzines produced at the Comic Art School.

The scary/beautiful packaging of all the horror fanzines produced at the Comic Art School.

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Review: Var ska jag lägga mitt huvud?

Var ska jag lägga mitt huvud?Var ska jag lägga mitt huvud? by Rakhsha Razani
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A poignant autobiographical tale of escaping from your home country and trying to build a new reality in another part of the world altogether. The main character moves from Iran to England to study in the 1970s, but moves back home at the revolution in 1979 to try to help rebuild the country. Nothing, however, was as it seemed and she and her little family must soon flee, and end up as refugees in Sweden. Razani retells all of her experiences in a very personal text, which reads as if she was sitting next to you talking, and this is illustrated with 2-3 images per page.

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From the mailbag: German trade publications and French-Belgian albums.

From the mailbag: German trade publications and French-Belgian albums.

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