Archive for March, 2016

Review: Linda & Valentin: Samlade äventyr 5

Linda & Valentin: Samlade äventyr 5Linda & Valentin: Samlade äventyr 5 by Pierre Christin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The fifth collection of the classic French science fiction comic Valerian, with comics from the late 1980s and early 1990s. The stories in this volume follows the two space-time agents during a period where the future Earth from which they came has ceased to exist, and they are struggling to survive without many of the technological advantages they have been used to.

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Review: Lilla Berlin – Leva life

Lilla Berlin - Leva lifeLilla Berlin – Leva life by Ellen Ekman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The third collection with Ellen Ekman’s comic strip Little Berlin (Little Berlin), and it is evident that Ekman has developed the strip, making it more diverse and allowing for more development of the various characters. It is still biting satire of our times and the world of a younger, urban Swedish generation. At the same time, it is a bit repetitive and sometimes too chatty in the dialogue. While reading, it becomes clear that these comics were designed to be read one by one in a newspaper, and overall it gets a bit too much and I needed to pause and read on later, as I got a little tired of the concept.

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Review: Conquistador 1

Conquistador 1Conquistador 1 by Jean Dufaux
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The first part of an album series in the historical adventure genre, set in the early 1500s, during the Spanish conquest of South America. The main character is part of a group of mercenaries who are assigned the task of stealing the fabled treasure of the Aztecs.

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Review: Regnballongen

RegnballongenRegnballongen by Liniers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

This is a low-key story of two young siblings who spend a Saturday together, trying to busy themselves, despite the rain falling outside. Nothing much happens and the pace is quiet and laid-back, which is really nice for a change from many action laden comics for adults.

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Review: Benny Björn på rätt spår

Benny Björn på rätt spårBenny Björn på rätt spår by Philippe Coudray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Benjamin Bear is a strange little comic, a bit like a childrens’ version of the absurd Cowboy Henk , if anyone can imagine that… The protagonist is an anthropomorphic bear living in an undefined world seemingly without any humans. The comics spans one page each and always end with a joke, even though the path there often contains some kind of lesson about how the physical world works. At the same time, it is absurd on an almost metaphysical level, as everything seems to be possible in Benjamin Bear’s strange world. The images are simple and clear, and the comics are clearly geared towards the youngest readers. As such, I think Benjamin Bear is excellent in that it combines didactic intentions with a great sense of humor and some pure nonsense.

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Review: Osynliga händer

Osynliga händerOsynliga händer by Ville Tietäväinen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An extremely strong reading experience about a young Moroccan who is forced away from his little family to try to earn money in Europe. The Finn Tietäväinen takes his time to let us get to know the main character and his reality so that the reader really cares about what will happen to him, and he has also spent a lot of time doing research on the Moroccans’ situation, both domestically and in Spain, where many of them get stuck, more or less as slaves in various shady industries.

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A Japanese copy of a German figurine, based on a Swedish character, sold as a souvenir from Lincoln, Nebraska…

Ok, so a Japanese copy of a German figurine, based on a Swedish character, sold as a souvenir from Lincoln, Nebraska...

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Finding my old traveling exhibition Swedish Comics History displayed in my own neck of the woods. Haven’t seen it for years. Nice!

Finding my old traveling exhibition Swedish Comics History displayed in my own neck of the woods. Haven't seen it for years. Nice!

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Best Swedish Graphic novels 2015

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As per tradition, I have chosen and presented what I think were the best Swedish graphic novels from last year, for the international summing up of the year at Paul Gravett’s webpage. This year, I chose three very different books, which just goes to show how varied the Swedish comics culture has become.

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I suddenly stumbled upon a parody of myself, in the latest volume of Daniel Ahlgren superhero pastiche SH3.

I suddenly stumbled upon a parody of myself, in the latest volume of Daniel Ahlgren superhero pastiche SH3.

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Review: Passio

PassioPassio by Daniel Ahlgren
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The fourth volume of Daniel Ahlgren’s Swedish pastiche of the decidedly American superhero genre. The story picks up where the last volume ended, with a cosmic threat in the form of giant “passion leeches” which the heroes have to stop, on all parallel worlds.

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At the Grand opening of the exhibition Serier & film.

At the Grand opening of the exhibition Serier & film.

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The hanging of the exhibition Serier & film (Comics & movies)

The hanging of the exhibition Serier & film (Comics & movies), which will have its grand opening tonight.

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Wohoo!

Wohoo!

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Coco Moodysson gives a lecture at the Comic Art School

Coco Moodysson lectures at the Comic Art School.

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