Archive for May, 2016

Crowded at the grand opening of the Comic Art School’s exhibition.

Crowded at the grand opening of the Comic Art School's exhibition.

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Getting ready for the grand opening of the Comic Art School’s yearly exhibition. See you at 17.00!

Getting ready for the grand opening of the Comic Art School's yearly exhibition. See you at 17.00!

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Review: Palimpsest

PalimpsestPalimpsest by Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Palimpsest is an autobiographical graphic novel about a Swede who was adopted from Korea searching for her origins. Sjöblom has previously made shorter comics and illustrated children’s books, but this is her first full-length graphic novel.

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Swedish comics artist Mattias Elftorp talks about the international comics festival AltCom at the Comic Art School.

Swedish comics artist Mattias Elftorp talks about the international comics festival AltCom at the Comic Art School.

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Finnish comics artist Harri Filppa talks about the Oulu comics festival at the Comics Art School.

Finnish comics artist Harri Filppa talks about the Oulu comics festival at the Comics Art School.

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Comics artist William Rasoanaivo (Pov) from Madagaskar/Mauritius gives a lecture at the Comic Art School.

Comics artist William Rasoanaivo (Pov) from Madagaskar/Mauritius gives a lecture at the Comic Art School.

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At a major exhibition with original art and sketches by the incredible Sven Nordqvist! Well worth a visit.

At a major exhibition with original art and sketches by the incredible Sven Nordqvist! Well worth a visit.

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Review: Partydrottningen

PartydrottningenPartydrottningen by Patrik Rochling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Scriptwriter Patrick Rochling and comics artist Li Österberg keep adding to their low-key but extensive book series about a fictional Sweden. First out was Johannasviten (the Johanna series), five graphic novels which were later collected in one volume. Right now they are in the midst of creating a trilogy that follows another character, Eliana, who in the first volume, Gasraketen, was a child in the 80s, and now in the second, Partydrottningen (The Party Queen), is a teenager in the 90s.

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German comics artist Paula Bulling, current artist in residence in Malmö, gives a lecture at the Comic Art School.

German comics artist Paula Bulling, current artist in residence in Malmö, gives a lecture at the Comic Art School.

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Mikael Tegebjer from the syndicate Bulls talks about strip comics at the Comic Art School.

Mikael Tegebjer from the syndicate Bulls talks about strip comics at the Comic Art School.

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The incredibly thick 17th yearbook of the Comic Art School is here!

The incredibly thick 17th yearbook of the Comic Art School is here!

Is it really the 17th book since we started the Comic Art School? I made sure we created a yearbook that very first year, i.e. 1999/2000, otherwise there would not have been an impetuous for making sure there was one each and every year. Now it would feel incredibly wrong to break this winning streak. But 17… That’s a long time, and many new comics artists that have been presented to the general public throughout the years.

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Portrait by Matt Madden, with me as the character in his incredible 99 Ways to tell a Story: Exercises in Style.

Portrait by Matt Madden, with me as the character in his incredible 99 Ways to tell a Story: Exercises in Style.

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Some of the loot from this year’s edition of Stockholm International Comics Festival.

Some of the loot from this year's edition of Stockholm International Comics Festival.

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Portrait by the inimitable Max Andersson.

Portrait by the inimitable Max Andersson.

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Szymon Holcman talks about Polish comics history. #sis16 #seriefestivalen

Szymon Holcman talks about Polish comics history.

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Right now at the presentation of Polish comics history, at Stockholm International Comics Festival.

Right now at the presentation of Polish comics history, at Stockholm International Comics Festival.

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Swedish comics artist Sara Granér being interviewed on stage, at Stockholm international Comics Festival.

Swedish comics artist Sara Granér being interviewed on stage, at Stockholm international Comics Festival.

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Good company!

Good company!

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The inaugural ceremony of the Stockholm International Comics Festival, Rutu Modan presenting.

The inaugural ceremony of the Stockholm International Comics Festival, Rutu Modan presenting.

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Aaand… we’re off! Matt Madden is giving a Master Class to the students of the Comic Art School of Malmö.

Aaand... we're off! Matt Madden is giving a Master Class to the students of the Comic Art School of Malmö.

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Review: Jamilti and Other Stories

Jamilti and Other StoriesJamilti and Other Stories by Rutu Modan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great collection of early stories by Rutu Modan. I read most of them in the anthologies that her collective Actus Tragicus put out in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but rereading them in one go puts them all together and shows the development of a great comics artists, on her way to creating the intriguing graphic novel Exit Wounds.

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One of the smallest pieces in my collection, by a dearly cherished one.

One of the smallest pieces in my collection, by a dearly cherished one. I'm not a smoker, but I wouldn't have minded trying one of these out.

The Swedish comics character Adamson (Silent sam), featured on a cigar band, made for the German market by what seems to be a French manufacturer. International indeed.

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Review: Exit Wounds

Exit WoundsExit Wounds by Rutu Modan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Re-reading this book in preparation for an artist talk with Modan in a few day, and actually enjoying it more than the first time around. Modan has a way of writing real people doing real things, having real relationships, and you sense that outside of the panels they are actually living real lives. That’s a rare quality in comics, and the closest I can come to something that compares are the graphic novels by Anneli Furmark, which are sadly, so far, not available in English.

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Review: Henriettas monsterbok

Henriettas monsterbokHenriettas monsterbok by Liniers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second book by the Argentinian comics artist artist Liniers in Swedish and just like the previous one, Regnballongen, a wonderful, compassionate, thoughtful little book that is suitable both for those who recently learned to read, and for reading aloud. Read more…

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Review: Benny Björn tänker utanför ramarna

Benny Björn tänker utanför ramarnaBenny Björn tänker utanför ramarna by Philippe Coudray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second collection of the French children’s comics Benjamin Bear/L´ours Barnabé, which is just as strange and at the same time pedagogical as the previous volume. In my review of the first collection Benny Björn på rätt spår I compared this series with the absurd Cowboy Henk, and that impression remains. Fun, unexpectedly drastic and at the same time always with an eye on teaching young readers things about how our world works. So far from dreary educational comics as you can possibly get. Refreshing.

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