Archive for December, 2016

Sometimes the parcels containing comics sent to me also has to be preserved and kept in the library

Ibland måste även paketen som seriena anländer i bevaras i mitt bibliotek./Sometimes the parcels containing comics sent to me also has to be preserved and kept in the library.

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New issue!

New issue/nytt nummer! #bild&bubbla

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Another great portrait, this time by Pelle Forshed, done between signings in the Swedish booth at SoBD. #sobd #comics #bd #paris #swedishcomics

Another great portrait, this time by Pelle Forshed, done between signings in the Swedish booth at SoBD.

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Review: Spirou – Den kompletta samlingen 1988-1991

Spirou – Den kompletta samlingen 1988-1991Spirou – Den kompletta samlingen 1988-1991 by Tome
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The classic Belgian album series Spirou and Fantasia was created in the 1930s and since then a number of different comics artists have shouldered the responsibility of creating this humorous adventure comic. After a number of years when the series was less artistically interesting, the creative duo of Tome (Philippe Tome) & Janry (Jean-Richard Geurts) took over the reins in the early 1980s and restored the comic to its former glory, and not at least made it more contemporary. This volume contains four of their best albums, in which the two adventurers and journalists travel around the globe.

The most interesting story is set in in Russia just after the Berlin Wall fell. A story that despite or perhaps because of the humorous tone and the caricatured style, really feels like a historical document about this now long lost era.

As for the art, Tome & Janry have here really hit their stride with their modern take of the classical Marcinelle style. This volume is complemented by a long preface that puts the comics in their historical contexts and also contains an abundance of photos, alternate covers, illustrations and other interesting material.

Entertaining, well-made comics, which despite the humorous adventure genre often contains serious themes.

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A great portrait by the ever charming Justin Hall, from when he was staying at our house and teaching at the Comic Art School.

A great portrait by the ever charming Justin Hall, from when he was staying at our house and teaching at the Comic Art School.

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More signings in the Swedish booth. Day three and the interest in Swedish comics is still high. #sobd #bd #swedishcomics #paris

More signings in the Swedish booth. Day three and the interest in Swedish comics is still high.

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Signing at the Swedish booth.

Signing at the Swedish booth.

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A Jaques Tati inspired cafe, where the owner played traditional Swedish singer songwriter tunes, and danced around in a bright red wig. Psychedelic. Paris delivers!

A Jaques Tati inspired cafe, where the owner played traditional Swedish singer songwriter tunes, and danced around in a bright red wig. Psychedelic. Paris delivers!

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SoBD, one of the nicest comics festivals I’ve ever visited.

SoBD, one of the nicest comics festivals I've ever visited.

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Media attention is focused on the Swedish comics booth.

Media attention is focused on the Swedish comics booth.

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And finally, the third panel, on Swedish female comics artist. Here you can tell that I’m starting to get tired, after having been on stage for three hours straight…

And finally, the third panel, on Swedish female comics artist. Here you can tell that I'm starting to get tired, after having been on stage for three hours straight...

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The second panel on Swedish contemporary comics, with Maria Ridelberg-Lemoine translating all our jumbled answers into beautiful French.

The second panel on Swedish contemporary comics, with Maria Ridelberg-Lemoine translating all our jumbled answers into beautiful French.

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The first panel on Swedish comics, with the fantastic Philippe Morin as moderator.

The first panel on Swedish comics, with the fantastic Philippe Morin as moderator.

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Part of the Swedish comics exhibition at SoBD.

Part of the Swedish comics exhibition at SoBD.

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Introducing Swedish comics to the Parisian audience.

Introducing Swedish comics to the Parisian audience.

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Trying to visit the legendary bookstore Un Regard Moderne, which has opened again after the tragic death of its owner.

Trying to visit the legendary bookstore Un Regard Moderne, which has opened again after the tragic death of its owner.

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Hilding Sandgren and Anneli Furmark signing in the Swedish booth at SoBD.

Hilding Sandgren and Anneli Furmark signing in the Swedish booth at SoBD.

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Second day with SoBD, at the very center of Paris.

Second day with SoBD, at the very center of Paris.

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Finally arrived at SoBD. The Swedish booth right up front!

Finally arrived at SoBD. The Swedish booth right up front!

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Knut Larsson improvises a sign for the Swedish booth at SoBD.

Knut Larsson improvises a sign for the Swedish booth at SoBD.

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The Eisner Award nominated comics artist Justin Hall, giving a lecture at the Comic Art School of Malmö.

The Eisner Award nominated comics artist Justin Hall, giving a lecture at the Comic Art School of Malmö.

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