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Review: Spirou 1984-1987

Spirou 1984-1987Spirou 1984-1987 by Tome
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Danish-Swedish publisher Mooz continues the publication of hardcover collections with the classic French children’s comic Spirou. This volume contains three albums from the 1980s by Tome and Janry. This creative team was clearly the heirs to the undisputed master among Spirou artists, André Franquin, both in terms of the art, which has the same expressive, fast paced feel to it, and in the storylines, which are often linked to Franquin’s characters and comics.

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Review: Spirou 1969-1972

Spirou 1969-1972Spirou 1969-1972 by Jean-Claude Fournier
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Danish/Swedish publisher Mooz continues the publication of hardcover collections with the classical French album comic Spirou and Fantasio. This volume contains the first three albums by Franquin’s successor, the then young and inexperienced Jean-Claude Fournier. Taking over after the recognized master was surely no easy task and both art and storytelling are quite clunky at first, but gradually gets better.

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Review: Superhästen

SuperhästenSuperhästen by Emmanuel Guibert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ariol is quickly becoming my favourite children’s comic. Guibert constantly delivers scripts that really feel like they depicts the reality of children, as opposed to all those stories about children, written by adults from a safe distance. In this volume, for instance, I loved the little story of how the hesitant Ariol tries hard to impress the resolute and confident girl he loves, or the one about the obsession of collecting cards that can transcend generational gaps.

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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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Review: Framtidens Arab 1 and 2

I recently wrote a review of the two first volumes of Riad Sattouf´s masterpiece L’Arabe du future for the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. It can now be found in its digital form here.

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Review: Mannen som sköt Lucky Luke

Mannen som sköt Lucky LukeMannen som sköt Lucky Luke by Matthieu Bonhomme
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first album in what is likely to be a series of “extraordinary adventure” with Lucky Luke, probably inspired by the successful book series with independent, more experimental comics with Spirou and Fantasio. The latter are often enjoyable, albeit of varying quality, depending on who the publisher chooses to invite to play with these classic characters. It was therefore with some hope, but also a certain amount of trepidation that I started reading this first volume.

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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: 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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Ok, so maybe I’m obsessing a bit much about this book…

Ok, so maybe I'm obsessing a bit much about this book...

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Review: Blå är den varmaste färgen

Blå är den varmaste färgenBlå är den varmaste färgen by Julie Maroh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book that I looked forward to reading, not least after it won the Audience award in Angoulême a few years ago. And maybe I had set my hopes too high, for I was not as smitten as I expected to be. Sure, it’s a strong story and I was really touched by several scenes, but at the same time the history feels a bit too predictable as if it was written after a preset schedule where the author checks the right boxes along the way. And the relationships are also a little too stereotypical for my taste. The end felt slightly rushed, and the long jump in time that takes place does not feel completely justified. Even the pictures feels a bit tentative, but this at least fits the story of this insecure teenager.

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Ola Skogäng in the Swedish booth.

Ola Skogäng in the Swedish booth.

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One of many things I’m proud of from this year’s Angoulême project: the bag with art by Liv Strömquist, made to provoke the French audience.

One of many things I'm proud of from this year's Angoulême project: the bag with art by Liv Strömquist, made to provoke the French audience.

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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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A beautiful portrait of André Franquin, by Jije.

A beautiful portrait of André Franquin, by Jije.

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Had to revisit the Franquin exhibition today. It’s just around the corner… Anyway, this time I spent most time in the section with self portraits. Here’s an early one.

Had to revisit the Franquin exhibition today. It's just around the corner... Anyway, this time I spent most time in the section with self portraits. Here's an early one.

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Me and my hero. A portrait. #andrefranquin #gaston #bandedessinee

Me and my hero. A portrait.

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A wall with self-portraits by the master André Franquin.

A wall with self-portraits by the master André Franquin.

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