Sunday, June 9, 2013

After last weekend's exhausting coverage of Copenhagen Comics 2013, it must be acceptable to spend this weekend cosying up in your most comfortable IKEA chair, iPad resting warmly on your wiener...and relax with an excellent R.Crumb interview found in prestigious litterary magazine The Paris Review

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

 This week's Premium Panels deal with the timeless issues of law, order and government!

And who could better illustrate this than one of the all time giants of comic book art: Jean "Moebius" Giraud...the above panel taken from one of his greatest creations: The Incal (or "John Difool" as it was known here in Denmark)

Facing a huge (and victorious..) army of rebels, the President of Earth (a decadent buffoon) has resolved to the "ultimate weapon",  allowing the evil Technos technicians to transform him from his humanoid body into: The Necroprobe! - a giant flying saucer bristling with ray guns, atomic mines and other hardware of death and demolition.

The Necroprobe is the embodiment of steel willed and uncompromising authority. Accountable to no-one, it  turns buildings and enemies into ashes in split-seconds, accompanied by the cheerful voice of the president, lauding the immense power of his new mechanical "body" while mocking the poor puny rebels who fall like toy-soldiers when facing the hyper-efficiency of this perfect police-machine, -  a destroyer of worlds...

Moebius/ Giraud has masterfully depicted The Necroprobe in a style reminiscent of nineteenth-century illustration with some inspiration from
Japanese woodcuts and Fritz Lang's Metropolis ,  turning the mayhem and murder into a fascinating scenery that is both horrifying, terrifying. And beautiful...

Fun!, Entertainment!, Law and Order!

- and ART!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Copenhagen Comics 2013 is over, but you can relive (or discover) those magic days here in the red hot photo report from the Plopish! team

 Xaime Hernandez being interviewed.

Hernandez would talk about his art and how he got started as a comic book artist.
Considering his immense contribution to comic books as an art form, he was a surprisingly modest and down-to-earth person.

Ping Award winner Mårdøn Smet (left) gets in the ring with Nummer 9 blogger, Thomas Berger

Working the digiboard

German comic book artist Anke Feuchtenberger did this impressive live painting in just a few hours.

...and was later interviewed

- as was Danish comic book artist (left) Stine Spedsbjerg

Manvir Singh,  preparing to answer my penetrating questions about his The Evolutionist's Doodlebook

Estonian and Finnish comic book artist's share a stand. Comics have been booming in the Baltic countries for a number of years, fortunately helped along by low costs on colour printing.

Danish comic book artist Mikkel Sommer talks to Nummer 9's Cav Bøgelund about his latest release, a collaboration with renowned author and film script writer Kim Fupz Aakeson

high spirits at comics collective and publishers Ondskabens Flydende Vatikan

relaxed attitudes at comics collective Kulkælderen
Simon Bukhave (center, red shirt) has a show coming up at MOHS Exhibit gallery (september 2013)

Johan N Pedersen signing one of his self-published albums, he has more than sixty titles to offer!

security was tight, handled by a reputable out-of-town contractor.

You are never too old for comics

- or too young

strange...can't remember taking that photo, the camera must have gone off by accident!

 and last, but not least - the "pick-ups"...

Since I arrived early at the con, I had a chance to find stuff while the sellers where still setting up shop, and I gets me the rare and expensive Danish language version of John Difool nr. 5, at 1/3 of the going price! (yes, bottom corner is missing, but hey...), found at the stand run by Pegasus

Xaime Hernandez was signing later on, and I wanted him to sign one of the first Danish language L&R titles (called Mekanix), and managed to pick one up (worn and with some ball pen writing inside, but HEY!) found at an incredible 15 DKR at the stand run by

I decided to pass over on the more expensive, hardbound stuff from the bigger publishers and instead browse around the many interesting "independent" stands, looking to pick up something rare and unusual.

Well, more about this later, for now I say goodbye and a big thanks to Copenhagen Comics for a great and well-organized event!

to be continued

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Attention all comic fans! - don't forget Copenhagen Comics festival this weekend!

and you'll find me checking out Xaime Hernandez, today Saturday, Area "A" at 15:00 - 16:00 hours (and queing up to have my arm signed by Hernandez just after that)