Saturday, August 24, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Daniel Clowes with his mom, I knew he was the nice guy!
If you are somewhere in the USA within the next three months you are ordered by this blog to attend the big Daniel Clowes retrospective at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
If you are not, you can checketh out this great series of photos on Flickr from the opening
It must be something special for Clowes to have a major retrospective in the town he grew up in, especially if you remember the hilarious (but not exactly flattering) description of ol' Chi-town he presented in Eightball no.7
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 www.tegneseriefreak.dk
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
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Looks like a pattern is beginning to emerge...
I'm talking about our new series here at Plopish! - Premium Panels, and the question of what it is that attracts me to these selected slices of the narrative stream we now know as "the comic book".
It must be...
Yes, and no better example than the panel above, taken from Ambassador of the Shadows, volume six of Christin and Mezieres legendary Sci-fi saga of two space agents from the future world of Galaxity, Valentin and Laureline.
Ambassador of the shadows has always been my favourite from the series, maybe because it is set in what is basically a multi-dimensional metropolis: Point Central (I actually prefer the name used in the Danish language version: "The Navel")
Around Point Central you can travel both up-down, in-out, left-right, and of course also in time and other dimensions, as Valentin and Laureline discover at the end of the story. Since Point Central is conceived as a meeting place for all races of the universe, it is bereft with endless pleasures, dangers, wonders and maladies, very much like our own metropolises here on Earth.
I'm not going to elaborate on Pierre Christin's skills at constructing a both complex, exciting and compelling story, which includes replacing the traditional element of the male hero at the very beginning of the story ("traditional" as in: dating back to Homer's The Odyssey), nor will I add too many precious lines heralding the sombre colour spaces and slinky lines of J-C Méziéres superior drawings.
Because what we're talking about here is that one remarkable panel:
Laureline is searching for Earth's ambassador and Valentin, kidnapped by mysterious thugs.Accompanied by Colonel Diol (vice-officer of Protocols, and generally useless...), she travels from cell to cell, encountering not only some highly peculiar beings, but also passing through some truly breathtaking places, like the one in the panel.
A term for these sceneries is not easy to find - "space city scapes"?.. but this particular image really caught my imagination as a teenage boy back in the 1970's, not only because of J-C Méziéres talent for creating designs that were both futuristic and organic, but mainly because of the whole idea that a construction (Point Central) could be so large that inside of it were structures of super-gigantic proportions, in fact: so large that the space between them seemed to just recede into motionless darkness. Empty space. In empty space...
And that's what Art can do, not?
(and: Point Central had a Red Light district, equally mind blowing!)