Monthly Archive for March, 2009

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Watchmen Resources — Updated!

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Your picks of the week this week will be all Watchmen. Just in case you’re not already fed up. (Sorry!)

  • Reviews of the film. I basically read two stand-out reviews: A. O. Scott’s for the New York Times and Tom Spurgeon’s at the Comics Reporter. For a really asinine and ill-informed one, check out Anthony Lane at The New Yorker, but make sure to chase it with Jeet Heer’s commentary.
  • Watchmen Roundtable from Fantasy Advertiser #100 (1988). Great interview with the creators, hot off the runaway hit that was Watchmen, the comic book series!
  • What is Watchmen About? A plethora of comics critics and readers try to answer a deceptively simple question, asked by Tom Spurgeon. Also, this criticism of Watchmen by Steven Grant is excellent.
  • The Annotated Watchmen. I remember these old, extensive annotations by Doug Atkinson as being fairly useful. Check them out.
  • Saturday Morning Watchmen. Picth-perfect. A must-see!
  • Hype: Future Shorts at Gloria

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    For our Danish readers. This coming Tuesday and Wednesday will see a number of shortfilm screenings under the Future Shorts umbrella at Gloria, City Hall Square, Copenhagen. The programme includes works by such greats as Kaige Chen and Abbas Kiarostami, acting as locomotives for a bunch of films by emerging directors, one of which is Bunker friend Ada Bligaard Søbye whose remarkable “Black Heart” will be shown.

    Likeness of Leonardo?

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    Last weekend, the discovery of what is claimed to be a new Leonardo drawing was announced on Italian TV. With the help of digital imaging, it has emerged from behind the text of the “Codex on the Flight of Birds”, held at Turin. The proud discoverers suggest that it is actually a partial self-portrait, citing its likeness with the famous so-called Self-Portrait of Leonardo (we actually do not know who it depicts), also at Turin. The likeness is striking and its appearance on an original a manuscript sure makes it sound bona fide.

    There is every reason to be sceptical, however. Continue reading ‘Likeness of Leonardo?’

    Hype: Impera et Divide

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    Once again, it’s time to hype Charlottesville here at the Bunker. Wish I could be there for this one — Impera et Divide at the Second Street Gallery, featuring Frédéric Coché, Ae-Rim Lee, André Lemos, Ilan Manouach, Andrei Molotiu and Fabio Zimbres. Opening reception of Friday at 6 and it runs till April 25.

    Hype: Continental Drift

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    Allow me briefly to toot my own horn: This month’s issue of The Comics Journal (#296) sees the debut of my regular column on European comics, “Continental Drift.” (More importantly, it also has interviews with Lynda Barry, Dash Shaw, Frank Quitely, Mike Luckovich and David Hajdu!).

    I guess it’s inevitably my attempt at filling the big shoes left by Bart Beaty, whose “Eurocomics for Beginners” ran in the magazine for years and as a whole must be counted as one of the seminal early texts on the New Wave of European comics of the 90s (which led to his fine book on the subject). Wish me luck…

    The picture above is one of the colour pages from the comic of the year, Emmanuel Guibert’s La Guerre d’Alan volume 3, which was also published in English by First Second, but unfortunately in drab grey tones.

    Danske Tegneserieskaberes fonds første uddeling

    danske_tegneserieskabere_logo.jpgForeningen Danske Tegneserieskabere har netop for første gang uddelt af de midler, foreningen gennem årene har modtaget i form af CopyDan-penge fra danske tegneserieudgivelser efter fondsmodel i stedet for den tidligere benyttede “beløbet-divideret-med-antallet-af-medlemmer-og-uddelt-til-selv-samme.”

    Tremandsudvalget, der bestod af Peter Kielland, Lars Horneman og Jan Kjær uddelte i alt kr. 345.000 i denne omgang — efter sigende et særligt højt beløb, da der ikke har været uddelinger af nogen art i flere år. Modtagerne kan ses på Foreningens hjemmeside.

    Bunkeren ønsker dem alle tillykke og held og lykke med arbejdet!

    Picks of the Week

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    The picks of the week from around the web.

  • Bloomberg: “In Geithner We Trust Eludes Treasury as Market Fails to Recover.” Interesting critical portrait of Timothy Geithner, the US Secretary of the Treasury, by Yalman Onaran and Michael McKee.
  • Cold Heat. Ben Jones and Frank Santoro have put the first four issues of their currently-paused comic online for your reading pleasure. I’m really looking forward to reading this once it comes out in its full-length, collected glory
  • ASIFA: Milton Caniff Steve Canyon originals. Everyone has linked to this already, but these reproductions from the original strips are just too scrumptious to pass up.
  • Rindal RIP

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    Rindalismens fader er død. Hvil i fred. Lad os mindes det sunde i hans skepticisme ved at læse denne topgrinern artikel af Camilla Stockmann.

    Her er et af stridens æbler fra dengang, og et interview med kunstneren:
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    Portrætfoto: Carsten Ingemann, nappet fra nekrologen, linket ovenfor.