Monthly Archive for November, 2009
Regulars here at the Bunker, and most people in Danish comics, may be aware of the establishment earlier this year of the Danish Comics Council — an organisation working to increase the knowledge and appreciation of the comics medium in Denmark. Since I’m a member of the board, I figured I would provide a little update in English about what’s been going on.
Over the past few months, we have been working for the establishment of an officially recognised comics education in Denmark and we are happy to announce that plans for such a programme is underway at the Animation Workshop in Viborg and will hopefully launch next year.
We are also working for the establishment of a comics centre, which simultaneously will serve as an archive, a museum and, more broadly, a cultural institution representing comics to the Danish public. We are seeking to consolidate comics in school curricula as well as an academic discipline, and we have undertaken the registration of all new comics publications and will compile an annotated list in an annual compendium. Continue reading ‘The Danish Comics Council: An Update’
Swedish cartoonist and Donaldist Joakim Gunnarson has acquired what he claims to be a incomplete script by Carl Barks for an Uncle Scrooge story. This should be pretty interesting news to anyone into in the Good Duck Artist, and I for one would love to take a closer look at this document.
Gunnarson describes it in some detail on his blog. He speculates that the story — which involves a trip by a so-called “do-gooders’” club, to which I assume Scrooge belongs, to a tropical island, and wrings satire from their encounter with the native population — would have been a 20-pager and dates to the early 60s, which sounds about right from his outline of the plot. He doesn’t show nearly enough for anyone to be able to judge the document’s authenticity, however. The image he has up is of a document in Barks’ hand and it looks intriguing.
Here’s hoping he will show us more.
Image from “The Status Seeker”, Uncle Scrooge #41, 1963.
As those of you interested in such matters surely know by now, Christie’s London sale of Old Masters and 19th Century Art, December 8, will feature the drawing by Raphael excerpted above. Estimated to fetch £12-16, it will easily break the record for most expensive drawing ever, jointly held by pieces from Michelangelo and Leonardo, which both sold £8.1 in 2000 and 2001, respectively.
It is a pretty astonishing estimate, even for one of the greatest masters of Western art, whose work appears under the gavel only extremely rarely. Not being a specialist, I can only wonder what this says about the market these days, but I will say that it’s a beautiful drawing, even if it is not Raphael at his inventive peak. An auxillary cartoon for his 1510-11 fresco of Parnassus in the Vatican Stanze, it probably supplemented the larger, principal cartoon(s) prepared for the fresco (it shows pouncing marks along the contours, demonstrating that it was used for transfer unto the wall). It reflects rather a state of finalised polish of a slightly rote design than the exhilarating phase of invention where his work tends to crackle with brilliance, with the awareness of life beyond the perfection of his best high-finish drawings.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the sale goes, and as usual we can hope it ends up in a collection accessible to the public, even if its price may preclude that. It should in any case be a exciting sale, including as it does also a long out of view (and if you ask me somewhat rebarbative) late Rembrandt and a large John the Evangelist by Domenichino.