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Comics and Beats featuring Ron Regé Jr. – Flix!

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Check out Frederik Høyer-Christensen’s great photos from the recent comics and beats event in Copenhagen, which featured Ron Regé, Jr., Rasmus Bregnhøi and Christian Skovgaard, with DJ M. Dejean on the 1′s and 2′s and Thomas Thorhauge on the mic. There was even a guest appearance by Thomas Christoffersen, as seen in the set above.

Flickr set here, Facebook stream here.

Comics and Beats in Copenhagen

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Last night saw the first iteration of Comics and Beats in Copenhagen. Presented by the Danish Comics Council in collaboration with the venue, Vega, it united cartoonists Rikke Villadsen, Philip Ytournel and Christoffer Zieler in front of a live audience, drawing to the tunes selected by DJ M. Dejean. The event was very well attended and inspired some fine artwork from those involved. Stay tuned for part two at the end of the month, featuring Ron Regé Jr.

Check out photos from the event at the Comics Council website, courtesy Mads Bluhm.

Politiken and the Mohammed Cartoon: The Wrong Settlement

The following is the official press release from the Danish Comics Council on yesterday’s news of Danish newspaper Politiken‘s settlement with eight Muslim organisations on its publication of the most infamous Mohammed cartoon:

The Danish Comics Council has learned that the Copenhagen daily Politiken has reached a settlement with eight international Muslim organisations representing the descendants of the Prophet Mohammed. In it, Politiken apologises for having offended Muslim sentiments, but not for having published the infamous Bomb in the Turban (which they did in connection with the news of a assasination plot against cartoonist Kurt Westergaard in February 2008).

The Danish Comics Council disapproves of Politiken‘s decision, which we think threatens freedom of speech. Politiken‘s published Westergaard’s cartoon in full accordance with Danish law and press ethics, so there is nothing to apologise for. The risk of feeling offended by an article or a cartoon is, for better or worse, an essential condition in a society with freedom of speech.

By this settlement, Politiken has weathered the threat of a major lawsuit, which the offended party would probably have lost, if it had been heard by a European court, just like we saw it with the lawsuit against the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo for having published the Danish cartoons.

In an interview with his own newspaper, the editor-in-chief at Politiken, Tøger Seidenfaden, says that the settlement “may help ease some of the enduring tensions that have continued popping up.” It is possible that Politiken will succeed in reducing the strain on society posed by this issue in the short term, but at the same time it encourages those opposing freedom of speech in their future endeavours. This is worrying.

The Danish Comics Council hopes that the other Danish newspapers will avoid the temptation of similar settlements in this case. Our freedom of speech is at risk.

Angoulême 2010: The Flix!

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Check in for the official Comics Journal/Metabunker photo reportage from this year’s Angoulême festival. Oh, and peep the Ruppert/Mulot Cent pour Cent show:

This is an awesome photo

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Encapsulates what’s cool about Stan Lee, on several levels.

Taken at this year’s San Diego Con by Henrik Andreasen. I filched it from his convention report. For another telling photo of a great comics personality, and one time collaborator of Lee’s, check this one.

Roskilde Graffiti at 10!

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For ten years now, my man Lars has run the graffiti project at the Roskilde Festival — every year, they gather writers from around the world, who come at their own expense to decorate the walls and barriers around the festival area and parts of the camping grounds, and the quality of the work has long been top notch. It’s a great partnership between the festival and the writers, which gives everyone some great work to look at, instead of the random tagging and throwups of earlier times. A veritable, if discrete, annual arts festival.

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Rapspot and Molotow have documented this year’s walls, while Lars himself has run a bunch of videos from the street art area, as well as a couple of spots, one from the festival’s own web TV channel and one from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The festival itself also has a write-up in both English and Danish. Also, here’s the Bunker’s post from last year.

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Here’s a drink, *ting!*

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More MoCCA! More Mazzucchelli!

Because YOU demanded it: Here are some more flix from last weekends MoCCA Art Festival and the simultaneous opening reception of the must see David Mazzucchelli retrospective exhibition. Immerse yourself in the festive moods! Savour the close-ups of great comic book art! Scroll past the pictures of people you don’t know! Continue reading ‘More MoCCA! More Mazzucchelli!’

The MoCCA Flix (The Mazzucchelli Report)


Set in the huge Manhattan Armoury, this year’s MoCCA festival started off slightly delayed, apparently because a shipment of books arrived too late from the MoCCA building, but never mind: the lines of people waiting to get in continued far around the block for almost the entire day. With (almost!) all kinds of comics represented, the exhibitor’s space sizzled with the electric air of the future.

The day clearly belonged to the Duke of American comics, the great David Mazzucchelli, whose long awaited graphic novel Asterios Polyp debuted at Pantheon’s booth. Saturday evening saw the opening of an almost unbelievably strong retrospective exhibition at MoCCA’s actual museum, curated by Picturebox’s boy wonder Dan Nadel — undoubtedly the absolute highlight of the festival, with original artwork from Batman: Year One, Daredevil: Born Again, Rubber Blanket stories (“Discovering America”, “Big Man”, “Near Miss”), Asterios Polyp and much more.

Although I myself participated in the lively Scandinavian panel discussion, I unfortunately missed all the other panels. Paul Karasik’s show seemed very exciting though. But on with the flix! Continue reading ‘The MoCCA Flix (The Mazzucchelli Report)’

Do you see a prototype? Addendum

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A few days ago, I posted an image of a painting by the Danish artist J. F. Willumsen, hoping you might be able to help trace any source of inspiration he might have drawn upon while painting it, and especially while revising the central figures in 1948 when he painted out the originals from 1888 that had been covered by a star-shaped piece of cardboard for all those decades. Now, for completeness’ sake, the Willumsen museum has sent us an image of the painting before it was reworked.

And again: do not hesitate to contact us, if you have any ideas about its sources. Thanks for reading!

Do you see a prototype? Updated!

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We’ve been asked whether we recognise any comics/cartooning prototypes, or sources of inspiration, for the above-posted picture. We are somewhat at a loss. Can you help us? Please let us know what you think might have inspired the painter, or merely what the image makes you think of.

(I shall refrain from giving more information on the image for a few days, in order to let your associations wander more freely. Thanks for your help!)

UPDATE: Here’s what Anne Gregersen from J. F. Willumsens Museum in Denmark writes:

“The painting is called The Prince’s Wedding and was created by the Danish artist J.F. Willumsen (1863-1958). There’s a sixty-year span between different parts of the painting: It was first painted in 1888. After a severe criticism by the establishment and by a leading art critic, Willumsen chose to cover the central figures of the painting with a star-shaped piece of black paper. In 1948 he began a radical modification of the work. He cut out the part of the canvas covered by the star-shaped piece of paper and inserted new canvas there, as well as on the left side of the painting. And he then repainted the central figures in a completely different style, which may have been inspired by contemporary comics like Flash Gordon, Prince Valiant, Superman and Batman. Or movies like The Wizard of Oz or Robin Hood. On May 13th, the J.F. Willumsen Museum is opening an exhibition about this work, and we are very interested in hearing what kind of associations the painting brings to your mind.” Continue reading ‘Do you see a prototype? Updated!’

Dansk Tegneserieråds Stiftende Generalforsamling — Flix & Dækning


Efter den stiftende generalforsamling i Dansk Tegneserieråd i torsdags var den nyvalgte formand, Bunkerens egen T. Thorhauge i Deadline på DR2. Her er hans samtale med Kurt Strand — en fin opsummering af rådets tanker og ambitioner.

Deadlines introduktion til interviewet kan ses nedenfor. De originale links kan findes her og her. Læs i øvrigt også Politikens dækning af begivenheden, med kommentarer fra formand Thorhauge og bestyrelsesmedlemmer Ulf Reese Næsborg & Marianne Eskebæk Larsen her.
Continue reading ‘Dansk Tegneserieråds Stiftende Generalforsamling — Flix & Dækning’

Angoulême 2009: The Flix!

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Check in here, for the spectacle that is the Bunker’s photo reportage from the Angoulême festival.

Above: Chris Ware signing at the Angoulême booth.

Angoulême 2009: FLIX!

See them all:
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Angoulême 2009: Menu & “Misfits”


As our patient reader surely expects, the Bunker crew knows how to pick its spot — L’Association’s Lapin release party seemed kind of dull until L’Asso-boss Jean-Christophe Menu exploded in the basement, performing several covers of Misfits punk classics! The Bunker is proud to present its very own (and, alas, unfortunately very short) YouTube clip documenting a slice of the central event — X-Ray Spex’ “I’m a Cliché” — this Friday night at Angoulême (look closer for the Bunker’s own Metabaron rocking back and forth in the background).

Note: This entry has been corrected to reflect punk reality.

Søren’s Goodbye

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Our man Frederik Høyer-Chr. was in the place to be at the reception held at historic Copenhagen comics/SF/games store Fantask on the occasion of co-founder Søren Pedersen’s retirement, this past friday. Check out his photos if you weren’t there — or if you were — and especially if you’ve never been. It’s a pretty unique place — the second-oldest of its kind still in existence (the oldest if you consider Lambiek’s short period of closure), and an obvious destination for any SF or comics fan travelling to Copenhagen.