Tag Archive for 'Mårdøn Smet'

Radio Rackham: Richard Corben

Den seneste episode af Radio Rackham er en hyldest til den store tegner og fortæller Richard Corben, der døde i begyndelsen af december sidste år. Thomas Thorhauge og Frederik Storm har de to eminente tegnere Mårdøn Smet og Peter Snejbjerg — begge Corben-afficionados om en hals — i studiet til en diskussion om, hvad det præcis er, der gør Corben til en ener og til en stor kunstner. Det er der kommet en spændende og oplysende samtale ud af — lyt her og læs mere på Nummer9:

Danish Comics of the Year 2017

A little late this year perhaps, but I’ve now contributed my selection of last year’s best Danish comics to Paul Gravett’s annual international year in review feature. Go check out his full list, with the first part here and the second here, or peep my choices right here: Continue reading ‘Danish Comics of the Year 2017′

Fiesta i Informeren

Forside til Fiesta nr. 4 af Peter Kielland efter koncept af Mårdøn Smet

On a roll here! Denne gang i Informations bogtillæg er det tegneserieantologien Fiesta-Magasinet, redigeret af Mårdøn Smet, Peter Kielland og Johan F. Krarup, der tages under kritisk behandling af jeres egen. Hvem skulle have troet at et koncept og format, der hørte halvfemsernes undergrund til skulle gå hen og levere noget af det bedste i dansk tegneserie lige nu? Hop over paywallen og læs.

PS — mere om forsiden ovenfor på Peter Kiellands blog.

Danish Comic of the Year 2012

As he does every year, Paul Gravett has rounded up proposals for the best national comics of the year from an international panel of experts. This time around, he asked us to name just one comic rather than several, as we usually do — not everyone followed this direction, but I did. Here’s my pick, but do go to Paul’s site for the entire list.

Stig & Martha
by Mårdøn Smet
Aben Maler

This slim, tall tome collects one of the hidden gems of Danish comics of the past twenty years. Since it first saw the light of day in the seminal anthology magazine Fahrenheit in 1992, Mårdøn Smet’s (e)scathological gag strip has led a liminal and rather intermittent existence in Danish comics, providing small revelations for the intrepid few. Now a wider, if still discerning, audience gets the chance with this near-complete collection. Smet has jettisoned a few early efforts and redrawn a few others in glorious watercolour, fashioning a seamless whole of what was always a shatter of fragments.

Eponymously titled, the strip centers on two characters: short and tall, male and female, ambitious and sensitive, rational and emotional. In Smet’s hands, this classic formula becomes a vehicle for sacred reflection through profane humor. Smet’s line was built as a pastiche on Dutch masters Fred Julsing and Daan Jippes, but has long transcended its paragons to become an almost cryptogtaphic idiom, where buoyant dynamism is encoded in multitudinous swoops and curls. An embodiment of the failure of language, appropriately set in pantomime – everybody can read it, if they are willing to brave the line. Smet himself describes it as a kind of ‘waste product’, the art shed by his despair. It is grim, but very human, centering on irrepressible if always vain aspiration. Tense and beautiful.

Here’s a preview:

For previous lists, here are mine from 2009, 2010, and 2011.