Tag Archive for 'Stine Spedsbjerg'

Radio Rackham: Tegnerne taler

I vores anden episode fra årets Bogforum bringer vi nu Thorhauges samtale med tre af tidens mest markante avistegnere, Maren Uthaug, Gitte Skov og Stine Spedsbjerg alias Stinestregen. Som man kan forvente med TT bag mikrofonen er det en livlig og alsidig samtale, der også runder nogle af de mere vanskelige spørgsmål det, at tegne ens samtid opstiller. Lyt her og læs mere på Nummer9.

Radio Rackham: StineStregen og Line Jensen

Så er vi klar igen med et afsnit at Radio Rackham. Denne gang har Frederik og Thomas interviewet to af Danmarks populæreste tegnere, Stine Spedsbjerg alias StineStregen og Line Jensen, om at tegne fra eget liv på social medier, og at pleje følgere og tilpasse liv, kunst og kommers. Læs mere på Nummer9 her og check det ud!

The New Chairman

Passing the mantle: Thomas Thorhauge and Stine Spedsbjerg at the Danish Comics Council general assembly in March

It happened a few weeks ago, but I figured I should still note it here: we have a new chairman, or rather chairwoman, of the Danish Comics Council. Elected at the general assembly on 18 March, Stine Spedsbjerg succeeds my pal Thomas Thorhauge who had decided to step down. Stine is a successful online cartoon diarist and earns her keep in advertising. She’s enormously enterprising and resourceful — I can’t think of a better person to take over.

The Danish Comics Council was founded in 2009. I was part of the founding group along with a diverse group of comics professionals, and have sat on the board since. Considering that we have had no funding apart from the annual fee paid by members, it’s been a productive five years: we’ve had a hand in the establishment of a state-approved cartoonist’s programme (BA, ‘graphic storytelling’) at the Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark — the first of its kind in Denmark; we’ve managed to place the semi-private Comics Museum archive with a state-recognized institution, the Storm P. Museum in Copenhagen, which secures it for the future in terms of preservation, collection, expansion, research and facilitation; we’ve created an comics award, the Ping, given annually to cartoonists in a number of categories; we’ve undertaken annual registration of all comics published in Denmark, published annually in a small compendium; we’ve arranged two conferences at the University of Copenhagen, one of which helped stimulate the establishment of the Nordic Network for Comics Research (NNCORE): we’ve partnered with the ambitious Danish comics biennial Copenhagen Comics; we’ve brought comics to wide audiences through live cartooning and other activities; and quite a lot more.

While Thomas takes a well-deserved breather (though remaining at the Council’s board), there is plenty for Stine to get up to. The Comics Council is still essentially an unfunded organisation and other affiliated groups such as Copenhagen Comics will also depend on more steady sources of funding to survive — the hope is eventually to secure larger, ongoing partnerships with possible patrons, as well as with the Danish State to help secure an institutional infrastructure for Danish comics in the future. And I know Stine also has ambitions for preaching the comics gospel to a much wider audience than is currently the case.

Here’s to the next half-decade!

Photo: Henrik Conradsen