International posts

A Bustling Belgian at BICS Birmingham, UK – part 2

Posted by on October 22nd, 2010 at 1:31 AM

One of the higlights of BICS (read the first part of my report right here) was talking to Yuri Kore, a talented manga artist who is Korean and lives in the UK. She won the Manga Jiman competition

A Bustling Belgian at BICS Birmingham, UK – part 1

Posted by on October 19th, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Having just gotten back from BICS, the Birmingham comics convention, you’ll see a few british comics pop up here over the course of the following weeks. Visiting BICS itself was a sobering experience though.

Having informed myself beforehand, BICS

Being Gone With Ephameron

Posted by on October 15th, 2010 at 1:29 AM

Eva Cardon, better known to the outside world as Ephameron, wears many faces, artistically speaking: illustrator, webdesigner, photographer and freelance artist. Already proven herself in the small press market with her screen printed art zines and art books featuring

Sexy Stuff from Long Ago

Posted by on October 13th, 2010 at 9:12 AM
Wednesday mausoleum: Oh, Cigarette Girl, and other hot items from before your granddad's day

Autumn Harvest in Sweden

Posted by on October 12th, 2010 at 4:49 AM
Autumn is here and with it, the onslaught of books which always appears after the lull in publishing throughout the summer months. Quite a lot of interesting things made its début at the recent big Book Fair in Gothenburg, and

Gone

Posted by on October 1st, 2010 at 12:33 AM

Gone recounts the story of a troubled young woman, writing a children’s book. Little Fox and Bear meet at a fixed place in the parc, at a bench, and asking questions and telling stories to eachother. Slowly but surely though

Elegance In Design: Solipsistic Pop 2

Posted by on October 1st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Solipsistic Pop #2; Various;Tom Humberstone, ed.; 64 pp., £14.00 (inc p&p – International)

Cover copyright 2010 Luke Pearson

Solipsistic Pop is an impressive anthology designed to showcase the talents of U.K. alt-comics cartoonists. The small-press scene has been flowering in Great Britain over the past decade, as it has striven to get out of the shadow of the mainstream comics that have dominated the isle for several decades. That need to demonstrate just how different the first issue was from the average reader's understanding of British comics creators resulted in some slightly blustery manifestos and statements of purpose, as my review of the first issue noted. The second issue was content to proceed without feeling a need to explain itself, other than to offer up a single word as the issue's theme: "middle".

Manu Larcenet: Back on the Scene With a Blast!

Posted by on September 23rd, 2010 at 5:18 AM

Manu Larcenet is one of the greats of the current French vogue of comic artists. I wrote an extensive profile on him at Brokenfrontier.com and in a supreme act of ego, I hereby shall paraphrase myself ‘Manu Larcenet excels in

Wanderlust – Ulli Lust’s Heute ist der letzte Tag vom Rest deines Lebens

Posted by on September 23rd, 2010 at 5:16 AM
Told with great confidence and uncomfortable frankness across a sprawling 450 pages, Heute ist der letzte Tag vom Rest deines Lebens is a coming-of-age narrative that inevitably places itself in the tradition of German travel literature, perhaps unwittingly joining the company of such august figures as Goethe and Hesse. Lust’s ambition, though great, never overtly shows literary pretense, however: hers is a story of two young punks—Ulli and her friend Edi—traveling with no money, no passports, and no more than a change of clothes; a story of two girls seeking adventure and getting in over their heads.

Urhunden: the Best of 2009

Posted by on September 20th, 2010 at 11:17 AM

The character Urhunden, by OA.

Every year since 1987, the Swedish Comics Association awards the best original Swedish graphic novel or comics collection and the best translated graphic novel or comics collection with the prestigious Urhunden (The Proto Dog). The

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