19 November 2009

News: Comiquiz 2009

This years Comiquiz, the Nordic competition of comics knowledge, has been held and the results just arrived from Team Träskalle, the team from Finland who held the competition this year. As can be seen, the Stockholm chapter of the Swedish Comics Association won, and the Skåne chapter, where I took part, came in on third place (the number after each group being the score, out of a total of 339).

1. SeF Stockholm                            150
2. Århus Tegneserieforum                148
3. SeF Skåne                                   146
4. Tursake / Turku                           143
5. Team Kuolio / Tampere                110
6. Team Stumpen / Helsinki             109
7. Göteborgs Seriefrämjande              92
8. Mormors kapplöpningskossor         84
9. D.A.L.L.A.S.                           no show
10. Serieteket                               no show
11. Ostfold Tegneserieforum         no show

This years competition was tricky, with loads of images to identify. We did have a lot of fun, though, as usual. More can be read at the Comiquiz entry at Seriewikin, where this year's results has already been added.

News: Original Comic Art in The New York Times


Making comics fit into the world of fine arts van be a blessing in disguice. There are many pitfalls lurking when heading that way, not the least the risk of diminishing the very core of comics, which to my mind is the storytelling. Still, I can't help being happy when a respectable newspaper like The New York Times, devotes the front page of their cultural section to the story of an autction with original art by Joe Kubert. 

Now, I've never been a big fan of Kubert but I do have a deep respect for his contrubution to the art of comics, not the least in starting and running The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art since 1976.

News: Yokaj Podcast

Yokaj Studio, Sweden's foremost group of artist working with comics inspired by the Asian tradition, has initiated a podcast radio. The very first episode is up and running right now and they will do a new episode every Monday giving news and updates on the work in the studio and a longer special once a month, when they will do interviews with people in the business. An interesting initiative by a young group of professionals who has always been good at communicating with their fans.

For you who do not understand Swedish: sorry, no amount of Google Translate is going to help here... Spoken word only.

Thanks to Agneta Hallin for the tip.