19 April 2010
Rocky running for more than ten years now, and in that time it has become ingrained in Swedish culture. One proof of that, and of the fact that comics have become fully culturally acceptable, is that Kellerman just received this year's Bellman's Award (Carl Mikael Bellman being the famous Swedish 18th century poet and composer) for working in and promoting the city of Stockholm. More info here (in Swedish).
Right now, just about everyone who works with comics in Sweden is gearing up for SPX, the alternative comics festival in Sweden; always at Serieteket (the comics speciality library at Kulturhuset in Stockholm), and always lead by the unstoppable Kristiina Kolehmainen. This year's version is on for the upcoming weekend. Really looking forward to it, as I will be able to be in Stockholm for the whole festival for the first time in years.
The list of intentional guests is extra long this year, due in part to a new collaboration between the publisher Galago and the Swedish Comics Association. We have recently been given a big grant for developing international exchange for the Swedish comics culture and took our first major stab at that project with the Swedish Invasion of MoCCA in New York a few weeks ago, when we invited a large group of Swedish artist to the US. Now it's time to reverse the flow of exchange and we have invited a big group of international artists and publishers to Stockholm for SPX. I just hope that big cloud of Icelandic volcanic ash doesn't stop everyone's planes from arriving...
I'll be chairing a few panels etc. but I will be available a lot, walking around, talking to everyone and looking at all the new mini-comics and so on- So look me up and say hi.