21 September 2011
It's that time of the year. Everyone in the publishing business in Sweden have worked tirelessly the last month or two in order to make sure everything is ready for the big show that is the Book Fair of Gothenburg. For someone not living in Sweden it is almost impossible to explain how extremely focused the whole of the Swedish book business is on this fair. Suffice to say that a large part of the books published in the second half of the year are released at the fair, and that includes comic books and graphic novels.
This year I will make five official appearances on stage, mostly at Seriescenen (The Comics Stage), but also at one of the general stages of the fair. On Thursday (16.00), I will lead a talk on the state of the comics business with editors and publishers from some of the leading comics companies in Sweden; on Friday (16.00) I will talk with the publishers behind the new company Apart, who published The Walking Dead in Swedish; on Saturday (15.00) I will take part of the official ceremony handing out the prestigious Urhunden awards, and after that interviewing one of this year's winner: Malin Biller; on Sunday I will at first lead a debate on censorship and comics at 13.00 and then lead an artist talk with Donald Duck artist Don Rosa (15.00).
Phew! Quite a list.
So, if you are going to the Book Fair this year, look me up. I'll be the guy in the canary yellow chequered vest and occasionally a white Stetson. If not, I will try to report here as often as I can, so stay tuned.