|Project manager Fanny Bystedt likes the debate on Seriescenen.|
|The audience often spread out far beyond the few seats that were allocated for Seriescenen.|
|Joakim Pirinen and Nina Hemmingsson interviewed.|
|Åsa Warnqvist interviews Don Rosa.|
|The comics "battle", with, among others, Max Gustafsson, Tinet Elmgren and Kim W. Andersson.|
|The panel on the Swedish comics business. From left to right: Your's truly, Johannes Klenell (Galago), Josefin Svenske (Kolik), Ingemar Bengtsson (Otimal), Mikael Sol (Egmont) and Rolf Classon (Kartago).|
Then I did a talk with the people involved in the new comics publisher Apart, who has started publishing the international hit The Walking Dead in Swedish. As one of the editors is also a cartoonist, he drew me as a zombie, during the talk, making me realize that this does not take all that much tweaking of reality...
|Jimmy Wallin, Jonas Andersson and Johan Kimrin from Apart, on Seriescenen.|
|Yours truly being portrayed as a zombie...|
|Malin Biller being awarded Urhunden for the best Swedish graphic novel.|
|The editors/publishers of Positiv Förlag, Jennie Warg and Camilla Nyman, receiving Unghunden.|
|Magnus Knutsson, Tinet Elmgren and Maria Abrahamsson, on the panel about censorship.|
Don Rosa drawing in public, on a too small canvas...
All these public events aside, the publishers and the cartoonists are of course the main attraction of the fair, and this year there were more publisher, more buzz, more readers/buyers than ever. Sometimes there were bigger crowds in the comics section of the fair, then in the rest of it and they were buying lots and lots of comics. Most publishers talked about breaking their sales records for the fair and the queues for signing were sometimes enormous.
Here are some of the publishers that were present:
|Albumförlaget and Apart.|
And then there were of course loads and loads of cartoonists present. here are some that I managed to get a photo of:
|Kolik Förlag recieved two Adamson awards, for Lina Neidestam's Maran och Kim W. Andersson's Love Hurts.|
Then there was the official dinner for all the speakers and guests of the fair, a posh event at one of the grander houses in Gothenburg. I must admit that I prefer the rowdy Galago party, or even better the really good beers and likewise company at the pub the Flying Barrel, which has become my favourite night time water hole the last three or four Book Fairs in Gothenburg.
|The interior of Börsen in Gothenburg, beautiful but impossible to shoot with an iPhone...|
For more photos from the this year's Book Fair, check out my photo album on FaceBook.