Today was the first day of the festival and everything has worked out great. The Swedish exhibition is up and running, we have had a steady flow of visitors all day and a lot of interest from media.
The exhibition is made up of a number of panoramas in sturdy cardboard, with free-standing characters in front of them, creating the illusion of small paper theatres blown up to human size. The artists featured are as follows:
|Joanna Rubin Dranger.|
Besides this we also display a lot of framed originals from the participating artists.
In one end of the exhibition hall, we project the animated version of Joanna Rubin Dranger's Miss Remarkable and her Career on a wall for the visitors to sit down and watch, which many do all the way through even though it's more than 30 minutes long.
Then we have an artist's work place where Swedish artists can sit and draw, something that always catches the visitors' attention. Above can be seen Jonas Darnell, captivating the audience while drawing a Strindberg version of his character Herman Hedning.
At three o' clock in the afternoon we had the official opening, with the obligatory pompous inauguration talk by me and Josefin, red wine for everyone and afterwards a relaxed mingle with colleagues and visitors from all over the world.
Now it's time to close for the day and go and take part in the very official opening ceremony, where we will talk about Swedish comics in front of all the VIP:s of the festival. It'll get back to you with more details as soon as I get a chance to sit down and write again.