24 January 2012
It's getting close to the launch of the biggest comics festival in Europe, Festival International de la Bande Dessinée, in Angoulême, France. This year there will be a special focus on Sweden, as there is a special exhibition, La vie n’est pas pour les amateurs – Strindberg et la bande dessinée (Life is not for Amateurs - Strindberg and Comics), an exhibition produced by yours truly and curated by Josefin Svenske, celebrating the 100th year since the death of the much talked about Swedish author August Strindberg. This marks the first time for a major Swedish exhibition in Angoulême, and it is acompanied by a Swedish booth in the Nouvo Monde tent, where Swedish publishers and artists show their books to the general public.
I'm travelling to France today, to oversee the final building of the exhibition, and then the fun begins. On Thursday, there is an official on-stage presentation of the exhibition; on Friday I will give a talk on Swedish Comics History and there will be a big panel discussion with several representatives of the Swedish comics culture. Then there's going to be a big release party for the brand new French anthology Rayon Frais, collecting the best of the new generation of Swedish comics artists, published in collaboration between Swedish Galago and French les Requins Marteaux, and much, much more.
As you can tell, this is going to be intense, and hopefully we will further the position of Swedish comics in the French-speaking world. I will report here continuously throughout the whole festival, keeping you posted on what's happening.