About Allan Haverholm

Danish cartoonist living in Sweden. Graphic novelist and artist exhibited in the US, France, and Scandinavia. Former partner at Afart Publiishing (DK), co-editor at C'est Bon Kultur/C'est Bon Anthology (SE), co-founder of the Danish Comics Council. Coffee drinker, metalhead, dad.

Comics exhibition in 3… 2…

This spring’s comics class is coming to a fast end, all of last week went on preparing the exhibition that opens on Wednesday, 1 April. For this occasion, my students have produced diverse works that break down fourth walls as well as common definitions of comics. The process has been exasperating but giving for all of us, and I’m damn proud to show you these (as always, blurry) process shots:

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(The bottles are the comic — and no, Claudia didn’t empty them herself!)

Chasing the horizon takes you interesting places, not doing it gets you nowhere

Visualise now a donkey, perhaps of the kind you’d see in old animated short film, visualise the donkey seen full figure from the side. The donkey is standing still. Tied to its neck and extending forward over its head is a stick, and at the far end of the stick hangs a carrot. The purpose of the contraption would be to lure the animal into walking after the bait that will always stay at the same distance. Still, the donkey does not move, instead it is trying to will the carrot to come to it.

That’s what waiting for inspiration is like.

Oh, I’m sorry! I thought we were talking about the other homophobia

Aside

So apparently I was offended by a crappy song last year and wrote a negative comment on Grooveshark. Ten months pass, nobody notices, I forgot about it; until yesterday another user felt called upon to correct me:
Homophobic crap_compo

That’s right, “not everything that is against the gays is homophobic”. That’s an amazing display of logic that would also extend to “not everything that is green is a mixture of blue and yellow”. But hey, let’s play a game, it’s called “proving you factually wrong”:

Homophobia encompasses a range of negative attitudes and feelings toward homosexuality or people who are identified or perceived as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).

Wikipedia

homophobia noun ho·mo·pho·bia \ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə\
Definition of HOMOPHOBIA
:  irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals

Merriam Webster

homophobia [hoh-muh-foh-bee-uh]
noun 1. unreasoning fear of or antipathy toward homosexuals and homosexuality.

Dictionary dot com (and don’t be fooled by the figure 1, there is no alternative definition)

So, the nuance in “everything against gays” vs homophobia is…?

The defense rests.

Spring

Status

Sat on the granite steps outside art school, not a cloud in the air. A crow caws, a gentler bird tweets. Had the year’s first fisticuffs with the year’s first bee.

Still no sign of that damn courier.

Commute AM

The guy in the opposite seat shakes open his ad-financed newspaper, sternly locking eyes with everybody in the compartment, signifying that his is a discerning news consumption to be acknowledged with a respectful silence.

A student in her twenties leans over the aisle to another, not strikingly unlike herself: “Did you read for today’s lecture?” The other shakes her head, almost surprised, and they giggle together at their shared naughtiness, not strikingly unlike asinine laziness. Note: I was the same, and look at me now.

A man before me in line for escaping the train: Wearing his hair in a ponytail as slim as a pencil, hanging down a neck the width of my torso. It is monumental, that neck, and rendered mountainous in juxtaposition with the thinning strands of hair.

Hail Thor! Three things that make my Thursday

3. That woman and I got our tickets for the Bohren & the Club of Gore midnight rite next Friday (the concert should be great in itself, but anything involving her makes my day, every day)

2. Reading Eisenstein’s writings on film montage, and finding that they translate rather exactly into my thoughts on comics montage. If I read the particularly gnarly Danish translation right, that is — but great, formalist, communist minds tend to think alike, so I prefer to think so.

1. The advance copy of When the last story is told arrives by courier today…!