August 2013 update
Seeing how poorly the blog has been updated lately, I figure it’s tome for a summary of the summer’s activities. Through some strange twist of fate, I’ve come to work mostly as a project manager and organizer lately, something I didn’t see coming at the beginning of the year. Going through projects in a semi-chronological order:
Sequential Investigations: The New Comics
Exhibition poster by Simon Moreton
After the Graphixia blog interviewed Oliver East and me, Peter Wilkins and David Wright of Graphixia suggested a group exhibition to accompany the academic conference they were organizing in New Westminster, BC, Canada. Initially plans were to include contributors to the Team Weird Comics tumblr, but the roster grew to a supergroup of experimental comics artists:
As it grew from being a small add-on to the conference, and became a project in its own right, the Graphixia crew realised that they needed a separate organizer for the exhibition, and who better than the contributor furthest geographically removed from the conference? Obviously I jumped at the chance to further involve myself with this project, and come June 13 I had pulled together an exhibition outside of Vancouver, working entirely out of Malmö, Sweden. All in a day’s work for the globalised comics artist.
The exhibition was up at the Amelia Douglas Gallery on 13-28 June, and is currently looking for a new lease on life, possibly somewhat nearer to my backyard. More information as venues and dates are confirmed.
Nordic Comics Meeting
Around the same time as Sequential Investigations picked up, the Swedish Comics Association approached me to organise a series of meetings with its Norwegian, Finnish and Danish comics organisations. The purpose of the meetings is to encourage and increase the collaboration and exchange of experiences between the Nordic countries’ comics associations, and build a foundation for future coordination.
The rub was, due to a delayed confirmation of funding, I would have two weeks to put together the first meeting to coincide with the Copenhagen Comics festival, and only one more week to organise the next meeting at the Oslo Comics Expo. It all turned out to be a rather frantic month of pulling together two projects from scratch at the same time, but as with Sequential Investigations, I had good people to work with at the Nordic comics organisations.
A vignette for the Norwegian Children’s Comics exhibition. Illustration by Ida Eva Margrethe Neverdahl
After very constructive and enthusiastic meetings in Copenhagen and Oslo, with great feedback from participants, I have been preparing the third and fourth installments to take place at the Helsinki Comics Festival and the Malmö I Seriernas Värld-festival for children’s comics. For both of those I have organised an exhibition of Norwegian comics for children, handpicked by the Norwegian comics association.
C’est Bon Kultur
I’ve been part of the comics collective C’est Bon Kultur since 2009, both as a co-editor with the quarterly C’est Bon Anthology, as a project manager with specific exhibitions and events, and of course contributing comics to all sorts of projects. This year we realised that the collective had gone through a complete member change since I joined (with original member Oskar Aspman rejoining after several years’ hiatus), and we figured it was time to shake things up a bit to reflect that the group is entirely different from 4 years ago.
For one thing, the contents of anthology will be slightly different with future volumes (more about which at the CBK blog in months to come) but Oskar and I also sat down to redesign the graphic identity of C’est Bon publications. Partially to freshen up the look, clear out the cobwebs, and partially to rethink the idea of C’est Bon Anthology. It’s been good fun to design a full magazine layout; building layout templates, setting down a grid for different types of content, and still keeping it open enough for others to play around within those boundaries.
Next volume will be out in the autumn, I’ll keep you guessing about the actual design until it’s officially published