Jan Baetens near name checking my book 4 years ahead of publication


…what abstraction finally shows is also the possible frailty of narrative. Even when it is present in apparently hegemonic ways, narrative can always collapse in order to give way to something totally else.

–Jan Baetens, Abstraction in Comics. Quoted in Bennett, Comics Poetry: the art of the possible

I swear, I hadn’t read this when I concocted the concept for When the last story is told – the sentiment is the same, though. From the description for my book:

[The] very title suggests a potential end of narrative, but also  that something else may fill the gap, a still-fluid substance or undefined fictional construct forming …

Guess I was on the right track? If anyone has Baetens’ contact info please pass it along, I’ll be happy to send him a copy.

Updated: High praise from @badgetoon


You know, I value all comment on my work, positive and negative, but sometimes there’s that little extra that makes a morsel of praise stand out. This one from Mark Badger came in the mail today, in response to When the last story is told:


Update 16 Sep 2015: Badger posted a very flattering review of my book on his blog. I’ll give you the bulk of the first paragraph here and let you enjoy the entirety on Mark’s website:

Comics have characters, places and things, a plot with events no matter how surreal. […] If you remove the characters, the empathy, the narrative drive traditionalists think there is nothing there. But it’s a rich nothing that has paper, ink, paint, a cartoonist, a reader, pages, things that make a book. Can that basic of a book exist outside of narrative traditions?

The only downside to this acclaim is that I’ll have to let my own review of Mark’s Abstract Kirby sit for awhile so it doesn’t look like a communal back patting… End of update

Thanks, Mark! :-) You may know Mark’s work for Marvel and DC Comics, personally I first encountered his art on Martian Manhunter in the late ’80s (I guess? The books ran ads for single issues of Watchmen, if memory serves me), and his approach to drawing blew my mind, it was so far from what I expected in a superhero comic book.

Years later, I found Mark to be a contributor in what has become my desert island book, Fantagraphics’ Abstract comics anthology — funny how things loop back on you in irregular patterns! Nowadays Mark is drawing Abstract Kirby and Julius Caesar, which you will find at his website.

So that was Mark’s four star six-arm review of my book, above. Why don’t you get it for yourself?

When the last story is told


When the last story is told; 68 full colour pages at 20x26cm (8x10 1/4"). Cloth bound, foil stamped hardcover with vertical title band.

When the last story is told; 68 full colour pages at 20x26cm (8×10 1/4″). Cloth bound, foil stamped hardcover with vertical title band.

When the last story is told, its absence rings with colour: Shapes & structure linger—

Like the clap of thunder when the air rushes to fill the vacuum from a supersonic plane, Allan Haverholm poses the question: When the last story is told, what fills the space it leaves?

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Good morning sweet releases!


It will be almost two months since When the last story is told came from the printer, and nearly a month after my Copenhagen release party, but the publisher C’est Bon Kultur has now set an official publication date for the book—
22 may at 17-22 there will be a release party with a special hanging of original art at Tusen Serier, Mitt Möllan in Malmö. Come, one and all!

Some more bookplates WIP

Having a bit of a slow day after last night’s art show in Copenhagen, so I cracked open a tube of printer’s ink and got to work on the last bookplates for the limited artist’s edition of When the last story is told:


I got a bit generous with the ink in some places, and I won’t be able to continue work on these until it dries, maybe tomorrow.

As I was mounting the paper base I caught myself doing colour compositions, moving the scraps around to sit better in relation to the others on the page… which is kind of stupid because they’ll all be cut apart and placed in individual books. It’s a slow day in so many ways.

Clark Ashton Smith, and When the last story is told:


Those who are unconventional enough to credit me with rationality will smile at my story and deem that I have forsaken the province of bizarre pictorial art (in which I have achieved a certain eminence) to invade that of superscientific fiction.

— Clark Ashton Smith, in The Light from Beyond

You don’t think it’s too late to include that in my latest book, do you? :)