Proposal for a weird comics workshop

The Experimental Comics Swap-Meet Appropriation workshop (any acronym would be pronounced "eczema", I guess) Participants: 5-10 experimental comics artists. Number may vary according to venue limitations, see below. Duration: Workshop — four days to a week? Exhibition — a month or longer? Venue: Any ad-hoc art making or gallery space or building that will allow…

A meet&greet with a harsher reality

Since I'm not on Facebook, a colleague had to bring this to my attention: I met Fadi Abou Hassan this weekend at the opening of the Freedom of speech in comics today exhibition which he's a part of. Also present and exhibiting was Malaysian cartoonist Zunar (top, second from left). Both artists have been persecuted…

A year’s run

It's odd to think that it's a year since I was commissioned to redesign the Swedish Comics Association's journal, Bild & Bubbla. I stayed on as art director and layouter on the magazine, and with a quarterly publication cycle there's not much time to stop and think in between. Yet as 2015 winds down we…

On writing in comics: errata

And then everybody with an opinion or less weighs in about the essence of comics. Excellent. — me, on twitter just now That was on a sudden discussion about writers and artists in comics, who does who, whose is larger, and which part of the storytelling is more important. That's a rather simplistic approach of…

It’s an unending spiral of humiliation, Charlie Brown

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So now we know what became of Charles Schulz’ antihero in adult life: more bleakly pointless than anything Chris Ware could think up, he works the undignified virtual treadmill of the unsolicited email advertiser. Fitting perhaps, but disheartening.

Just think how everytime an email sales pitch goes out, he must recognise the vain hope he used to feel, running towards Lucy and that football…