Crowdfunding for CBAvol38|39

We are currently looking for donations to cover the costs of printing and distribution of our upcoming anthology, CBA vol 38|39: FRAGMENTS.

In this double issue, various artists present their own fractal visions under the common concept of FRAGMENTS.
Also, for the first time in years, we include texts in this volume. But we need your help to make all this possible!

 

CBA vol 38|39 features comics by Marie Jacotey-Voyatzis, Martin López Lam, Stefan Petrini, Rakel Stammer, Diego Shim, Henrik Rogowski, Victor Expolio, Insulina Kid, Mattias Elftorp and Gonzalo de las Heras, and texts by Mattias Elftorp and Saskia Gullstrand with Johanna Rojola and possibly some additional material in this more-than-a-hundred colorful pages issue. Both the cover and the issue is compiled by Christina Cromnow of the CBK editorial crew, who is currently working on her debut graphic novel.

All the comics in the volume are already finished. We only need to put the whole volume together and do some final editing before sending it to print.

You can support this project via our campaign at Indiegogo where you can also see some sample comic pages from the book.
Please note that the campaign ends on December 16!

Release event: Creation of the Necronomicon

Saturday, September 16, will be the release party for Creation of the Necronomicon by Henrik Möller & Lars Krantz.
It will be at Plan B (Norra Grängesbergsgatan 19, Malmö), between 19-03.

IMPORTANT: Plan B is a membership club and you need to become a member in order to get in.
THE TICKETS ALONE WILL NOT GRANT YOU ACCES TO THE SPACE!
Visit kollektivetrecords.com to find all the information you need and the sign-up forms.

ENTRANCE
Plan “Best” members: 50kr
Plan “Basic” members: 70kr (50kr presale + 20kr at the door)

We are selling tickets for two screenings. If sold out, we will do a third one and move the Dipper show after the the third and last screening. Once you bought a ticket, you will be able to attend the whole event and see all screenings and enjoy all the bands playing live BUT the seatings will be limited to the people with tickets for each screening.

Doors: 7PM
08:00PM : 1st screening
08:45PM : Live: Skenet Bedrar (Mö)
09:30PM : 2nd screening
10:15PM : Live: “Secret fucking amazing punk band” (Mö) + Dipper (Mö)
Karaoke + DJs till 3AM

Check for updates at the Facebook event.

Another collaboration between filmmaker Henrik Möller and comics artist Lars Krantz. The self-contained sequel to their Creation of a god, this is an elaboration on the mythology created by HP Lovecraft concerning the mad poet Abdul Alhazred and the creation of the accursed Necronomicon.

Why we’re not at the Book Fair this year…

You may or may not have noticed that we won’t be at the Gothenburg book fair* this year.

CBK, TUSEN SERIER and WORMGOD decided collectively not to participate at the book fair after learning that Fria Tider** are once again welcomed by the organisers.
Some months have passed since this news came, and several voices have been raised against the book fair, but it doesn’t look like they have listened to the criticism.

We know what Fria Tider stand for. They have connections to national socialist organisations (the kind that actually calls/recently called themselves nazis) and they want to remove people like us.
Among us are immigrants, homosexuals, anarchists etc, and we have an international perspective in most of what we do. We do not accept the idea that Swedish culture would be superior to others or even big enough to be able to stand on its own. So when the Book fair open their doors to Fria Tider, we take it as a sign that we are not welcome.

Shutting someone out who wants to silence others would not be a crime against the freedom of speech, as some people claim. Rather, it’s self defense. The Book fair should be about culture and communication. So it wouldn’t be wrong to make it a free from those who want to reduce the cultural sphere to only include what they see as “Swedish” culture.

We hope that the Book fair in the future will take their part of the responsibility for preventing the fascist and nazi regimes of old to happen again. In the name of free speech.

*The annual book fair in Gothenburg is the biggest one and one of the biggest cultural events in Sweden.

**A web-based “news” site with strong ties to the Swedish nazi movement.

Text deadline approaching

Reposting this as a reminder that the deadline is almost upon us:

Call for submissions: TEXTS FOR CBA vol 38|39!

From vol 38|39 (December 2017) of CBA, we are going to add a selection of text pieces to the international art comics anthology, and we want YOU to contribute material.

You heard right. From being a full-blooded comics anthology, we are turning CBA into more of a magazine and we need your help!

What we want: We’re basically looking for text pieces that match the comics by relating to the theme (interpreted freely), or to the international experimental comics scene, or just avant-garde stuff in general that you think might fit into what we’re doing in CBA. It can be an article, interview, statement about comics or just some artistic, experimental, poetic text about pretty much anything!

Length: between 1500 – 8000 characters
Language: English
Deadline: August 15

Theme: FRAGMENTS OF PAST TIME
Main editor for this volume: Christina Cromnow
Description: The past can be found in the form of small parts inside your body. Some parts are impossible to get rid of. Maybe they’re important, maybe they’re not. But they do exist for a reason. What is your reason?
Even though your past time is out of reach, there is always the possibility of deciding how it will look in front of other people. What would your fragments look like if you showed them in public?

Unfortunately we cannot offer you any payment for participating. If we publish your submission you will receive 10 free copies of the issue (this is the same deal as for the comics we publish and we also don’t get paid for the editorial work. We wish it was different, but it’s the situation). Naturally, copyright for your material will stay in your hands and we do accept material that has already been published elsewhere. That’s all we can offer at this date. We hope that you will find being in CBA an enjoyable experience. You would be in the company of some great comic creators.

(And don’t worry, CBA is still going to be mostly comics, we haven’t gone completely crazy…)

Facebook event

Invocations and Incantations

Guest/group exhibition at Hybriden: Invocations and Incantations
with Markus Samnell, Joel Danielsson, and Louise Öhman.
Hybriden (Mitt Möllan, Bangatan 5, Malmö)
Opening event: Fri July 28, 17-22.
Also open: Sat July 29, 14-18

Demonology
Digital collage + performance

Markus Samnell, also active in industrial acts such as Feberdröm and Khmer Noir, shows parts of ongoing work called Demonology, dealing with demonic metaphors and hallucinatory states as steps towards understanding (or misunderstanding) our existence. The work is built around fragments – video, image, text, sound. During the evening he will also do a musical performance with his solo project Stygian Springs, a mix of industrial and apocalyptic restaurant music.

 

Nollmeridianen
Videokonst

Joel Danielsson & Louise Öhman is a duo who recently graduated in free art at the University of Bergen (Norway). They work with themes surrounding the phenomena of image, strata and spectrality.

1979, i trädgården till Schloss Bellevue, grävs 32 statyer upp ur marken. Kroppar gjorda av marmor, som uppfördes i början på 1900-talet, beställda av den tyska kejsaren Wilhelm II (1859-1941). Statyerna grävdes ner i Tyskland under efterkrigstiden, i ett försök att räddas undan från det projekt som kallas ’zero hour’, eller timme noll – en reduktion av imperialistiska symboler och en exorcism från den tyska nationella kroppen och dess förflutnas fantomer. Sedan återuppståndelsen av dessa skulpturer, som än en gång flyttade in mot historiens ljus, har de varit situerade i ett musealt limbo. Än en gång ställs vi inför frågan om dess vara och potentialitet i rörelsen över linjen.

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The exhibition is organised with support from Institutionen för Kunst vid Universitete in Bergen, Norway.
Parts of the exhibition are digital prints made at Tidskriftsverkstaden, Malmö.

We <3 XM24

We’re back from CRACK! and in the last few weeks we’ve also been to the Tenderete festival in Valencia.

But never mind that now.

Another sister festival to CRACK!, Tenderete (and also AltCom), has been taking place at a squat in Bologna, XM24, which is now being evicted.

We’ve never been there ourselves, but it doesn’t matter. They’re part of the family and we support them in fighting this eviction.

Why CBA is anti-racist

This is a personal text, a kind of reflection about CBA, written by Mattias Elftorp, one of the founders of CBK:

To me, CBA is about anti-racism. It’s also about anti-narrowmindedness in general. This may not be apparent for everyone, so let me explain:

When I grew up, in the 1980s and 90s in a small town (about 30 000 inhabitants) on the west coast of Sweden, things were different. And also the same. But I think that my experience of growing up there informs my view of Sweden a lot. Here are some details: You didn’t read comics openly. Comics were for kids or maybe nerds (not sure we had that word yet but if we did it certainly wasn’t positive). Especially superheroes. You know, those that are basically household names now, that everyone are watching in the movies with no shame whatsoever. That was something you bought and read when no one was looking.

Now, I listen to a lot of music all the time. Whenever my computer is running (=almost always) there is something playing. But back then I didn’t listen to music for many years. Because in my circle of friends it wasn’t socially acceptable to listen to anything but the most mainstream stuff that was on the radio (we’re not even talking hiphop here, it was just really boring pop). And I wasn’t interested in that. Then, after the first 9 years of school, I started a new class and found a new friend who introduced me to techno (rave/IDM/ambient/trance/gabber etc) and I found something that I liked. What we were listening to was still frowned upon, but it was ok since I wasn’t alone. I would probably have liked extreme metal as well (and hiphop), but that was still out of reach for me.

It was basically the same with everything. Some subcultures were more ok because there were bigger groups of kids doing it, but I was never any good at skateboarding and I never got into grunge. But mostly, if you weren’t part of the mainstream culture you were regarded as weird. Like: “you’re just enjoying this probably because you want to be special and underneath that surface you actually know that what you do is weird and when you grow up you will probably stop doing that and go back the the natural state of being normal”. That’s how I experienced the general sentiment.

Parallel to this, my parents were helping a family that came from Kosovo. They were Albanians and were not accepted in Kosovo so they had to leave. I don’t know about the details of their situation, I just know that they had a hard time in Kosovo because of their ethnicity, and they also had a hard time getting to stay in Sweden. It was a process that took years before they could relax and really settle down when they got their permit of residence. While another family we also helped were denied and sent away. So I guess I always made that connection, that anything that is out of the ordinary, that doesn’t fit into the Swedish norm, is unwelcome. Be it music, comics or people.

I don’t know how big open racism was in my town. I know there was talk but I hardly ever saw any straight-up neonazis in real life though I guess they were there, I was just too white to really have to notice. But there were these bullshit comments and slurs from “normal people” going around. And of course I saw the institutionalized racism through that family we were helping. And this was in the late 80s, before the migration rules started getting increasingly harsh, which began in 1990. Since then the rules have gotten much worse, quite the opposite of the view that is perpetuated by the far right and often adopted by mainstream media and society. All that talk about “mass immigration” that wasn’t true back then and is even less true now.

So anyway, it wasn’t considered a good thing to have parents from another country and it wasn’t good to take an interest in weird culture (comics, non-pop music, foreign movies). Female wasn’t really good either, now that I think about it, but there were so many of them that they had to at least be tolerated as a group as long as they didn’t try to fart or shit or any other privilege reserved for men. The worst thing you could be, however, was probably homosexual. That was disgusting and probably contagious and dangerous and let’s not even talk about it. Luckily I wasn’t gay. It wasn’t until much later that I tried it out a little bit and found that I could enjoy a cock almost as much as a pussy. But that’s a different story.

Anarchism was something that only existed as one paragraph in the history book that I stumbled upon by mistake because it wasn’t required reading. We learned a lot about national socialism, but nothing about the other end of the political spectrum, except communism of course which was just as bad as nazism. Politically, center/right socialdemocracy with a splash of economic liberalism was the norm. Much like now, except there’s much more privatisation and racism now. And the same rules applied. Don’t be weird. It wasn’t until later when I found out that there was a movement of people who actually believed in anarchism that a new world opened up to me. Another world that actually seemed possible.

Things I always felt but never knew.

Anyway, I think you get the point by now. Anything outside of mainstream Swedish culture (except mainstream US culture, of course) is weird and you should stay away from it or you’re asking for being treated as an outsider. Choosing to be an outsider. “We” don’t understand why, but that’s what you do.

Now I live in Malmö, which is a haven of cultural diversity and acceptance, at least in comparison. The City still does its best to get rid of the Roma beggars, but at least any music is more or less acceptable. Cops ride their horses over people in order to protect nazi manifestations, but at least the anti-nazi demonstrations are much bigger.

So anyway. I always made these connections. Weird cultural expressions aren’t accepted (and what is considered normal is a narrow field), non-Swedish people aren’t accepted, non-hetero sexualities aren’t accepted and to me it’s all part of the same thing. Sure, some things have gotten better. We have access to much more cultural diversity now, but I don’t trust that it’s the same outside of Malmö and my part of the internets. I don’t trust the place where I grew up to have evolved in the same direction.

Publishing what we do in CBA, to me, is anti-racist. Not necessarily by dealing with racism as a topic, but by publishing non-mainstream comics from many different countries, with different perspectives on things. Weird, experimental comics that break all kinds of conventions even in the form itself. Not that it takes that much to break Swedish conventions. The problem is that what we’re doing can easily be considered art and is therefore easily dismissed. Because art is regarded as something that never tried to be normal in the first place and why take any such thing seriously? Also, art is just art and, like opinions, it has nothing to do with reality.

Once, a bunch of years ago, I was with a large group of people outside the refugee detention centre in Malmö. We were there to stop a deportation of a man from… I don’t even remember from where. The police came to get him. We stood in the way, blocking all entrances. After a while, the cops said: “All right, now you’ve made your statement. You’ve expressed your opinion. Now stand aside and let us do our job”. That hit me on a deep level. We were there to save someone’s life, and they thought we just wanted to express out opinion and then things could go back to repressive normality. Of course we didn’t move. We stayed there all day, hungry, getting burned by the sun, until the guy managed to break a window from the outside and get out. Within minutes he was in a car being driven away from there, to a life in hiding. Maybe eight months later, he got his permit of residency, proving us right.

People here seem to think that opinions is something everyone can have, as long as they don’t interfere with reality. Conversely, they also see them as something harmless, which is why we’re supposed to be so lenient towards racism. Because it’s just an opinion, which anyone is entitled to, and it has nothing to do with real life (and, incidentally, they won’t hurt you as long as you belong to the white mainstream (but who worth considering isn’t white mainstream?)). Except it does. Anything that today is ‘just an opinion’, may tomorrow be the new mainstream, with real-life consequences.

We used to have a slogan in CBK: WE WILL BE THE NEW MAINSTREAM. That never happened and it seems even less likely now. I like the boldness of that statement, but I don’t know if I would have liked to be the mainstream, because anything that is the mainstream runs the risk of being prejudiced towards everything else, and also of being blind to its own position. Like white mainstream people feeling threatened by such modest claims as “Black lives matter”. Which really isn’t an attack on anything except racism (and, specifically, racist police brutality) and if you’re a white mainstream person the only threat you’re under is that you may need to start seeing black people as your equals. And frankly, it’d be about time.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe times have changed even outside the bigger cities. Maybe people are more open-minded now, in general? I hope so. But it wasn’t many years ago I heard in the news about people in some smaller town in Sweden throwing rocks at a woman in hijab, presumably to force her to be less oppressed, or at least less weird and more normal. And that kind of rhetoric also seems to be gaining ground, alongside the political correctness saying that everyone should be treated with respect, no matter what identity they fit into (or don’t fit into), at least on the internet.

But there’s still need for anti-racism and things that can validate non-mainstream culture. Such as an anthology of art comics. Not as a solution to any of these problems, but as one voice among many, one facet out of a multitude.

/Mattias Elftorp, co-founder and long-time editor of CBA
Malmö, May 2017

Me & my Daddy & Zlatan (Tusen Serier & Wormgod, 2014)