C’est Bon Anthology volume 17 is here from the printers any day now, and we are looking forward to what’s going to be our next issue. After celebrating our ten year anniversary and looking back at our history, we return to our roots. For the next volume of C’est Bon Anthology the theme is a question; WHAT IS ART? What defines the artist? What makes something art?
And as usual, what we’re looking for are comics that rely on artistic ambitions and a will to experiment rather than what has been done a thousand times before. We want to expand the boundaries of what’s possible to achieve in the comics medium. Try new things, experiment and explore! Because that’s what art is all about, right?
The deadline is Mars 15th
For guidelines and more information about the submissions, head to the submissions page! You can send in your work trough the site, or send it in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many kinds of levels out there: Physical, psychological, spiritual and digital. Every story in C’est Bon Anthology vol. 13 is on a level of its own.
In “Giving Ground”, Lars Krantz shows the passing of time as a mechanism in body and clockwork alike. In Chad Verrill’s stories, medieval art meets video game graphics and creates a unique vision. Victor Kerlow blurs the line between being awake and dreaming, in a story called “Weird Things Downstairs”. Veiko Tammjärv creates iconic narrative art scapes in “Ape and the City”, where story is symbolic as much as it is sequential. And more stories, more levels.
Volume 13 features Niklas Asker (SE), Allan Haverholm (DK), Victor Kerlow (US), Lars Krantz (SE), Lawrence Marvit (US), Jess Smart Smiley (US), Veiko Tammjärv (EST), Chad Verrill (US), Rikke Villadsen (DK) and Henric Wallmark (SE).
This volume of C’est Bon Anthology explores the Good, the Bad, and the Putrid. An Expiration Date is the point dividing a period of time in “before” and “after”. And the after rarely smells very good.
The graphic short stories in C’est Bon Anthology vol. 12 – Expiration Date, all deal with things that expire, whether it be bodily flesh, or emotions that change and turn sour. Although we like to think that C’est Bon Anthology ages like fine wine, you should definitely read this issue while it’s fresh.
Volume 12 features Mari Ahokoivu (FI), Oskar Aspman (SE), Ole Comoll(DK), Davide Catania (IT), Carolin Hansson (SE), Victor Kerlow (US),Sarah Kläpp (SE) and Jess Smart Smiley (US). Fine, fine narrative art, by the best professionals anywhere.
For almost ten years, C’est Bon Anthology has presented graphic short stories by artists from all over the world, with occasional contributions from the anthology’s changing roster. With this new offering, vol. 11, we wanted to present the current editorial board as well as give a high five to the crews of the past: Every contribution is a variation, remix, or mutation of stories that have been published in an earlier volume of C’est Bon Anthology.
In C’est Bon Anthology vol. 11 – Variations, Sofia Falkenhem, Martin Flink, and Jamil Mani interpret each others’ previous CBA contributions in a threesome of playful trolls (THE BOY), urban totem animals (DUSK), and personal purgatory (ROOM). Allan Haverholm counterpoints Mattias Elftorp’s short story VIOLENCE with SEX, and Oskar Aspman remixes Niklas Asker’s critically acclaimed SECOND THOUGHTS as SCND THGHTS.
In total, volume 11 features work by Oskar Aspman (SE), Mattias Elftorp(SE), Sofia Falkenhem (SE), Martin Flink (DK), Allan Haverholm (DK),Susanne Johansson (SE) and Jamil Mani (SE). The best short stories by some of the most talented graphic artists out there.
C’est Bon Anthology exposes the hidden things, the secret things. Apocrypha is an old Greek word that means “those having been hidden away”. And we all have dirty little things tucked away somewhere, don’t we? Whether they’re feelings we repress, unreflected actions, or guilty pleasures; they are the unknown factors that animate the mask we show to the world. Much like the 90% of an iceberg hidden below the waterline.
We are happy to give you with this anthology a look into the works and minds of artists that face their hidden baggage in so many different, surprising ways. A compilation of graphic short stories, an interview (“CBQ&A”) with a Finnish comics artist and a special guest (“Comics as Art – Art as Comics”); an artist from another branch within the visual arts.
C’est Bon Anthology gets entangled in story and image alike. Eliza Frye shows what might take place on other levels for a father and a daughter during something as ordinary as a dinner at a Chinese restaurant.
New segments! We present the first piece in the series “Comics as Art – Art as Comics”. We invited visual artist Michel Ducourneau to create a piece especially for this issue of C’est Bon Anthology. For every new issue we will invite an artist who does not usually work with comics, to create one full color page as a bridge between comics and other forms of expression within the visual arts.
Through the years C’est Bon Anthology have presented text pieces that shed light on the art form from unexpected angles. From now on we are focusing our gaze in order to give a deeper insight into the world of comics. In “CBQ&A” we will be turning our attention to the creative process of imagemakers and storytellers that are featured within the covers of this anthology. The first artistic voice to be heard is Allan Haverholm; co-editor for the anthology, as well as a brilliant and prominent comics artist.
Participants: Michel Ducourneau (SE), Mike Diana (US), Eliza Frye (US), Allan Haverholm (DK), Ed Homer (US), Jacob Rask (DK), Hanna Pettersson (SE), Chad Verrill (US)
Would you like a sneak peak of vol. 9 and the comics in it? Click here for a sample!