About Lapsos in Comics Alliance

Article about Inés Estrada’s Lapsos (CBA vol 25) at Comics Alliance:

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[This] English language edition [is] something that should be on your radar. (…) Lapsos follows the adventures of two friends who discover the existence of various dimensions between their home city in Mexico, and the gradual realisation that everything is connected, it’s marked with Estrada’s signature gross-but-touching humour and vivid characterisation.

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I’ve been incredibly excited to get my hands on this since it was announced earlier in the year, and you know, it’d be miserly of me not to share the good news- Estrada is a very highly regarded and popular artist, with a dedicated fan-base, and I expect that 1000 print run to sell out quickly, as has been the tradition with previous books.

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A hugely talented artist, her comics are an example of some of the freshest, most vibrant, and relevant work currently being produced in the medium.

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Review: When the last story is told

Review of When the last story is told by Fredrik Strömberg at Goodreads. Here’s an excerpt:

My favourites are the ones where Haverholm seems to have used ink that he has splattered and smeared around. Reading/looking at abstract comics is always a bit like a roschach test, whatever you get out of it you probably put there yourself, and these starts my imagination, making me connect dots that are most likely not there in the first place.

Order the book by email: shop[at]cestbonkultur[dot]com

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CBA now available at the internet bookstores!

For a long time, many issues of CBA have been missing from the Swedish internet bookstores, but now they have been made available as it should be (including Allan Haverholm’s When the last story is told, Mattias Elftorp’s Piracy is Liberation, etc)!

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Have a look among our titles at AdLibris or Bokus, for example!
They’re not showing the exact same titles because of search engine issues, but look araound and you should find the issues you’re missing. You can also see the complete list here and use the ISBN to find individual titles in the bookstores.

Contact shop@cestbonkultur.com if you prefer to buy directly from us or if you for some reason can’t use the Swedich internet bookstores or if there’s something you still can’t find there…

Submissions for CBA vol 32

cbavol32submissions-eventWe are now open for submissions to the first anthology issue with the new editorial crew of CBA.

This will be CBA vol 32, the first issue of 2016 which marks the ten year anniversary of this incarnation of the antholoy. You will join the ranks of such great artists as Anke Feuchtenberger, Danijel Zezelj, David Mack, Ho Che Anderson, Rutu Modan and many more (see the complete list of creators who have participated in the past)!

What we are looking for is comics which 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 is possible to achieve in the comics medium.

The theme for this issue is BLUE BEGINNINGS which is a suggested theme, not obligatory. We don’t want you to feel constricted by this, but if you need the extra inspiration, use this theme however you want and make your own interpretation of the words.

Specifications:
Anything is welcome, but we prefer comics that are about 5-30 pages.
Format: 20x26cm
Color: Yes
Language: English
Format: .TIF
Resolution: 1200 dpi line art or 300 dpi grayscale/CMYK
Bleed: 5mm in all directions.
Within this space, there are no limits.

Please send us your FINISHED COMIC in high-resolution files from the start.
And also include a short presentation text about yourself, with URL (if you have a website).

Please ask us if you are unsure about formats, resolution, bleed, etc. We prefer stupid questions to bad files. And there are no stupid questions.

Send comics, questions, etc to:
submissions@cestbonkultur.com

Unfortunately we cannot offer you any payment for participating. If we publish your submission you will receive 10 free copies of the issue. That’s all we can offer at this date. Hopefully you will find being in CBA an enjoyable experience. Naturally, copyright for your material will stay in your hands and we do accept stories which have been published elsewhere before.

DEADLINE: October 31

Releaseparty: When the last story is told

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“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, Haverholm poses the question: When the last story is told, what fills the space it leaves?

Explore that space together with us at our releaseparty for this enigmatic new work by Allan Haverholm!

Friday, May 22, 17-21 @ Tusen Serier.
Claesgatan 8, Malmö.

Facebook event.

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In the latest book by visual artist Allan Haverholm, narrative gives way to another order of meaning. Although the pages are divided into comic book grids there is nothing to constitute a traditional story, or even pictures in a sense that one would expect. The only text in the book, quoted above, frames the 60 pages of minimalist colour compositions alternatingly obscured with bold strokes of white paint and abstract, black textures.

The book questions one of the basic elements of our culture: storytelling and its underlying structures. Its 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 after this universal aphasia. Like a message from an alien mind, When the last story is told is loaded with meaning encoded in an undecipherable language.

Allan Haverholm (b.1976)
Since his 2006 book debut (the 300 pages Sortmund, hailed as Denmark’s first graphic novel), Allan Haverholm has stubbornly explored the comics medium for new approaches to the art form, changing effortlessly between a wide range of expressions to fit each new project. Persistent themes in his work include language and music, and their application in comics form.
When the last story is told is Haverholm’s eighth book as a single author; he has illustrated some fifty books, published several collaborations with likeminded artists, and appeared in more anthologies than he cares to think of or even count. His art has been exhibited internationally.

 

After SIS 2015

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The Stockholm International Comics festival 2015 is over and done, already. Bittersweet because this was the best SIS festival in a long time. High on festival-endorphines we’re back and gearing up for Allan Haverholm’s exhibition and releaseparty for When the last story is told on May 22.

We also proudly and gladly announce that a part of C’est Bon Kultur, Steve Nyberg, won The Swedish Comics Association’s fanzine award this year with his fanzine “Maja-Stina”!

Congratulations Steve!

THE STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONAL COMICS FESTIVAL 2015

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C’est Bon Kultur will attend this years International Comics Festival in Stockholm, May 9th–10th.
The Stockholm International Comics Festival [SIS] will take place for the seventeenth time in May 2015 (plus pre-events earlier in the week) organized by Serieteket and friends.

Meet us this weekend! Our table is located in Hörsalsfoajén, table F8. Adjacent to Tusen Serier, Wormgod and Ritualen.

We’ll have a great stash of CBA vol 28, Allan Haverholm’s hot-off-the-press When the last story is told. And everything else that we’ve made so far. Our book fair prices are super cheap, so don’t miss out!

SIGNS AND SCIENCE

C’est Bon Kultur presents:
SIGNS AND SCIENCE
Release party for C’est Bon Anthology vol 28 & exhibition: “Space”.

When? Thursday, April 23 2015
Where? Tusen Serier at Mitt Möllan, Claesgatan 8, Malmö
Who? Frøydis Sollid Simonsen, Karoline Stjernfelt, Mari Ahokoivu
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Frøydis Sollid Simonsen, Karoline Stjernfelt and Mari Ahokoivu have made the exhibition Space which has been shown in Norway can soon be seen in Finland. Now it comes to Malmö in conjunction with the release of the new issue of C’est Bon Anthology, which has the theme Signs and science and contains some of the comics from the exhibition. To celebrate this coincidence, we have added some of the other comics to this edition of the exhibition and turned the whole thing into a combined release party and exhibition.

Signs of science? The science of signs? Or neither, or both. How about the sleep depriving thought of eternity when you turn off the lights at night. Of the ever reaching deepness of space, black holes and the creation of photons in the core of the sun. How about when you get lost in thought, staring at your thumb, thinking about how the cells in your skin work and work and work, divide and fall off. The molecules they are made of. The vanishing weight of the atoms.

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CBA vol 28 is also the last anthology issue from the former editorial crew. Since every other issue is a special graphic novel issue, vol 30 (September) will be the first issue from the (almost) completely new crew. In other words, this is the end of an era and at the same time the seed for what is to come, since it’s already the new crew organizing this event.

Comics creators in CBA vol 28:
Steve Nyberg [SE]
Jamil Mani [SE]
Maciej Kalymon [SE]
John Daily [SE]
Marine Schneider [BE]
Carolina Hicks [US/SE]
Mattias Elftorp [SE]
Mari Ahokoivu [FI]
Allan Haverholm [DK]
Ylva Oknelid [SE]
Christoffer Frostgård [SE]
Karoline Stjernfelt [SE]
Milena Simeonova [BG]
Cover: Christina Cromnow [SE]
Illustrations: Emei Burell [SE]

CBA vol 28 is here!

NEW ISSUE OUT NOW!

There’s been an absence of posts for a while and we haven’t even shown you some of the latest issues. But things are about to change. We have a new editorial crew and we’re working on catching up with everything, like sending out the latest issues to our subscribers. Please be patient with us!

Anyway, here’s a picture of our latest issues:

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The releaseparty for CBA 28 is on the 23rd of April, read more here!

Open call for submissions for C’est Bon Anthology: Signs and Science

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Signs of science? The science of signs? Or neither, or both.
Deadline: 1 September 2014
How about the sleep depriving thought of eternity when you turn off the lights at night. Of the ever reaching deepness of space, black holes and the creation of photons in the core of the sun.How about when you get lost in thought, staring at your thumb, thinking about how the cells in your skin work and work and work, divide and fall off. The molecules they are made of. The vanishing weight of the atoms.

How did the insects develop wings? What is the purpose of the flick-flack of the Rechenbergi spider, the tiny squeak of the desert rain frog, the Higgs boson? And what is dark energy anyway? The history of the natural sciences is filled with wonder, with horror and gore, with idealism and the search for truth, but above all curiosity.

C’est Bon invites you to send in your work for our upcoming issue, Signs and Science! Best suited are comics about 4–22 pages. The format is 200×260 mm (7.9×10.2 in), full colour, in English or wordless. Within this space, there are no limits. We accept low-res files for consideration and will ask you for high-res files if your submission is accepted.

Unfortunately we can’t offer you any payment for participating. If we publish your submission you will receive 5 free copies of the issue and we will promote you and your work on our website, on social forums, in press releases etc. That’s all we can offer at this date. Hopefully you will find being in C’est Bon Anthology an enjoyable experience. Naturally, copyright for your material will stay in your hands.

Send your submissions via the form at http://cestbonkultur.com/?page_id=242 or to info@cestbonkultur.com