Review of Find me in this city

Review by Fredrik Strömberg of CBA vol 31: Find me in this city by Mari Ahokoivu:

I can see traces of inspiration here, undoubtedly Tove Jansson and the tale of the invisible child. Probably Mine, une vie de chat, but also of Joanna Rubin Dranger and her Miss Remarkable and Her Career, and even Hayao Miyazaki. But none of that matters. Ahokoivu makes it all her own, and her art is pure visual poetry.

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A beautiful, poetic little book that I will most surely read again.

 

CBA vol 34-36: Call for submissions

We’ve changed the submission process a bit for CBA. Now we are calling for submissions for three of our upcoming volumes at once, to be able to make better long-term plans.
We’ve also appointed one main editor for each volume. The selection will still be made collectively, but the main editor will have the final say on what goes into their specific volume.

DEADLINE (for all three volumes): May 15

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So, here are the themes for the upcoming issues:

CBA vol 34 – Re: Creation & Idleness NO MORE SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS VOLUME.
Main Editor: Steve Nyberg
Description: It’s time to put on your leisure suit and get to work on whatever. Whatever you want. Whatever. Is it working? No! It’s not working at all. Maybe it’s a sci-fi utopia. Or is it a fantasy? It’s all the time in the world. Odd moments are even. Time is money and everyone’s a billionaire. Spare some time? Here: free time for everyone! High quality time! No work and all play.

The release of this issue will coincide with the AltCom 2016 festival (July 28-31) and is the antithesis of the festival’s WORK theme.

CBA vol 35 – Bleed
Main Editor: Kinga Dukaj
Description: Blood is of the essence.
It can be a mesmerizing thing. Either when it gushes from an artery or trickles down a finger, drips delicately from the ceiling or whooshes in your ears.
Are you sure those chills that run down your spine aren’t ones of pleasure as you notice your fellow passenger picking mindlessly at a scab, and you imagine yourself ripping it off and licking it clean then and there?
NEW DEADLINE FOR THIS VOLUME: AUGUST 1

CBA vol 36 – Fragments of past time NO MORE SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS VOLUME.
Main Editor: 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?

Specifications:
Please see our submission guidelines.

Send questions & comics to submissions [at] cbkcomics [dot] com

Unfortunately, we still can’t pay you anything for participating. You will get 10 free copies, and we hope that you’ll find being in CBA an opportunity to do some non-commercial work and to experiment with the comics as an art form. Consequently, we do accept comics that have already been published elsewhere, as long as we like them and they fit into the themes. Feel free to mention which theme you intend your comic for, but please note that the volume you have in mind may not necessarily be the one your comic ends up in.

AltCom 2016: WORK anthology – call for submissions!

Reposted from the AltCom website:

Time to announce the festival anthology of 2016:

We don’t have all the funding secured yet, but there’s a Kickstarter, so let’s assume that everything will be fine and open this call for submissions anyway!

The theme for this year is WORK, and we would like you to give us your stories interpreting that theme.

WHAT we want:
Pages: 1-5, black/white
Language: English
Format: 140x182mm (a little bit smaller than A5) +5mm bleed on all sides
Files: High-resolution .TIFF, preferably
If you are unsure what we mean by “high-resolution”, please ask. Not sure what we mean by “bleed”? Read this! Lots of artists don’t know, and it’s better to ask than to send us files that we can’t use.Introduction to the theme.

WHEN we want it:
Deadline: May 15

Send questions and submissions to: submissions [at] altcomfestival [dot] se

Please feel free to invite more comics artists to the Facebook event.

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WHO we are:
The AltCom 2016 anthology will be edited by the Hybrid of CBK & Tusen Serier.

As usual, no one gets paid for participating. But on the other hand, no one pays for it either since we’ll be giving the book away for free during and after the festival!

And yes, we do accept comics that have already been published elsewhere, as long as we like them and they fit into the theme.

Finally some NEWS!

Hello again, and welcome to our new website (designed by Kinga Dukaj)!

The new URL is www.cbkcomics.com (but the old one still works).

As you may have noticed, the site has been down for a while for maintenance/remodelling. We’re working on a new online shop that will be up soon, where we will sell all our books and where you can also find books from Tusen Serier, Wormgod and individual publications from the CBK crew. Why will we sell these books as well as our own, you ask? Well, it’s because some of our crew members are also part of these other groups, so we’ve started a cooperation for the distribution to help each other. This will be further developed in the future and books from more related groups will be added.

We are also in the process of moving! Since 2006, we’ve been part of the comics centre at Kulturhuset Mazetti. Now we’re moving in with Tusen Serier in their new space at Mitt Möllan, where we will have a studio/library/comic book shop/exhibition & workshop space. More on this later, when we’ve figured out a name for the place and a date for the moving-in party, which may also be the official release for our new issue: CBAvol30: A New Hope!

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15 years’ woth of books…
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Bookshelves!
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Exhibitions space!

Other things that are happening soon:
Submission call for CBAvol34-36
Celebration of our 15th anniversary

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Keep an eye out for future announcements!

Coming soon: CBAvol30!

We just sent CBAvol30 to the printer. With any luck it will be available before Christmas. We’ll keep you posted on our plans for release events etc…

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C’est Bon Anthology vol 30
A new hope
2015
100 pgs
Color
ISBN: 978-91-87825-04-0
First volume with comics by the new editorial crew! New design! New paper stock! New logos! New hope! This is a glimpse of an exciting future. We live in interesting times. See how we deal with it through our comics. Please do not be afraid.

Artists:
Mattias Elftorp [SE]
Steve Nyberg [SE]
Stefan Petrini [SE]
Kinga Dukaj [SE]
Christina Cromnow [SE]
Luddvig Melin [SE]
Henrik Rogowski [SE]
Emei Burell [SE]
Oskar Aspman [SE]
Special guest star: Frøydis Sollid Simonsen [NO/DK]
Cover artist: Mattias Elftorp [SE]
Interior illustrations: Kinga Dukaj [SE]

Release: Find me in this city

Releaseparty & exhibition of
CBA vol 31:
FIND ME IN THIS CITY
by Mari Ahokoivu

October 22 @ Biograf Panora (Friisgatan 19,  Malmö)
17-20
https://www.facebook.com/events/1610305892566412/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&action_history=null&source=3&source_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Find me in this city is a story about isolation, finding your self and learning to be alone. The book mixes fiction and autobiographic elements. The end result is a fictive story of a girl who has lost her face in a strange city. While she is looking for herself, the cat is looking for the scary yet intriguing dark character who the dog is calling Nightmare. But can you trust a dog who is always lying? 

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Find me in this city was first published 2009 in Finnish by Asema Kustannus. It was Mari Ahokoivu’s first graphic novel, although not her first published comic book. Other publications by Mari Ahokoivu includes ”Sarjakuvantekijän opas” (BTJ kustannus 2007), Lola Olifante (Éditions Cambourakis 2014-2015) and Sanni och Jonas (Rabén & Sjörgen 2015). 

Mari Ahokoivu (b.1984) is a Finnish comic artist and illustrator who draws comics for adults and for kids and has been published in Finland as well as abroad. She has studied comics in Finland, France and Sweden and now sometimes teaches comics herself. Ahokoivu enjoys watching movies and playing roller derby. At the moment she lives in northern Finland.

This release exhibition is part of the comics festival I Seriernas Värld 2015.

CBK release weekend (Oct 16-17)

releaseweekendTwo CBK releases coming up:

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October 16 @ Tusen Serier (Mitt Möllan, Claesgatan 8, Malmö):
What we knew by Sarah Kläpp: Exhibition and release party.
SPECIAL RELEASE OFFER: Get the book for only 100:- SEK (ordinarily 150:-)!!!
Facebook event

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October 17Plan B (Norra Grängesbergsgatan 19, Malmö):
Creation of a god / Att bygga en gud by Henrik Möller & Lars Krantz: Book release/signing. Premiere screening of Almtorget crew from Videodirekt/Möllerfilm. + secret new film by Chrzu. +Live band: Scraps of Tape 
+DJ
Facebook event 
Entrance: 50:- (Swish or cash) or 100:- including the book (ordinarily 150:-)!
(there will be only a limited amount of books available at the door so come early if you wanna be sure to get one)
Sign up is a MUST. Do it HERE!

Review: When the last story is told

Mark Badger has written about Allan Haverholm’s When the last story is told: 

You can’t consume this like a traditional comic, with no words you can’t even read it. As you you turn pages you have to ask yourself why? In a book, 61 collages become one object. As one object each panel now has a relationship with all the other panels. The first page with juicy thick white paint built over collaged paper declares itself as “Art” these days. A textural stamped black smudge runs out underneath panel 2 and leads the eye to turn the page.

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Another small chunk of light green paper sits over the bottom right corner, saying it’s time to turn the page. Which reveals a spread of stark black and white spread. The right pages second panels has a bar of orange peeping out over a scrim of paper. The first page is a checkerboard of dark and light texture, stamped, gestural and sprayed.

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Reading fiction develops your empathy as you meet new people. Most comics are trapped in this pattern, the reader is never asked to engage beyond the level of a college academic. “When the Last story is told” demands you awake and become alive to another’s existence. You have to walk in his shoes and experience the making of the drawings as they are recorded to the page. The reader has to look and engage with another real human being who has made this work. As in life, there are no heroes, there’s just another day, filled with trauma, joy, death and life. You can’t be entertained by empathy, by the hero overcoming their obstacles. I have to make the meaning out of the book. I have to wake up, think and be alive in the moment.

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