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    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2008 edited
    I'm off on the road again this month.

    On 23 May, I'll be speaking at the Norwegian Film Institute. (Also appearing during this seminar are the major European comics figure Igort and the brilliant Killoffer.)

    I will also be appearing at the Oslo Comics Expo (fuck-all details on website at present) on Saturday 24th May at 17:00, doing an onstage Q&A. No plans for a signing.

    In real terms, this means that I arrive in Oslo airport tired and confused at 11 o’clock at night, attempt to get to central Oslo on my own without getting mugged or raped, locate my hotel, confirm that it’s not a crackhouse or a knocking-shop for backpackers, fail to sleep because I’ve timeshifted an hour, pass out around dawn, wake up five minutes later, jabber incoherently for two hours to a room full of filmmakers who don’t actually speak my language anyway, spend the next 24 hours staggering around town using the only two words of Norwegian I can remember ("thankyou" and "beer"), throw up over a small group of people at Comics Expo who were only standing there because they were looking for Killoffer, and then get myself conveyed back to the airport by ambulance on Sunday.


    See you there?
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    Ouch. I hope it goes significantly better than that.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2008
    I'll bring umbrellas.
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    I just like the fact that it ends with the Norwegian government deciding to get Warren the fuck out of their country instead of medical treatment.
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    My departures from Norway always seem to involve speeding cars...
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    Sounds like this trip will be fairly mild, then, by your standards.
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    Enjoy? Heh. Those sample pages of Killoffer's are fucking great!
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    Sounds like a hell of a time, then! I hope you do make it back in one piece.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2008
    Thanks for the Killoffer link, Warren. I've now bought his Six Hundred and Seventy Six Apparitions of Killoffer book. The man clearly deserves my money.
  7.  (2117.10)
    .....spend the next 24 hours staggering around town using the only two words of Norwegian I can remember ("thankyou" and "beer")

    Those are the only words that matter, imo. Have fun! And keep the plague to yourself, when you return.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2008
    So you're saying it'll probably go better than San Diego?
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    So you're saying it'll probably go better than San Diego?

    Scandinavian shows almost always go better than San Diego, because I'm not working from 9am to 1am and I have people to drink with.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2008
    I pretty much assume that San Diego is hell for any of the creators put on display.
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    Lots of info and program can be found at the Oslo Comics Expo facebook group (in norwegian, tho), no idea why they haven't cared to put any of it up on their webpage.

    I'll try to be there, depends on if the let me leave a bit early from work that day (which they should, since my work consists mainly in keeping myself updated on and selling comics and graphic novels).

    Also: No signing? Too bad, that would be immensely popular, if the news got out. There are a lot of Warren Ellis fans in Oslo, that I know of.
    • CommentAuthorAnyways
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2008
    I will probably be there, if I am not working late shifts that weekend.

    (asfaltkatt, you didn't happen to attend a photo workshop with Morten Krogvold in february, did you? I seem to recall your moniker from flickr)
    • CommentAuthorasfaltkatt
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2008
    @anyways Uh yeah, that's right... Who are you?

    I'm still not sure if I'll be getting of early, doesn't look good. I think I'll have to try to catch the filminstituttet-thin in stead.
    • CommentAuthorAnyways
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2008 edited
    Hints: Skinny, pale, got way more credit than deserved for his photos, name starts with J.

    I just found out I am working the late shifts, so I won't be able to make any days of the expo. Grr.
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2008
    Excuse me for my ignorance but how strong is the Norwegian comics scene. Who are the top writers and has much been published in English? Might be worth checking out.
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2008
    Not sure about what's published in english. Jason is the only international, translated name I can think of. Christopher Nielsen has done the comic-animated movie/TV leap (the movie "Free Jimmy"). At the Expo yesterday, I all I managed to catch was a panel of norwegian and american fanzineers drinking beer out of .5 cans and gabbling away in mostly horrible english. I ID'd the the Dongery gang and Rui Tenreiro up there. Tenreiro has a really beautiful book coming out now. Veterans Kverneland and Fiske are turning into a duo, mixing two completely different but exquisite drawing styles, making artist biographies and travel diaries.

    On the strip side, you've got commercially succesful series with titles like M, Nemi and Pondus as the most prominent. Some of them have been exported. (M does quite a few silent strips. Some are completely incomprehensible, but I keep finding funny stuff: It was the surge of popularity following the introduction of local-made newspaper strips rather than american syndicated ones which broke the way for mainstreaming norwegian underground comics, opening up state culture funds and resources.

    All of the norwegians I can remember are writer/artists, rather than one or the other. None of the guys who did licensed work for the 70's/80's comic generation has sought much publicity.
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    Warren Ellis

    Found here.