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Komiks dot Dee Kay, j’accuse.

May 19, 2008

The countdown clock is ticking for this year’s Danish comic festival, Komiks.dk, held on May 31st and June 1st.
Like previous years, I have been invited to participate, and once again, I find myself wonderfullly under-utilized and free to do whatever I want. Which usually amounts to hanging out with colleagues during and after opening hours.
One signing of Black Mouth is scheduled on Sunday June 1st (at the Faraos Cigarer stall), but there will probably be another on Saturday at the Brun Blomst stall. Otherwise I will be at Gimle Studio’s booth most of the time, doodling, humming, having a laugh.. Wasting time. The usual.
Lest we forget the other guests, the festival has managed to attract such alternative (ie, non-superhero, non-duck and off-mainstream bande-desinées) creators as have been lacking in previous years. David B (Epileptic, Babel), Martin tom Dieck (!!!!!) and theorist Thierry Groensteen are attending this year, along with more reader-friendly Italian fumettioli (is that a word?) Barbucci & Canepa (Sky Doll) and Duck-maestro Giorgio Cavazzano.

I make light of the fact that I haven’t been callled to participate in panels and such, but I can’t help noticing that my book has been casually omitted from the shortlist for the grand prize of the festival. The decision has to do with the publication date, I’m told, but books published on the same date have been taken into consideration, and I suspect there are other motives to the lapse. My publisher was told off the record that Black Mouth has had enough media coverage as it is, and it is true that I went on national tv twice in promotion of the book.
Well, pardon me for getting air time. I’m sorry for getting good reviews. And I’m terribly sorry that the nominators of the festival don’t see that as a value. Really. But one mustn’t forget that the festiva at this point is a non-profit event, and the people behind it, enthusiast grassroots. For their effort and engagement, I salute them.

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Flock on!

April 25, 2008

:p Whatta dumb headline!
Well, I’m testing the Flock browser, specifically the onboard blog editor – literally, as I write this.

Overall, Flock seems pretty cool, based as it is on Firefox, only integrating certain add-ons as core elements. With Flock comes the power to blog anything, directly through the browser interface; being constantly connected to friends and (more likely) virtual acquaintances through the most popular networking services; following their online movements (!) using services like me.dium

While I’m sure some people need instant connectivity to all and any web2.0 service, I would really, really like the ability to turn some of them off in Flock. Like, say, Facebook, YouTube, any ‘media sharing’-services, and the blogging providers I don’t use …

Call me picky, but does anybody have simultaneous Blogger, Blogsome, Live Journal, TypePad, WordPress and Xanga accounts?! Other than the bloggers who, goldfish-like, refuse to learn from the first dotcom bubble and imagine they will become millionaires overnight, just by posting 24/7 about some cleverly angled personal fascination? Sorry, I’m a couple years too old to fit that bill. So, sadly, are some of the aforementioned.

But other than the beautyspot of lacking a customizable interface, Flock is growing nicely on me. Not all the possibilities for extending myself onto the web are superfluous annoyances. Some I’d never heard of, others are being reconsidered now that I have them collected right here in my browser.

<sore conscience>Trouble is, although I am doing this to make my (still under reconstruction) website more interesting and extrovert, the research is taking time I could spend rebuilding it.</sore conscience>

Let’s set a date then, shall we? A deadline of sorts. The grand opening of the newly improved haverholm.com is to be taking place two weeks from now. It’ll be really nice and quiet, since nobody reads this, but what the hell … See ya there!

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Mouth for War

March 30, 2008

An excerpt of some lyrics that have followed me since my teens –

 Now a new look in my eyes my spirit rise
Forget the past
Present tense works and lasts
Got shit on
Pissed on
Spit on
Stepped on
Fucked with
Pointed at by lesser men

New life in place of old life
Unscarred by trials

A new level of confidence and power

Which have to be followed by –

 I see you had your mind all made up you group of pitiful liars.
Before I woke to face the day, your master plan transpired.
Something told me – this job had more than meets the eye.
My song is not believed? My words somewhat deceiving?

Now I’m unwhole.

Youve waged a war of nerves
But you cant crush the kingdom
Can’t be what your idols are. Can’t leave the scar.
You cry for compensation.
I ask you please just give us…

5 minutes alone

The first was ‘A new level’, second ‘5 minutes alone’. Both written by Phil Anselmo. They somehow seemed fitting.