Last Saturday, I saw a documentary a b o 90s. It was c ut the the Danish peo ool. We successful in ple were there were al sports, of new music ge l kinds we had a socianres and cratic governm l demoOur last horent. been a kind de has composed to thof dark coolest things is. The ing from 2000 happenbeen slim-fit-09 has jeans and suits, th e w hole retro-vintage m o v e m ent and the fascina t i all things kit on of colorful from tsch and There has also he 80s. lot of right w been a litical shit ing poracism and capand the has grown withitalism lot of cultur it. A stitutions haval inclosed in that e been (also there decade. been really anhaven’t y subcultures a p p except for may earing emoism but mosbe some for kids 10 or t only It has been a under. fashion dominated d e c ade. However some g o o d extreme things i n c olor and fit spawne d o u tta this)
So I was really relieved when the clock turned 10:00 on N.Y.E. a few weeks ago. I had just bought a second-hand trasher magazine from ‘88 filled with pink and yellow colors, and kids with large holes in their jeans. I hope that the 10’s are gonna be a naturally better continuation of the 2000’s just as the 90’s were a natural product of some depressed years in the cold war 80’s. Christyan
Blazing Squids #01 Created and edited by Christyan Lundblad and Igor Noronha 300 copies Contributors: Carmen Hannibal, Samantha Torres, Kenneth Ladekjer, Drude Mandgaard, Denis Chapon, Igor-Alban Chevalier, Henrik Wallmark. Photos: Martin Bested Contact (temporary): firstname.lastname@example.org Financially supported by the Open Workshop. Our apologies to the Vegeterrible group, that was completely forgotten in the last issue. This magazine is freed from any political or commercial interests.
Carmen Hannibal, KAU 2009
Kenneth Ladekjer, KAU 2009
Christyan Lundblad, KAU03, OW
Samantha Torres, KAU09
Kenneth Ladekjer, KAU 2009
Christyan Lundblad, KAU03, OW
Drude Mangaard, KAU08
Carmen Hannibal, KAU 2009
Christyan Lundblad, KAU03, OW
Christyan Lundblad, KAU03, OW
INTERVIEW WITH “THE BLACK FROG”
Tell us shortly about your career so far. Did you go to art school, who have you worked for? Been here and there, did bibs and bobs for magazines, toys, Boardgames, videogames, TV ads, TV flicks, and major Hollywood movies as a designer/sculptor/Art director.
I’ve worked for the Jim Henson’s Creature Shop for a while and as a freelancer in the VXF industry for the past 15 years.
Was it difficult to get a green card/visa for working in the USA? Not really, I had previoulsly met the people who wanted me on my first american project in Italy on another job where I was the VFX art director. They were happy with my input, the production needed help and I went far and beyond the call of duty to make myself indispensable. The shift from Europe to America went smoothly, they got me a work visa and I started straight away. It all goes way faster when you already have a job offer. Where do you feel you developed the most, in school or working in the industry? Once I was out of school, definitely. I could be confronted to real problems, school for me was paved with frustration, most of the time having to do things I never would use in real life afterwards. Always been a free thinker… and a bad student… or maybe a free student and a bad thinker I’m not sure which.
You real passion is comic books, as far as I understood. When did you begin publishing? I find that the comic book medium is the only one allowing you to tell a story in both written and visual form and being from beginning to end in complete creative control. You can basically do everything yourself which is rare and precious. I started publishing illustrations in magazines when I was 20 and signed my first book deal in the states 7 years ago. Was it difficult to find the publisher? Is it major label publishing or a smaller firm? ->
No, I knew a guy who was in discussion with them for his art book and I just decided to pay them a visit to show my portfolio. They liked it and we agreed on the first book the very same day.
How was it working in USA? You didn’t seem too pleased about it. Very formative, they‘re brilliant at what they do. The Hollywood machine runs really smooth and that’s what’s beautiful about it. But working on projects so big and so expensive has also a downfall: people with money in them want to have their say, they usually get concerned
or scared, they want to make sure they will get their investment back and they meddle. Invariably, by the time they get to the screen, the movies are watered down so much, dulled down so much in comparison of what they were at the start that they only join the dumb pile of all-the-same-not-much-different which everyone will soon forget.
You can only go through the process of seeing a story being wheathered so many times before it gets to you.
What are your comics mainly about? Mhh… many things… anything really, I don’t have a “favorite theme” I like writing about whatever I fancy on the moment. It can be for children, or for adults, naïve or complex, action pact, more whimzical or surreal. I’m changing styles all the time to better suit the tales. I tend to like when there’s a bit of dream in them, when they make you travel I guess. And the future, is there a chance that you might get to live of doing comics? In the future yes, I calculated that after 50 books I should start to be ok. Hopefully, at the rate of 15 projects per year I should be able to reach this goal by 2014.
Trip to Angouléme
mI went to the biggest co pe ro ic book festival in Eu n). I last month (28-31 Ja terwas looking for an inr an national publisher fo own illustration book of mywith work and I went there de a Henric Wallmark who ma the comic book featured on sue. last pages of this is for a He also was looking publisher. th, We arrived on the 27 ex2 or 3 hours later than train pected. The French hard system is having a ason. time in the winter seds at We had booked some bed and a private couple’s be were breakfast place. Theyve us very friendly and ga
oundfood and drove us are all town so we could se ed to the locations we need visit the next day. basiThe Festival is tents cally a lot of huge , and spread all over town nds of inside them all ki . publishers had booths talThe town itself is to mic co ly infiltrated with reets book culture. The st tists are named after ar scinny such as Hergé and Go burger and the walls and with bars are ornamenteden the comic book art. Ev ok art museums have comic bo exhibited.
Day 1 We went to an area called New York place. We went there early to be there when the publishers would still be fresh in their heads. New York place was the tent where all the little indie publishers, art zines and D.I.Y. people had booths. I was a bit shy in the beginning but as we went further in to the tents I started talking to every new booth I went to. I had with me 50 test copies of my book and I gave it out if people seemed interested. We spent most of the day in there. Of deals I made that day I made an agreement to do a poster for one mag, talked about printing possibilities with a Croatian zine plus a lot of maybes from smaller or larger publishers.
Day 2 The next day we went to some other tents. They were major label publishers mostly, with some famous artists sitting at the booths with a row of fans in front of them, wanting the artist to sign their private copy with a drawing. Henric and I decided this was not where we would get our first release done. These people were big well-established people. I talked to a Parisian guy who had a publishing company where everybody could up-
load comics. People coul vote on them and the be d st ones would be printed an released. They were call d manolosanctis.com, check ed it out. We went back to NY Plac and I got an agreement e contribute with some of to work to some Bruxelle my based art zines. Among th sem was lazer.be In general this was very much a comic book event an only very few were inte d ested in illustrations rother work that was on or “one-frame-art”. “Do a co ly ic and we’ll look into it mthey said. Also, they ha ”, ve a tendency to want artist that fit into their specif s ic style or image. When we came back to the be and breakfast, a Belgiu d guy had moved in. He was m concept artist who releas a ed comics through a publishe but he didn’t make enou r gh to make a living out of it so he did freelance concep , art to get money. He ha t worked at big companies d in the US. He didn’t seem to pleased about it though. o interviewed him later abou I t it.
Day 3 On the third day we went around town to some museums. I went to the Marvel tent, a big show tent with loud music and all sorts of fans wearing red and black. On this day all of the tents were super crowded. Peo-
ple went around 5 cm from each other. Suddenly at NY Place a 12 year-old kid ran around with my passport in his hand. I said “Hey kid, c’est moi!” he gave it back to me. Later Morten Thorning came to town, all confused and we showed him around and he gave us a cup of tea at a cafe and later came Cav Bøgelund (former student of TAW and Film School).
Day 4 The next day I went home. I was so filled with new information I had to just stare into the train seat in front of me without thinking. I had gained a bunch of maybe cards from various publishers. Henric didn’t get a direct agreement either, but he didn’t expect to anyways. And even if I don’t get my book out straight away, I got some cool jobs for small art zines. And that was really cool and worth the whole trip.
Congratulation, Henrik! Now yo can retire with style :D
THE GUEST. Director: Henrik Malmgren Open Workshop
When Christyan said “I have a magazine”, I asked: -“Can I have a … you know … how do you call that in English, you know a kind of article in a news paper … you know that comes back every time … we call it “rubrique” in French. -Ja ja, “rubrik” in Danish. -Yeah that ! So can I have a “rubrique” about music ? -Yes, I have one already about music.” So, even tho I like his taste (in music, not in food … i’m still a bit french), I will just try to be different. Story of my life … And for this time, in my music library, I found THEM :
BARBATUQUES -1 .They play body percussion-based music. Which means that they use their body not to persecute some poor drums who didn’t behave but to hit themselves. Obviously, that technique comes from the cave age. There is a whole movement around it, now practiced in ghetto’s music with afro-american beats. -2 .They are from Brazil (Igor’s note: wonderful country). The great idea of that band is to combine that technique with Brazilian rhythms. An internet video shows one of the band’s member explaining that those rhythms are basically built on only 3 different sounds : A hit on the chest (=bom), A clap-your-
hands (=Clap), and a snapyour-fingers-baby (=snip snap). And then, on top, they build advanced rhythm, with a crazy diverity of body sounds. -3 .The story. He’s also explaining how he came to that kind of music: it was through a period when he had to walk a lot. Because he found himself whistling and chanting. And
after a while adding the percussions to that felt natural. But you’re not always walking around with a whole drum set. I very much identify with the guy. How did I get to know them? I happened to have only one song in my music library, you know that kind of mp3 that you have absolutely NO IDEA how it arrived, but YOU F**KING LOVE IT, pardon my French. That file was called
If you use Itunes, you can listen to my whole library thru the network. It’s called : Bibliothèque de « DJ Fromage »
‘Baião Destemperado’ with ‘Publicità NIKE’ as the artist name. I had that song for years before the idea came to purchasing the real artist’s name. One day, I wikipediated them, and about 30 min later I had ordered a the record online. If you enter “Barbatuques Chants de Marins” on YouTube, the first video is the one I talked about.
Damned, Damned, Damned by The Damned (Stiff 1979)
This is the debut album by The Damned, a British punk rock act from the 70s. In my book (and you ARE reading my magazine) this is the best punk record EVER. It sounds so fresh and energetic as if punk had just been invented last week. This is their first album and they didn’t really do anything later that could measure up to this one. “Machine Gun Etiquette” had some good songs on it but it is a different kind of goodness and not at all comparable to “Damned, Damned, Damned”, neither in energy nor effectiveness. The Damned signed to stiff records in ‘76, a label whose idea was to be a conduit for people who couldn’t find the
music business any other way.
Songs like “Fish”, “New Rose”, and “So Messed Up” will blow you away but a song like “I Feel Alright” (a Stooges cover) will instantly kill and ressurrect you in less than 7 seconds. It feels good. Believe me.
Anyways enough backstory. This album will probably change your life if you love rock as much as I do. I personally like to listen to this record in the morning while I’m still only wearing my underwear. It’s a kickass start on a good day.
The first 3000 copies were issued with a picture of Eddie and the Hot Rods on the backsleeve by “mistake”. This was how many they needed to sell to recoup the recording expenses also. Stiff records knew it would appeal to the collector’s market.
When they recorded this album, they treated the recording session like a live gig. Nick “Basher” Lowe, the “producer”, was nicknamed like this because this was his favorite recording method at the time.
Jam sessions in Viborg
Paletten, 5/February I arrived around 20:40. People were sitting down Eagles of Death Metal were on the loudspeakers. Bar in the corner. There were no guitars on stage so people were a bit hesitant, no one seemed to wanna go up there alone. Around 21:00 this guy from a band playing next door comes on stage saying that he came all the way from CPH just to play in Viborg, asking us to go see his band instead of being there. He tries to say some nice things about Viborg, but he just comes across as arrogant. Then he sits down starting to play the drums and the bass and singing
funky versions at Hendrix’ “Fire” and the Doors’ “Light My Fire”. He finishes, we clap politely, he leaves. Then I go on stage to ask a technician about a guitar, a guy hands me one. I play a non-chord tune I made up and sang while Anders the drummer (a regular guest at these Jams) did the drumming. After that, I went back to the sitting audience. It’s good to just go up there on stage just to break the ice. To remake the boundaries. After that I was free to move all over the room and could go on stage whenever I wanted to. After this, some regular jamming went on funkthings and Beatles songs and so on. Schooly stuff. Then a local teenage act started jamming with no passion at all. Then a folk guy who was quite good until he forgot his own songs. A Swedish band also from the next door concert came and played a nice 50’s sounding tune. They were way more respectful than this arrogant Copenhagen guy from before. And very well-dressed too. It gave a nice good mood to the jam. CGA08 boys Adrian, Lasse and Malte came up claiming they were not a real band and played the most consistent jam of the evening. It was a Melvins/Shellac-like style, it really got the energy going, some thing that this evening needed. It was really cool.
16 min later us Open Workshoppers executed a three song improvised set with me screaming and losing my shirt. People were into it. This was to me the climax of the evening. Then a hardcore act started playing some seriously gloomy metal. Denis went up there and started singing about the devil. It gave the song a nice irony to it and it was so much more fun to watch. The night ended with the OW band and røde Mads on drums doing a quiet alternative style song with the lyrics goin’ “New Day Rising”. After this, they turned on the lights and the jam was over. It was the first jam at Paletten. In general, it
seemed as if people found together there had been rehearsing together on their own. I felt more together like than the previous ones. In general pople were entertained its a nice development and it’s gonna be exciting to see what it evolves into the next year.
Animation directors from all over come to TAW to make 1-week films with the students! Some of them were:
“True Story”. Director: Alexei Alexeev
“1923”. Director: Max Hattler
“The Outsider”. Director: Jamie Caliri
“Lucia in the Sky with Diamonds” Director: Pritt Tender Congratulations to everyone involved!
- the Blazing Squids Team
â€œBut there has to be more!â€? by Hankataks