It's sunday evening here in Malmö, Sweden and I'm back in town after a few days away. Having mostly relaxed this weekend. I watched 101 Dalmatians on DVD and I had a great dinner at a greek reataurant last evening just to mention two things I did.
I also bought the remaining "Fredrik" strips by Torvald Gahlin that I showed some samples from in an earlier post. And this evening I'm scanning them and making them ready for print. Thinking about making a very, very, very limited edition of all the strips I found (31) before the originals are scattered with the wind.
Below are two panels showing what they looked like before and after they were digitally restored. Isn't Photoshop a wonderful tool? :)
PS. For those of you who wonder what happened with my Adv. of Patsy project: I'm still hoping to find more strips to make my runs complete before doing more. If you got strips and are willing to loan or sell me, please let me know!
Also: I recently saw that there are two volumes of 1938 dailies for sale on eBay. (Publ. by Tony R.) Anyone who got those? Is the reproduction good? Excellent? Or terrible?
Sunday, 6 April 2008
Sunday, 16 March 2008
Have you ever dreamt about walking in to an antique store just to find a stack of original art among the old lamps, tables and used tin soliders? And the artwork then turns ot to be comic strip art from 1940? And by an artist you happen to like and never seen original art by before?
That happened to me two days ago. Not in a dream but for real. :)
The artwork seen here is from a strip named "Fredrik". Drawn ca. 1940 by swedish artist Torvald Gahlin (1910-2006). (One of the strips I bought is dated July 24, 1940.) He's most known for his "Salon Gahlin" in Dagens Nyheter and "Klotjohan" and he did "Fredrik" between 1934 and 1973 according tho sources on the net.
Anyone who knows for sure if it really ran all those years?
Judging from the samples in the stack there were some recurring characters besides Fredrik in the strip. Two small black birds and a mean wolf. The two samples below (wich I had to scan as two pieces each since they were too large for my A3 scanner) showcases all three.
Most of the jokes in the strip are pretty dated. Jokes about he war and local events in Gothenburg. But the two strips here will probably still be understood by everyone 68 years after they were made. I hope you enjoy them just as much as I do.
Finding them really made my day!
Anyone who knows what happened to the rest of Gahlins artwork?
Are there any "Klotjohan" strips out there?