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Caroline Sury’s Papillons Poubelles

Posted in Uncategorized by brynzo on July 1, 2010

I was also lucky enough to get a present from Berlin.  My good friend Mads (check her blog) picked me up an amazing screen printed comic called Papillions Poubelles (translated ‘Butterflies Dustbins’) by french artist Caroline Sury.  Caroline is one half French publishing house Le Dernier Cri, which I wrote about last month.

Front cover of Papilons Poubelles

This book is lovingly assembled.  Every page is screen printed and the cover folds out to four A4 pages and has images on both sides!  The comic is in French, and I haven’t spent enough time translating it to know exactly what the story is about.  However, the images inside show the cost of our modern society on nature and humanity gone awry (although I could be way off). The art through out is dark in subject matter, disturbing at times,  but bright, almost glowing with colour.  It’s an interesting contrast.  The artists at Le Dernier Cri are really pushing the limits of hand made press.

Half of the extended cover

The second half of the extended fron cover

Inside cover

Inside cover

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Moolinex

Posted in Uncategorized by brynzo on June 17, 2010

After i posted about French publishing house Le Dernier Cri, I spent a bit of time looking at some of the artists they’ve published (in part figuring out which of their publications I wanted to buy).

French artist, Moolinex was one of the first to catch my eye.  I really liked his colourful mix of comic art, sexual imagery, 80’s iconography, abstract forms, collage and pop culture.  Even though his images are often chaotic, he’s an excellent draftsman and  has a great sense of design.

This dude is quite prolific too, he’s a visual artist; painter, sculptor, decorator and designer.  He’s also a musician, playing scuzzy lo-fi garage.  He performs with French garage band Magnetix.


Florence Beaugier describes Moolinex’s work as mix of “comic images, advertising, fashion, music, folk art, nothing escapes him, everything is swallowed and then regurgitated to feed the viewer with compelling images, all with a dark sense of humor. All mediums and materials  (type, collage, cutouts, painting, drawing, assembly, canvas, clothes) are used to serve not only an ironic and distanced iconography, but also show us the permanent and unavoidable issue that arises: how to build powerful images that are simple and funny?  And this, when dealing with  important topics like education, love, death, sex, rock and roll or 3rd Reich, makes the exercise all the more difficult.  His recipe? It is inexplicable, we can only distinguish a few ingredients, such as the ability to make the absurd outweigh the existential torment, his rejection of any form of censorship and complex view of complexity. Moolinex is fighting against the dogma, fatalism, and especially against intellectualism frantic plasticity and the aesthetics of today, more than resist, he argues, once again it opens a door.

Heavy.  I like his work though.  I think it’s cool.


You can buy Moolinex’s work from Le Dernier Cri here.


Le Dernier Cri

Posted in Uncategorized by brynzo on June 10, 2010

A few years ago, while visiting Berlin, I came a across a really great shop.  They had the most amazing zines and independent comics I’d ever come across!  They had stuff from all over the world.  I remember there werre quite a few comics in the store that shared a similar aestheic and content.  They were large format, entirely silk screened, bright, almost garish colours (often fleshy, errotic pinks, purples and neons) and were very expicit in what they depicted inside.  I loved their aesthetic straight away, although the explicitly sexual, often violent content didn’t do that much for me.  I bought one of these comics for my friend Eddie.  He  told me about its publisher, Le Dernier Cri.

Le Dernier Cri is a French underground publisher , specializes in silkscreen graphics, prints and comics. They were founded in 1992 by Pakito Bolino and Caroline Sury (another publishing duo like Speigelman and Mouly).  I guess I would describe what they publish as outsider art.  Le Dernier Cri don’t believe in censorship; a lot of what they print is highly explicit.

Although based in France, Le Dernier Cri publish work of underground or alternative comics artists from around the world.   In the store in Berlin I saw work from France, Germany and Japan.  Some of the artists published include Matthias Lehmann , Mike Diana , Caroline Sury , Henrietta Valium , Daisuke Ichiba , Matti Hagelberg , Stu Mead , Blexbolex , Quentin Faucompré , Moolinex , Charles Burns , Keita Ota , Reinhard Scheibner , Frederick Poincelet , Nuvish, The Brothers Guedin… seriously great stuff!

Here is the Le Dernier Cri blog  http://derniercrinews.blogspot.com/

Although I can’t remember the name of the shop in Berlin, here are my vague directions.

There is a place called Hackescher Markt, in East Berlin.  There is a cinema at the fork of two roads, Rosenthaler strous and Oranienburger Strous.  Next to it is an alley way covered in graph and stencil art.  Wander down, you’ll see some cool 90s industrial robots.  At the end of the alley you’ll find the book shop, a gallery and a bar.  The bar was fitted out by the same people who made the robots (I think the artists are famous?).  It’s all industrial and sci fi inside, pretty weird.  I really recommend going to this shop if you’re in Berlin.

Here’s the approximate spot on the map…

http://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=Sisley&hl=en&cd=1&ei=K8MJTOi4JcKNkAXCsZ3sDw&sll=52.523646,13.402248&sspn=0.006295,0.006295&ie=UTF8&view=map&cid=11642630664490475241&ved=0CC8QpQY&hq=Sisley&hnear=&ll=52.523955,13.401899&spn=0.001407,0.004128&t=h&z=19&iwloc=A