The AltCom Anthology is an an international comics anthology that is always given out for free during and after The AltCom festival in Malmö, Sweden.
The first AltCom event took place in 2004 and was organized by C’est Bon Kultur. In 2010 it became a bi-annual comics festival for alternative/underground/small press comics, run by Mattias Elftorp for the Swedish Comics Association. From 2016 it’s back with CBK, organized together with Tusen Serier. Here you can find what’s happened before:
AltCom 2014: POSTAPOKALYPS: December 2012, only months after the last AltCom festival, was supposed to bring the end of the world (or of time). At least if you trusted the old Mayan calendar, believed to be one of the oldest prophetic tools. So let's say it was. Then this is two years later. Imagine the possibilities! What is the world like, two years after the end? When there's no more preset parameters for what life on Earth is, what does it look like?
AltCom 2012: NO BORDERS: Borders exist everywhere. Between nations, people, cultures and artforms. AltCom 2012 explores other ways to do things. Through the medium of comics we look at a world with NO BORDERS.
AltCom 2010: SEX & WAR:
WAR. If you haven't been in a war situation yourself, chances are you know someone who has. Or one of you neighbors that you meet in the elevator has. Or at least you've seen it on TV. Depending on our experiences, we may have differing views on the concept of war, but these different views seldom meet. There's a tendency in our society to only talk about what's nice and harmless. And no matter how exciting it looks in the movies, war is neither nice nor harmless. All the same it is something that we need to talk about.
SEX. Sex is antother subject surrounded by a certain lack of communication, even though it is always present. On film, in advertising, magazines and in our daily human relations.
AltCom started as early as 2004 and was held as a minifestival arranged by C’est Bon Kultur in conjunction with the release of C’est Bon Anthology 1.
The AltCom 2016 festival will take place in Malmö, July 28-31.
We sell our time, we sell great portions of our lives and how much we are worth seems to differ a lot depending on whom we sell ourselves to, on the work environment and what kind of tasks we have. We are often cheaper the more our work tears down our bodies. Also often depending on who we are, where we come from, etc.
Some work with owning and administering capital and means of production. Others work with cleaning their offices. Some of us work in cooperatives, others in large or small corporations. Some are run their own companies because of their entrepreneurial spirit, others because they have to to get jobs in their line of work. Some are making phone calls, bothering people, and it’s permitted and encouraged only because it’s a job. If you’d do it on your own time it wouldn’t be ok.
And some don’t have a “real” job but do other things, like selling sex, begging, selling drugs. Jobs that don’t count as jobs but follow the same basic rule: you sell goods or services for money, or you satisfy the customers’ view of what you are (the image of the whore, the image of the poor). There is also danger involved; the risk of being subjected to violence both from the people you deal with at work and from the police, the ones whose job it is to protect (some of) us.
And then we have Phase 3 (Swedish measure for long-term unemployed), where employers often receive more money than the ones selling their work through institutionalized coercion. Where people are expected to work for someone who doesn’t provide a real salary. In a way, but not at all, like the slaves who harvest the cocoa, the coffee or the diamonds that we happily consume, pretending that there’s no cost in human blood.
And there is the unpaid work that’s performed on equal terms, where everyone works for free for something they believe in, where money is not the driving force.
What is your work? How is it organized? Who gets the profits? How much of your time is spent on work? Does a job have to be so much work? What can you do to improve the situation at your workplace? Thoughts to think of, questions to answer…
Maybe you will find some answers in the festival anthology, at the exhibitions or at the comics market during AltCom 2016, the fourth edition of Malmo’s underground comics festival.
Risks and challenges
This is not the first time we've printed the anthology and we've not encountered any problems so far. The only thing we can come up with is not raising enough funds to make it possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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