Tag Archives: copyright

Do you remember Pablo Parnasso?

25 Jan

Did I mention any problems with famous painters, photographers and copyrights? What the hell was I ranting about?

Pablo Parnasso and his cake

Admittedly, there might be a slight resemblance to a Spanish artist, depicted in a similar setting by a French photographer. But this really is Pablo Parnasso, one of the most famous Jibonka journalists of all times. All monsters remember his radio broadcast of the 1961 final at Nibbledon, when Brattenbock and Woolymob, those legendary Jibonka teams of the 60s and early 70s, met for an epic round of Jibonka. Parnasso was hoarse for almost four month after he screamed on the top of his lungs for solid 15 hours. Most memorably are his words: “Never has a Black Forest Cake been thrown in a more beautiful arch, never has it ended in a more spectacular mess of cream and crumbles.”

Be that as it may, in the later years of his carreer, he began to paint and had a big impact on artist circles and squares. In “Jibonka” we used his other famous quote: “There is no abstract cake” and show one of his great masterpieces, contain one of the few cubist cakes, art has produced in the 20th century.

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The trouble with Picasso

21 Jan

No, Picasso was not involved in the making of Jibonka. Not actively, at least. It took us a while, but he was long departed when we started. Yet, he is a troublemaker. How so?

On one page of Jibonka, we intend to use  this famous picture, taken by Robert Doisenau ( 1912-1994). While both painter and photographer have lamentably kicked the oxygen habit, there are still copy rights with the living heirs of Doisenau for many years to come. Of course, we made a significant change: on our version of the picture there is a Black Forest Cake on the plate in front of Picasso. It was quite tricky to get the view through the glass realistically, but Jörg knows his Photoshop.

The question now is: is an added cake enough change to just put the pic in the book and not worry about it any more? Probably not. So while I am typing this, Jörg is giving the famous man in the striped shirt a new distictive look, which makes him one of the cast of charakter that could play a role in Jibonka.

I’m certainly looking forward to what the man will look like when Jörg is done. And I’ll certainly post the result as soon as I have it.

A message to the taxman

20 Jan

This morning I read an article on Albert Uderzo’s fiscal problems in the paper. It’s not so much that he evades taxes (at least it was not mentioned), but that some official all of a sudden is no longer willing to accept Uderzo’s authorship of “Asterix and Obelix“, a hugely popular series of comic books in Europe sind 1959. The official now says, Uderzo was merely René Goscinny’s illustrating employee, and has therefore to pay 203.000 € tax for author’s royalties Uderzo had claimed illegally. While this seems ridiculous – after all, after Goscinny died in 1977 – Uderzo also wrote the texts starting in 1979 and both men have made it clear several times that they had developed “Asterix and Obelix” together, sitting on a balcony, drinking Pastis and smoking cigarettes – it makes me want to state the following:

Adewani is a team of a writer (Achim Wagner) and an artist (Jörg Nittenwilm).
We don’t smoke.
We never had a Pastis together, we prefer coffee while working.
We work as a team.
Should we ever sell a copy, we share 50-50.
Development of text and illustrations are inseparable. Hence the joint name Adewani.

Who knows, maybe one day some fiscal officer gone wild might accuse one of us to be a fraud. In this case this post should set him right: The idea came up in a Café (Winzig) in Andernach, Germany in 2006.
We sat at a table too small for all the children’s picture books (for reference on what has been done by others). I had three stories to choose from, but soon after our third coffee I came up with an idea for another, which of course we jumped upon – together. Jörg did a few sketches of office appliances gone wild (they were soon replaced by “monsters”), we spun the story a little further and had some more coffee. Needless to say that the story changed a lot over the following weeks, but so did the sketches. As soon as the characters had their faces their character became ore clear and so illustration and text influenced each other along the way. So, Mr. Taxman of the future – it was all done by Adewani. Together.