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Kring, Paul Arne > Danish Comic Artists > Kring, Paul Arne
Danish comic artist Paul Arne Kring (Sørensen) was born in 1953. In 1975 he completed a 5-year education at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen. After that he was associated with the theater for many years, where he could apply his special interest in props and sets in order to present untraditional performances for children and adults.

Kring had already begun creating comics while still at the School of Arts and Crafts, and had a special interest in costumes, science fiction and the 1920’s. Most of his comics ended up in the desk drawer, but a few became known to the public. In 1974 Kring’s Weneetryhl Axtryhl appeared in the amateur fanzine Sejd, published by Freddy Milton. This work was a pastiche of Forest’s science fiction series, Barbarella. In 1977 the same fanzine published the crime strip about the female detective Kit MacCoy, set in New York in 1927. The strip was characterized by Kring’s nostalgia for the silent films, clothes, interiors, cars, etc. of the 1920’s, and peopled by American actors of the next two decades as the players in the action.

Kit MacCoy was reprinted in the comics magazine Danske tegneserier (Danish Comics) in 1982, which published Kring’s 8-page thriller Ushebti the same year. Ushebti told of the opening of an Egyptian burial chamber and was, in contrast to Weneetryhl Axtryhl and Kit MacCoy, characterized by a sure and consistent style, including the figures. This work pointed the way towards Paul Arne Kring’s professional breakthrough in comics. That came in 1988, when Ekstrabladet’s publishing house released his album The Man on the Beach (Manden på stranden) - a detective series with an unfailing sense of style, nuanced character depictions, and "Roaring Twenties" Copenhagen as a striking background. The active center of the plot is the detective writer Bolette Hansen, who must solve her first crime mystery in this story. In 1989 and 1990 the series continued with new album-episodes in the newspaper Ekstrabladet’s Saturday supplement, until it stopped in 1990. The comic about Bolette Hansen also stopped until 1992, when it temporarily reappeared in the comics magazine Crazy Streaks (Gale streger).

Hopefully, the future will bring more episodes of Bolette Hansen, for the series shows Paul Arne Kring to be a skillful and careful storyteller, who knows how to turn a good story into a comic with dynamic, cinematic layout. And to be a master of details which add to the series’ true-to-period atmosphere. In the early 1980’s Paul Arne Kring also made a short-lived attempt at drawing Vilhelm Hansen’s Petzi (Rasmus Klump) for the press agency PIB Copenhagen.

Recently (2008) Paul Arne Kring published a new graphic novel, re-inventing his 1960's heroine Weneetryhl in a science fiction story called "Weneetryhl year 25.060". Gallery Comicart.dk is proud to add original pages by Kring to our ever-growing treasure chest of original art of the best kind. This is a comic art rarity that deserves international attention.


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