Interview With ‘CAPTAIN SWEDEN’s Creator – Jörgen Berthage

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Captain Sweden‘s creator: Jörgen Berthage

 

Geekeenboy meets the creator of Swedish superhero Captain Sweden. Read the interview with its creator and find out what inspires him, who ‘The Captain‘ is and what we could expect from both Jörgen and his creation. We wrote an article in which we presented the character to our readers, so you could read that aswell.
 

Q&A:

 

1. How did the idea of ‘CAPTAIN SWEDEN’ came to you?
Well, basically It came from the lack of Swedish or European Superheroes. We all know the American ones but if I ask you to name a Italian Superhero its not that easy.The swedish superheroes thats been  created here is mostly  parodys or joke orientated. I want to create  something else. A real supehero story set in a Scandinavian enviroment .First I came up with a concept of a Nordic superhero group but as the idea developed I decided to make him a much more independent  character. Now he is a Urban city lonewolf character protecting  Gothenburg.


2. Can you describe the superhero’s background?

Captain Sweden is actually a normal guy. No flasy superpowers. The story is about two brothers, Jonas and Tony Mendez who grow up in Gothenburg, Swedens’ second largest city. Tony Mendez is a Skatepro nicknamed “Captain Sweden”. One day when the two brothers return to a skatepark they discover a gang beating up another guy. Tony, who is the older brother, interferes and gets stabbed by the gangleader. Later Tony dies from his injuries. Jonas grows up alone with his mother who goes into a deep depression and gets hospitalized. Jonas decides to become a masked protector for the city . He takes the name of Captain Sweden as a secret honour to his late brother. The costume embodies the name.


3. What or which are you inspirational source/sources?
I grew up in the 80s so back then swedish kids could read Superman, Spiderman ,Tarzan they all had their own comics. Of course the Phantom was very popular here aswell and still is for many. On TV i watched Gi.Joe, Bravestarr all these cartoons and there even was a superhero teddybear called Superted  wich I loved when i was like 6 years old. Later on I was a huge Todd Mcfarlane fan and I remember when i got my hands on Spawn #1 in a comicbook shop in Gotheburg. I was so impressed with the artwork,those colours in the Image books where mindblowing. So I guess as an artist you take alot of inspiration from your childhood popculture and mix it with all the comics and cool movies you ever seen. As far as Comicbook artist goes, I looked up to John Byrne, Neal Adams, Todd Mcfarlane, Liefeld, all the Image guys was a huge influence. Nowdays I would say Tony S Daniel but I still follow Todds projects and the Image founders, Its nice to see those guys are still around 20 + years later. But I have gotten  better at finding my own style in later years, After alll  you dont want to be a copycat.To be original, to be a pioneer. Thats my ambition. To create something unique and entertain people.


4. Do you see, or should we see, any similarities with comic book characters such as ‘CAPTAIN AMERICA’ and ‘DEADPOOL’?

With Captain America, the obvious inspiration is in the name “Captain+Country” and the concept of creating a superhero costume that has elements of a flag in it, but thats basically it. Captain Sweden took that name to honour his dead brother who was known as “Captain Sweden” to the Skatecommunity. Therefore he is not a patrionic character in that sense.For Captain Sweden  Its a nickname not a military rank.

Captain America is a soldier, Captain Sweden is a civilan. Captain Sweden has no superpowers and is not controlled by the goverment or any organisation.He has more in common with, for example Batman than Captain America. Ive been asked about Deadpool before and I guess they mean the fully covered facemask but for me, my refrence was Spider-mans mask and the way swedish soccerfans paint their faces with the yellow cross and blue facepaint going to soccergames. I read alot of Liefelds Youngblood stuff in the 90´s but I wasnt aware of Deadpool until recent years when he became popular.  Again with the superpowers, his healingpower and the fact that Deadpool kills his enemies I dont see many similarities between them as characters.

 

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© Jörgen Berthage 2016
Sneak peek preview from the comics.

 

5. When can we read about ‘CAPTAIN SWEDEN’s adventures?
Early on I made a misstake an announced a Graphic Novel date that I couldnt hold so I wont do that again. Ive make everything myself from pencil artwork, inks, colouring and lettering so Its taken me a long time. Right now, I have a 10-pages coloured  comicbook story finished and I would love to submit that to Swedish  publisher. If that doesnt happen Im gonna go for selfpublishing maybe as a Kickstarter project.

In that case it will be a 22 page comic with 10 comicbook pages and the rest will be fact files on characters, artgallery, Maps and stuff like that. I used to love reading about secret lairs or like the Gi.Joe Fact files cards and Marvels Superhero files. Hopefully Captain Sweden fans will enjoy that aswell. It will be in Swedish first but I also want to make an english version that will probably be published online.There is some interesting projects  happening in small print companies here so an alternative is to publish my 10 pages in an Anthology comic so Im looking into that aswell. I will announce a specif publication date once its all decided. On captain swedens facebook page and twitter. My goal is still to make a Grapic Novel but this short story will be published first to satisfy my very patient Captain sweden Fanboys and Fangirls.

 

6. What more adventures are there to come to ‘CAPTAIN SWEDEN’?
Well only the future will tell for sure but Im getting new ideas all the time. Iwe written an short synopis fo a Christmas story that also is an origin story for one of Captain Swedens enemies.  A superhero is only as good as his villians so Im trying to come up with really great villains. To me, Batman has the best villains in Comics. The Joker, the riddler I mean, amazing characters. In the Captain Sweden Universe the characters dont really have superpowers but some have magical powers and things like Time or dimension portals is possible.The occult and supernatural events.  So for instance there might be an elseworld story where Captain Sweden finds himself in ancient  times.. The first story will be a origin intro and then cuts to  many years later when he acts as Captain Sweden.

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 © Jörgen Berthage 2016
Sneak peek preview from the comics

 

Sevärt På TV Ikväll: ‘THE STORY OF GOD’ With MORGAN FREEMAN På NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

The Oscar-winning actor embarks on an epic exploration of God in new National Geographic Channel series.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC från 22.00, ikväll.

Zlatan: “Kanske blir så att jag slutar i sommar” – TV4 Sport


TV4 Sport från 2016-03-28: Zlatan Ibrahimovic i en lång exklusiv intervju med TV4 och Fotbollskanalens Patrick Ekwall.
Text source: Youtube video description.

‘MARVEL: AVENGERS ALLIANCE 2’ THANOS Trailer


Available now.

The press release for the game:

Disney Interactive Games and Marvel Entertainment today announced that the new turn-based team role-playing game “Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2” is now available on the App Store®, Google Play™, Amazon App Store and the Windows Phone Store. “Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2” is the mobile sequel to the smash hit social game “Marvel: Avengers Alliance,” offering fans stunning visuals and a deep roster of Marvel Heroes to build the ultimate team.

“’Marvel: Avengers Alliance’ is Marvel’s most successful social game ever, captivating an audience of millions of passionate fans over the past four years with the stories of Marvel’s super heroes and super villains,” said Chris Heatherly, SVP & GM, Disney Interactive Games. “’Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2′ stays true to the roots of this successful game but with all new visuals and gameplay built for mobile players.”

In “Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2,” players will assemble a team of super heroes featuring the Avengers, Daredevil, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Wasp, and others to battle Ultron, Baron Strucker, M.O.D.O.K., and additional epic super villains. Commanders will team up with friends and other players from around the globe to prevail against deadly foes in story-based missions, Spec Ops, and more.

In this original storyline for “Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2,” pieces of the planet are disappearing, with entire cities vanishing without a trace. It is a mystery with a single clue: All of the disappearances are at previous sites of Incursions. Villains are taking advantage of the chaos, as well as the massive deposits of Iso-8 left behind by each disappearance. Each player must level up heroes, customize each hero with special abilities, and assemble the ultimate team to take into battle.

“The original ‘Marvel: Avengers Alliance’ attracted a worldwide fan base due to its great storytelling and unique gameplay,” said Peter Phillips, EVP/GM, Interactive and Digital Distribution, Marvel Entertainment. “’Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2′ expands on the original with exciting new missions and one of the most robust character line-ups in any Marvel game.”

Since its launch in 2012, the original ‘Marvel: Avengers Alliance’ has become the most successful Disney Interactive-published social game with nearly 70 million players, and over 100 super heroes and super villains for players to collect and nearly 1,600 different combat situations to battle through, including PVP Tournaments and Incursions.

“Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2” features include:

Create a Team: Players assemble the ultimate team to strategize and defeat evil forces in epic 3-on-3 combat.

Customize Heroes: Fans collect, level-up, and equip super heroes with unique abilities.

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More on Marvel.com: http://marvel.com/news/video_games/25968/play_marvel_avengers_alliance_2_now#ixzz44ibfaBbk

Se ‘STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS’ Online Med Undertexter

Har du inte sett den, eller vill se den igen eller helt enkelt väntar du på att DVD och Blu-Ray släpps, så kan du göra din längtan mindre jobbig. Du kan streama filmen, med svensk undertext. Länk finns längre ned.

http://swefilm.tv/watch/star-wars-episode-vii-the-force-awakens_tiybd/

‘MARKNADSFÖRINGENS HEMLIGHETER’ – En Dokumentär Av SVT Nu På SVT Play

Del 4 av 8: Exponering. Varumärken – hur skapas de egentligen? Vi är omgivna av dem ständigt. Men vad döljer sig bakom en framgångsrik reklamkampanj, och hur byggs egentligen ett varumärke upp? En inblick i hur de senaste strategierna i Europa och USA ser ut via sociala medier samt så kallad “förstärkt verklighet”. Samt hur vissa lyckas – där andra misslyckas helt.
Kan ses till tor 11 feb (4 dagar kvar)

Link: http://www.svtplay.se/video/6181839/marknadsforingens-hemligheter/marknadsforingens-hemligheter-sasong-1-avsnitt-4