Homo Norvegicus

Posted by on September 2nd, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Christopher Nielsen's book from 2000, which the title refers to.Ever wondered what kind of comics they’re making in Norway?

Who the best  artists are and what kind of stuff they create?

No? Well, anyway, this blog will give you all the answers!

Growing up in a country situated on the top of the world  with a density of 31 people per square mile (only 4,8 million inhabitants) will easily increase any human feeling of alienation, loneliness and encourage asocial behaviour.

That’s probably why the amount of comics and graphic novels published in Norway pro year is quite large, and why the main characters tend to be unopenminded loners with a somewhat pessimistic/realistic world view.

If you know of one norwegian comics creator it’s probably Jason. His work’s impressive and should definitely be checked out, but since he’s an international known artist by now, I’ll be focusing on the lesser international known comics creators.

As if we weren’t  isolated enough, we also keep our selves with three official languages, and none of them are english.

Lars Fiske's epic tale about the struggeling poet MatjeThe language barrier may therefore be a problem for those of you who’d like to read some of the books here mentioned, but I hope these articles will work as an introduction and that the sheer joy of  the art-work will make them worth while your time anyways.

Since I’m currently living in Berlin, Germany, I may put some german artists or events into this blog as well, but the main focus will be on the norwegian scene.

I’ll appreciate any questions or comments, and truly look forward to post my articles here.

A little bit about me:

I graduated with a master’s degree in philosophy two years ago and I’m currently working as a translator, journalist and critic on a freelance basis.My mother tongue is norwegian, which explains all the grammatical errors here, and as for my taste in comics I tend to like the alternative, arty stuff, but I’d also be totally content on a desert island with the collected works of Frank Miller, at least for a week.

I’m also writing for the Swedish and Norwegian “Rocky magasinet” on a regular basis. “Rocky” is Scandinavias’s most popular comic strip, which you should definitely check out, the first book, “The Big Payback” is awailable from Fantagraphics.

Bendik Kaltenborns surrealistic stories and magnificent art work earned it the price for the best graphic novel of the year 2009.

Martin Ernstsen tells the story of two lonely fishermen living together on a small island in the north of Norway, but none of them are enjoying the company..

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