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In recent years Scandinavia has become a hotbed of cartooning activity, from the internationally acclaimed funny-animal stylings of Norway’s Jason to the hilarious slacker romps of Sweden’s Martin Kellerman and Dane Nikoline Werdelin’s Eisner-Award-nominated urban slice-of-life stories. This anthology of comics — many of them created especially for this book — offers an in In recent years Scandinavia has become a hotbed of cartooning activity, from the internationally acclaimed funny-animal stylings of Norway’s Jason to the hilarious slacker romps of Sweden’s Martin Kellerman and Dane Nikoline Werdelin’s Eisner-Award-nominated urban slice-of-life stories. This anthology of comics — many of them created especially for this book — offers an intoxicating and compelling sampling of current works from these countries. Skaal! Jenni Rope [Finland] tells a minimalist tale of heartbreak in “The Island”; Peter Kielland’s [Denmark] Mr. Pig has an eventful day; Joanna Rubin Drang- er [Sweden] is “Always Prepared to Die for My Child”; Crumb-esque satirist Christopher Nielsen [Norway] boils down all of life to an eternal journey up the “Escalator”; Tommi Musturi [Finland] provides two full-color Jim Woodring-esque romps featuring his “Samuel” character; Johan F. Krarup [Denmark] visits a compulsive comics collector in “Nostalgia”; plus Bendik Kaltenborn’s [Norway] “The Great Underneath,” a dazzling wordless piece from Mardøn Smet [Denmark], the legendary Swedish cartoonist Joakim Pirinen’s ultra-virtuoso “My Life,” Drawn & Quarterly-published Amanda Vähämäki’s [Finland] pencil-smudged stylings, and much more.


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In recent years Scandinavia has become a hotbed of cartooning activity, from the internationally acclaimed funny-animal stylings of Norway’s Jason to the hilarious slacker romps of Sweden’s Martin Kellerman and Dane Nikoline Werdelin’s Eisner-Award-nominated urban slice-of-life stories. This anthology of comics — many of them created especially for this book — offers an in In recent years Scandinavia has become a hotbed of cartooning activity, from the internationally acclaimed funny-animal stylings of Norway’s Jason to the hilarious slacker romps of Sweden’s Martin Kellerman and Dane Nikoline Werdelin’s Eisner-Award-nominated urban slice-of-life stories. This anthology of comics — many of them created especially for this book — offers an intoxicating and compelling sampling of current works from these countries. Skaal! Jenni Rope [Finland] tells a minimalist tale of heartbreak in “The Island”; Peter Kielland’s [Denmark] Mr. Pig has an eventful day; Joanna Rubin Drang- er [Sweden] is “Always Prepared to Die for My Child”; Crumb-esque satirist Christopher Nielsen [Norway] boils down all of life to an eternal journey up the “Escalator”; Tommi Musturi [Finland] provides two full-color Jim Woodring-esque romps featuring his “Samuel” character; Johan F. Krarup [Denmark] visits a compulsive comics collector in “Nostalgia”; plus Bendik Kaltenborn’s [Norway] “The Great Underneath,” a dazzling wordless piece from Mardøn Smet [Denmark], the legendary Swedish cartoonist Joakim Pirinen’s ultra-virtuoso “My Life,” Drawn & Quarterly-published Amanda Vähämäki’s [Finland] pencil-smudged stylings, and much more.

30 review for Kolor Klimax: Nordic Comics Now

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    May 2013: I wrote a review of this book for The Comics Journal online (tcj): http://www.tcj.com/reviews/kolor-klim... Below is my original Goodreads mini assessment from early 2013: Yay, more comics from the Nordic countries! I'm generally pretty obsessed with the Scandinavian and Nordic countries, though I've only been to the Netherlands twice, which doesn't even count because it's not Nordic, oops; and Iceland once; that, coupled with my alt-comics obsession, makes anthologies like this a real May 2013: I wrote a review of this book for The Comics Journal online (tcj): http://www.tcj.com/reviews/kolor-klim... Below is my original Goodreads mini assessment from early 2013: Yay, more comics from the Nordic countries! I'm generally pretty obsessed with the Scandinavian and Nordic countries, though I've only been to the Netherlands twice, which doesn't even count because it's not Nordic, oops; and Iceland once; that, coupled with my alt-comics obsession, makes anthologies like this a real treat for me. (See also volumes 1 & 2 of the In The Shadow of the Northern Lights collections for comics by Swedish cartoonists.) Nordic alt-comics are far more elliptical than American comics tend to be, often ending somewhat obliquely or even abruptly, so they can take some getting used to. Even though a few pieces in Kolor Klimax may leave you scratching your head, wondering what the hell, the art is quite strong overall - beautiful (but not slick) visuals can often trump a lesser narrative for me, especially with Euro comics for some reason. Anyway, I liked most everything here, but among my particular favorites are "In The Night," another spooky-ooky tale drawn by Finland's Amanda Vähämäki in her signature smudgy pencil style; a delightfully scatological short from another favorite Nordic artist of mine, Sweden's Kolbeinn Karlsson; the existential musings of "Relocating Mother" by the Danish duo of Mikkel Damsbo & Gitte Broeng; the lovely minimalist black & gray watercolors of Jenni Rope; several gorgeously colored pantomime "Samuel" strips by Tommi Musturi, and "This is My Life," a cleverly satirical autobiography by legendary Swedish cartoonist Joakim Pirinen. Any fan of Euro alt-comics in general would be well-advised to check this volume out. (Back in May 2013 again) Bottom line whatever month we're in, it's good book, get it if you like Euro or Nordic alt/art comics

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emilia P

    I very much want to understand the breadth of the European comics scene, and so I picked this up ostensibly for research. It was fine -- it made me realize how much of our indie, meandering, sad-sack weirdo comics are influenced by these dudes (and probably vice versa). It's all very vague and vaguely sad and dream-worldly and ...feh. It's fine. But a lot of it feels very like "I could that!" There was one totally vague and mopey story about a dude taking care of a baby ghost (like...a cute litt I very much want to understand the breadth of the European comics scene, and so I picked this up ostensibly for research. It was fine -- it made me realize how much of our indie, meandering, sad-sack weirdo comics are influenced by these dudes (and probably vice versa). It's all very vague and vaguely sad and dream-worldly and ...feh. It's fine. But a lot of it feels very like "I could that!" There was one totally vague and mopey story about a dude taking care of a baby ghost (like...a cute little white sheet kind of ghost) and watching TV while giving it a bottle, and a thunderstorm, that for some reason I really enjoyed, but as a whole, it made me want PLOT! Character! A reason for living! Nordic Countries! Shape up or ship out! That is an order! <3

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    Favorites from the collection, make me want to dive deeper into their work. Sadly, not much of it is translated though I will keep seeking out the work I most enjoyed: Jenni Rope The Island Nostalgia Johan F Krarup Scout Joanna Hellgren Relocating Mother Mikkel Damsbo and Gitte Broeng Love Song Ville Ranta

  4. 4 out of 5

    Briana

    A lovely little collection of Norwegian artist comics.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Whatsupchuck

    A collection of Nordic comics. Some were amazing, others not. It's a collection, that's what one gets. A collection of Nordic comics. Some were amazing, others not. It's a collection, that's what one gets.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Will

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    John Seven

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maplebaroverlord

  10. 5 out of 5

    Surya Prasath

  11. 4 out of 5

    Verity Bracken

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christian Jess Mark

  13. 5 out of 5

    matthew sean higgins

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robert Boyd

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alec`

  16. 4 out of 5

    izzy_my

  17. 4 out of 5

    Felix Paulsen

  18. 5 out of 5

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    Alex

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mr. Terrible

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sergio

  22. 4 out of 5

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    ariane

  26. 5 out of 5

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    Laura

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    Ania

  29. 4 out of 5

    Skylar

  30. 5 out of 5

    amy boese

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