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Moomin Book One: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip

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ISBN13: 9781894937801
ISBN10: 1894937805
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Tove Jansson, a Finnish author and illustrator, drew these comics for the Onday Evening News in the 1950s. Many people know and love her books, but have never seen these amazing comics. Thanks to Drawn & Quarterly, now's your chance! Perfect for both kids and adults.
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The enchanting comic strip that introduced adult readers to the wonderful world of Moomin.

Tove Jansson is revered around the world as one of the foremost children's authors of the twentieth century for her illustrated chapter books regarding the magical worlds of her creation, the Moomins. The Moomins saw life in many forms but debuted to its biggest audience ever on the pages of the world's largest newspaper, the London Evening News, in 1954. The strip was syndicated in newspapers around the world with millions of readers in forty countries. Moomin Book One is the first volume of Drawn & Quarterly's publishing plan to reprint the entire strip drawn by Jansson before she handed over the reins to her brother Lars in 1960. This is the first time the strip will be published in any form in North America and will deservedly place Jansson among the international cartooning greats of the last century.

The Moomins are a tight-knit family – hippo-shaped creatures with easygoing and adventurous outlooks. Jansson's art is pared down and precise, yet able to compose beautiful portraits of ambling creatures in fields of flowers or on rock-strewn beaches that recall Jansson&'s Nordic roots. The comic strip reached out to adults with its gentle and droll sense of humor. Whimsical but with biting undertones, Jansson's observations of everyday life, including guests who overstay their welcome, modern art, movie stars, and high society, easily caught the attention of an international audience and still resonate today.

Review:

"From 1953 to 1960, the late Finnish artist Jansson drew a comic strip about her creation Moomin for the London Evening News. Though the strip was an enormous success around the world, this is the first North American edition of an expressive and endearing classic. Moomin's stories begin simply (he needs to rid his home of freeloaders, or goes on a family vacation) and snowball into a series of amusing, whimsical misadventures, which can involve elements of the fantastic, like magic, monsters and ghosts. Although Moomin, his parents and his girlfriend, Snorkmaiden, are trolls, they look like friendly hippopotamuses. Moomin is reminiscent of a big, chubby baby; there is something of Charlie Brown in him: Moomin is like a child beset by life's troubles and usually (but not always) too passive to get angry and fight back. Adults should appreciate Jansson's satire — although she always provides happy endings, dark undercurrents are at play: one episode opens with Moomin attempting suicide; reunited with his missing parents, he's abandoned by them again. Jansson's deceptively childlike style masterfully conveys her characters' personalities. Moomin's mouth rarely appears, but his eyes, his brows and his gestures are expressive and endearing." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The gentle ribbing Jannson gives midcentury Western culture...delighted sophisticates then and should charm their progeny now." Booklist

Synopsis:

The enchanting comic strip that introduced adult readers to the wonderful world of Moomin

Tove Jansson is revered around the world as one of the foremost children's authors of the twentieth century for her illustrated chapter books regarding the magical worlds of her creation, the Moomins. The Moomins saw life in many forms but debuted to its biggest audience ever on the pages of the world's largest newspaper, the London Evening News, in 1954. The strip was syndicated in newspapers around the world with millions of readers in forty countries. Moomin Book One is the first volume of Drawn & Quarterly's publishing plan to reprint the entire strip drawn by Jansson before she handed over the reins to her brother Lars in 1960. This is the first time the strip will be published in any form in North America and will deservedly place Jansson among the international cartooning greats of the last century.

The Moomins are a tight-knit family-hippo-shaped creatures with easygoing and adventurous outlooks. Jansson's art is pared down and precise, yet able to compose beautiful portraits of ambling creatures in fields of flowers or on rock-strewn beaches that recall Jansson's Nordic roots. The comic strip reached out to adults with its gentle and droll sense of humor. Whimsical but with biting undertones, Jansson's observations of everyday life, including guests who overstay their welcome, modern art, movie stars, and high society, easily caught the attention of an international audience and still resonate today.

About the Author

Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001) was a legendary Finnish children's book author, artist, and creator of the Moomins, who came to life in children's books, comic strips, theater, opera, film, radio, theme parks, and television.

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julieb43, March 23, 2009 (view all comments by julieb43)
I can still remember adoring Tove Jansson's comic book creations, as well as her books, when I was in primary school in the 70's.

I loved the Moomins--such strange and delightful characters!

They were different than most North American comic book characters--more of an alternative style. I was just a kid though and didn't care about styles--the magical stories and the eccentrically endearing characters captivated me.

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Douglas, November 7, 2007 (view all comments by Douglas)
Charming! Of course, "charming" is a death-knell of a cliche describing many books and films. This collection of the Moomin comic strip showcases a unique cartooning style and unusual choices in dialogue and plot. Moomin IS charming, by which I mean appropriate for children, but the characters are intelligently designed and the humor works for the adult reader. Moomin takes the cliche out of charming. It's charming!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781894937801
Author:
Jansson, Tove
Publisher:
Drawn & Quarterly
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
Comics & Cartoons
Subject:
CGN006000
Subject:
Moomins (Fictitious characters)
Subject:
Form - Comic Strips & Cartoons
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
General
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Literary
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-White Illustrations
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
12.00 x 8.50 in

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Tove Jansson, a Finnish author and illustrator, drew these comics for the Onday Evening News in the 1950s. Many people know and love her books, but have never seen these amazing comics. Thanks to Drawn & Quarterly, now's your chance! Perfect for both kids and adults.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "From 1953 to 1960, the late Finnish artist Jansson drew a comic strip about her creation Moomin for the London Evening News. Though the strip was an enormous success around the world, this is the first North American edition of an expressive and endearing classic. Moomin's stories begin simply (he needs to rid his home of freeloaders, or goes on a family vacation) and snowball into a series of amusing, whimsical misadventures, which can involve elements of the fantastic, like magic, monsters and ghosts. Although Moomin, his parents and his girlfriend, Snorkmaiden, are trolls, they look like friendly hippopotamuses. Moomin is reminiscent of a big, chubby baby; there is something of Charlie Brown in him: Moomin is like a child beset by life's troubles and usually (but not always) too passive to get angry and fight back. Adults should appreciate Jansson's satire — although she always provides happy endings, dark undercurrents are at play: one episode opens with Moomin attempting suicide; reunited with his missing parents, he's abandoned by them again. Jansson's deceptively childlike style masterfully conveys her characters' personalities. Moomin's mouth rarely appears, but his eyes, his brows and his gestures are expressive and endearing." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The gentle ribbing Jannson gives midcentury Western culture...delighted sophisticates then and should charm their progeny now."
"Synopsis" by ,
The enchanting comic strip that introduced adult readers to the wonderful world of Moomin

Tove Jansson is revered around the world as one of the foremost children's authors of the twentieth century for her illustrated chapter books regarding the magical worlds of her creation, the Moomins. The Moomins saw life in many forms but debuted to its biggest audience ever on the pages of the world's largest newspaper, the London Evening News, in 1954. The strip was syndicated in newspapers around the world with millions of readers in forty countries. Moomin Book One is the first volume of Drawn & Quarterly's publishing plan to reprint the entire strip drawn by Jansson before she handed over the reins to her brother Lars in 1960. This is the first time the strip will be published in any form in North America and will deservedly place Jansson among the international cartooning greats of the last century.

The Moomins are a tight-knit family-hippo-shaped creatures with easygoing and adventurous outlooks. Jansson's art is pared down and precise, yet able to compose beautiful portraits of ambling creatures in fields of flowers or on rock-strewn beaches that recall Jansson's Nordic roots. The comic strip reached out to adults with its gentle and droll sense of humor. Whimsical but with biting undertones, Jansson's observations of everyday life, including guests who overstay their welcome, modern art, movie stars, and high society, easily caught the attention of an international audience and still resonate today.

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