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Bosnian Flat Dogby Max Andersson and Lars Sjunnesson
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Zombified NATO soldiers and mummified foreign dictators — in a Balkan comics convention?
The 1999 Nato bombing of Serbia. A grenade shell from a Sarajevo souvenir shop. A refrigerator with the frozen mummy of Tito... These serve as the starting point for a journey further and further down the collective unconscious of the Balkans, where the borders between dream and reality are erased and redrawn until they form a tale as exciting as it is fantastic, a tale which could be about our times and a war-torn Europe but just as well might be a deep dive into the psyches of its authors or a discussion about the essence of drawing.
Bosnian Flat Dog is the result of a unique collaboration between two of Sweden's most internationally renowned cartoonists, Death and Candy and Pixy creator Max Andersson and Lars Sjunnesson. Each of them contributed to every single drawing to the extent that they no longer can tell themselves exactly who did what. This has lead to the emergence of an independent artistic entity which is neither of the two, but something else, at once familiar and unknown and perhaps a little bit scary.
"Swedish cartoonists Anderson and Sjunnesson straddle the line between reality and surreality with this tale of their trip to an alternative comics convention in the Balkans. The journey leads to one strange occurrence after another, starting with a pelting by ice cream grenades. From there the corpse of Josip Tito (stored in a freezer), a super-soldier program and the eponymous canine creatures all figure in a story that trades in strange and loaded images to express life during constant conflict. The story is supposedly based on some true events, but it's all told through a dreamy haze. The cartoonists combine their art styles to create cloudy black and white images, continuing the feeling that these events are happening inside the mind as much as in reality. An interlude drawn in a much simpler style attempts to explain the story, but as far as this book is concerned, processing the world through imagination is far richer and more interesting. Anderson and Sjunnesson manage to keep the odd story going with their tight and fluid plotting, which says that in Bosnia the absurd is what is real." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Co-created with LArs Sjummesoa. The Balkan conflict is the starting point for this dream-like journey into war-torn Europe and the psyches of its authors, two of Sweden's most internationally renownded cartoonists.
About the Author
Max Andersson and Lars Sjunneson live in Sweden.
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