Moomin Book One: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894937801
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Publication date: 11/14/2006
  • Series: Moomin Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 205,837
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 12.24 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Tove Jansson (1914–2001) was born in Helsinki and spent much of her life in Finland. She is the author of the Moomin books, including Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll. Born into an artistic family—her father was a sculptor and her mother was a graphic designer and illustrator—Jansson studied at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, and L’École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In addition to her Moomin books, she also wrote several novels, drew comic strips and worked as a painter and illustrator. In 1966, she was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her body of work. Jansson had a studio in Helsinki but spent most of her time at her home on a small island called Klovharu.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    A sunny fantasy for grown-ups only

    Contains: Moomin and the Brigands, Moomin and Family Life, Moomin on the Riviera, Moomin's Desert Island This is the first of six volumes of comic strips about the happy little world of thumbprint-like creatures with very human personalities and foibles. They live and love, seek happiness, wealth, adventure, and peace. There is a brief incident toward the middle of the book where the parents run away from their son and stay alone in a cave for several days in order to be by themselves, which might worry very young readers if they read that far. Most of the wit and humor would be lost on the young. This is a wonderful little world for the mature reader who likes fantasy and seeks a way to unwind after a stressful day. If this is your cup of tea, enjoy! Get the whole series of six plus two volumes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    A delightful comic with lively characters and engaging writing.

    A delightful comic with lively characters and engaging writing. The underlying themes of family and love are a wonderful anchor throughout the volume.

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