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"Vivid as a fever dream... sweaty, uncanny, and intuitive rather than logical." -- Publishers Weekly

"The magical biology of The Troll King reads like a psychedelic Hans Christian Andersen, blended with the neo-traditional storytelling of Miyazaki and just a touch of black metal. These are hairy fairy tales for the Burning Man generation." -- Jason Leivian, owner of Floating World Comics and comics editor of ...
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The Troll King

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Overview

"Vivid as a fever dream... sweaty, uncanny, and intuitive rather than logical." -- Publishers Weekly

"The magical biology of The Troll King reads like a psychedelic Hans Christian Andersen, blended with the neo-traditional storytelling of Miyazaki and just a touch of black metal. These are hairy fairy tales for the Burning Man generation." -- Jason Leivian, owner of Floating World Comics and comics editor of Arthur magazine

"[The Troll King] throbs with a sort of primal, allusive, pre-verbal power... uncannily beautiful yet defiantly unpretty." -- Glen Weldon, NPR

"A delightfully mental book, popping with color, and staged with a peculiar but compelling visual rhythm ... In The Troll King I found the perfect marriage of the foreign and exotic with the familiar and universal." -- Jason Michelitch, Comics Alliance

"A beautifully colorful and mostly silent tale that presents trolls - and the other weird creatures of the forest - as aliens within their own tradition rather than grotesque reactions to the norms of humans. Cryptic in the jolliest possible sense of the word." -- John Mitchell, Worcester Magazine

"The most weird, original and moving piece of comic art I've read this year." -- Christian Kerr, The Crack

"One of the happiest surprises of the year, an exploration of queerness and monstrosity that gives a method to the illustrative madness of contemporary artcomix." -- Sean T. Collins, Robot 6

A dwarf falls into a river and is taken to a place beyond space and time. A carrot takes a bath and finds itself transforming. Two reclusive mountain men rejoice when their wish for children is granted, but their sons make a terrible discovery. And throughout all these tales, the spirit of the forest walks on . . . Welcome to the surreal world of The Troll King, by Swedish visionary Kolbeinn Karlsson. It's a fantastic journey into the wilderness lurking right outside your town, brought to you by comics' cuddliest Viking.
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Publishers Weekly
Swedish cartoonist Karlsson's first book is the closest thing comics have yet produced to, say, Devendra Banhart's music: psychedelic, shambolic, mystical, very hairy, and redolent of musk. It's low on text--there's no dialogue at all in its second half--but high on... well, any number of things. The book is a series of linked stories about various woodland monsters; its first piece concerns a pair of fur-covered, bodybuilding creatures who are married in a dance ritual witnessed by a burning wicker figurine. Karlsson's artwork has some obvious inspirations from a previous generation of art cartoonists--there's a little of Mike Diana's violent/sexual grossouts and fanatically intense mark making, a little of Jim Woodring's silent, fantastical world-building and supersaturated color palette--but it's also got its own heady aesthetic, shifting between crude, wobbly rendering and subtle attention to details of body language and facial expressions. His stories are vivid as a fever dream, very vaguely grounded in the real world (a few characters shop at a chain supermarket), but mostly sweaty, uncanny, and intuitive rather than logical: this is the kind of book whose most straightforward story involves a bulbous carrotman who wades into a hot pool and is transformed into an enormous tree. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603092265
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 44 MB
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