May 30, 2007 § Leave a comment

Gotta get that photo off the top.


Aaaah. Much better. “And there they stand to this day, all alone, unless the birds perch on them; for trolls, as you probably know, must be underground before dawn, or they go back to the stuff of the mountains they are made of, and never move again.” (illustration via zepe).

I’d never heard of Moomins until I read about them on Loobylu in November— do start blogging again soon, Claire!— and I wasn’t completely charmed by the books I got from the library. They weren’t bad at all, just not what I was expecting. But now, seeing the level of enthusiasm for Tove Jansson’s work here and here, and the very cool exhibit in Tampreen Taidemuseon Muumilasko* (a Helsinki museum, I gather), I’ll have to give the books a second chance. The above illustration is from a Swedish edition of The Hobbit illustrated by Jannson and published in 1962.

*It’s the music particularly that’s intriguing me. I’m always a sucker for an accordian, I know, but there’s something melancholy, wonderful— in the full-of-wonder sense— going on there. Evocative of Yann Tiersen (warning: annoying Flash site).

Bill Waterson mentioned in The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book that his work is (was?) most influenced by Krazy Kat, but to that point, no comprehensive Krazy Kat book had yet been published. Since he wrote that introduction in 1994 or 1995, (and given Calvin & Hobbes’ sustained popularity), I assume someone must have assembled and published such a collection by now, but I can’t seem to find any evidence.

Also, I heard last week on CBC that Belgium is honoring Tintin with a postage stamp. Huzzah for Herve! Tintin is much more popular and well-known in Canada than he was in my little corner of Maine. Also, he served as shorthand for a singularly despicable former roommate’s (also singularly despicable) boyfriend, for which I owe the little carrot-top endless apologies. The cartoon carrot-top, I mean. Not the boyfriend.

It surprises me how few parents pick up graphic novels* for their kids as a bridge between picture books and illustration-free chapter books… Tintin would be perfect. Also good for ADDs who have a hard time following endless lines of words on a page, or picturing the text’s action in their head.

*Or maybe they do, judging from the bulging section of manga and graphic novels at the library. What do I know?


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