2010 Eisner Award Nominee: Best Short Story ("Because I Love You So Much," Nikoline Werdelin)
In all the excitement over manga from Japan and bandes dessinées from France, its easy to forget that other countries have a thriving comics culture all their own. This eye-popping anthology, assembled by Danish publisher/editor/ translator Steffen P. Maarup, introduces adventurous readers to 19 exciting talents, most of whom are taking their first bow on the English-speaking stage.
One centerpiece of the book is Nikoline Werdelins stunning Eisner-nominated story Because I Love You So Much, a Doonesbury-style slice-of-life daily strip about a suburban Danish couple who discover their daughter is being molested is it happening at her daycare center, or, horrifyingly, closer to home? Other major revelations include Julie Nords elegantly drawn From Wonderland With Love (which gives the collection its title), a modernistic riff on Alice in Wonderland, and Ib Kjeldsmarks Sloth, a riotously punk-inflected day-glo duo-toned road trip.
The book also spotlights the snarky and surreal single-panel work and gags by HuskMitNavn, Christoffer Zieler, and Johan F. Krarup; the visually explosive silent comics of Mårdøn Smet and Peter Kielland; cover artist T. Thorhauges spectacular philosophical piece M; and many other stories in a wide variety of styles from the sinister black and white Lynchian surrealism of Simon Bukhaves wooden robot story All that I Hold in My Hand to the watercolored animal-fable extravaganza Tomb of the Rabbit King by Allan Haverholm, from Søren Mosdal and Jacob Ørsteds meticulously delineated and colored nightmare yarn Dog God to Zven Balslevs slashing, black and white, Panter-esque Cadarul Zombie. Vibe Bredahl, Jan Solheim, Maria Isenbecker, Signe Parkins, Zven Balslev and G.R. Mantard round out the list of contributors to this smorgasbord (OK, that's actually Swedish) of exuberantly creative graphic narratives by Denmark's premier comics artists.
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"[From Wonderland with Love] is beautiful and attractive to such a degree that it makes one feel all proud of one's country. [Rating: 5 out of 6 stars]" - Hans Bjerregaard, Ekstra-Bladet (translated from Danish)