Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Moomin, The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip

I grew up in power cut, nuclear paranoid eighties London and what I knew of Moomins was a eeeriy dark stop motion animation of strange creatures doing obscure things. I was robbed. 

It has taken me decades to discover the true delight of Moomins.  
I finally found them after a trip to Finland where the much loved author Tove Jansson was born and lived and where they are currently celebrating the 100 anniversary of her birth. I was visiting my good friend who reintroduced me to the Moomins through her love of Tove Janssons work and all things Moomin. 

So on the way home I purchased Moomin, The Complete Tove Jansson Comic strip to read on the plane, as I had taken to her design and character work, which is just beautiful and adorable, then finally I discovered how funny and sweet Moomins actually are. They are jolly,silly, anarchic, irreverent and dreamy, they have a lovely self contained other worldlyness. They are very reminiscent of another comic character I grew up with Pogo Possum, it is different but contains a similar element of charm, humour and random adventure.
This book has 4 stories introducing us to all the characters and their world. This has made me want to read more of her work and to introduce them to my 2 year old niece.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Seconds by Bryan O'Malley

Seconds by Bryan O'Malley

Now I bet your thinking, not another review of Seconds, well yea but I don't write reviews I write recommendations and I recommend this.

I really enjoyed reading it, I read it in one sitting from Leeds to London, I am a terrible binge reader when it comes to comics. I picked this up at Leeds Travelling Man.
You know the kookiest thing? When I got off the train at St.Pancreas, my open bag in my hand and at the top was my large Seconds book and y'know who I walked past? Bryan O freaking Malley, if I'd had the balls I woulda got him to sign it.
It wouldn't have been wierd for him cause I was passing the Comica Comiket day at the British library, so he'd probably been meeting and greeting fans all day but it was weird for me and pretty cool.

Anyways back to the book, I loved Seconds; the characters, the magic, the flow of the book, I couldn't put it down and it didn't try to hard it just was it kinda nicely rolled from part to part.

This is a good read and a good buy.