Drawn & Quarterly’s bestselling Moomin series created by the legendary children’s author Tove Jansson is now in its fourth installment and is the winner of the Harvey Award and has been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards.
“Moomin is about freedom, tolerance, and optimism amid frustration, loss, and fear. One of its poignancies is that it not only serves as the vehicle of Jansson’s progressive philosophical ideologies…but that she is also able to suture her own autobiography and philosophy into the simple allegorical model of a cartoon,” Modern Painters.
“The Moomin family strays far from the tranquil charms of Moominvalley: on the French Riviera, Moominpappa gets drunk and Moomin's sweetheart, the Snork Maiden, is seduced by a toothy film star. But then the hattifatteners appear—mute, sock-like animals that grow from seeds and chase after electric storms...Here is where Jansson's weird but true world begins; where fear, loneliness and insecurity are banished by love and the force of imagination,”Time.com
“[Jansson’s] strips, more than 800 in five years, stand as perennial classics of children's literature across the Nordic lands...Their belated recovery from crumbling newsprint into five eventual volumes seems almost as fantastical and life-affirming as the Moomin fables themselves,” The Independent.
Drawn & Quarterly, hardback, 128 pages, published June 2009