In the second volume of Tove
Jansson's humorous yet melancholic Moomin comic strip, we get four new
stories about jealousy, competition, childrearing, and self-reinvention. The Moomins
try to hibernate in the fashion of their ancestors but insomnia places them
smack dab into a winter carnival with the winter-sports loving Mr. Brisk. The
fickle and eternally love-struck Mymble and Snorkmaiden find themselves in
competition over a thrilling new man.
Moomin Mamma meets her new neighbour,
the Fillyjonk, causing her to hire the depressed and secretive Misabel as her
new maid. Mymble's mother arrives on the Moomin family’s doorstep with her 17
new children. Finally, a prophet arrives on the scene declaring that the happy
Moomins are in fact not happy at all and need to get back to nature and be
free. Moomin, of course, becomes more and more miserable the freer he gets.
Jansson is revered around the world as one of the foremost children's authors
of the twentieth century for her illustrated Moomin chapter books. The
D+Q reprint series collects, for the first time in North
America, Jansson's internationally syndicated Moomin comic
strip that debuted in the London Evening News in 1954.
"A lost treasure now rediscovered--one of the sweetest, strangest comics
strips ever drawn or written. A surrealist masterpiece. Honest."
"[Jansson's] work soars with
lightness and speed, and her drawings only echo her writing: delicate but precise,
observant yet suggestive... Jansson was exceptional, an exuberant explorer of
emotional independence and interdependence, a liberating force." --Los Angeles
Times Book Review
Drawn & Quarterly, hardback, 88 pages, published October 2007
Also available: Moomin:
the Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip Book One HC
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 01 June, 2007.