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COMIC BOOKS newspapers still carry the flag for the classic cartoon strip (see the portrait of Denmark’s uncrowned Cartoon Queen Nikoline Werdelin), and publishers make a mint from bound and gift wrapped cartoon strips in the run up to Christmas, there are far more alternative, and exciting, graphic strands being produced by Danish art studios. ‘Free form’ means of course the genre is far more accessible but this also creates challenges for the expanded readership. Gone are the days when buying a comic book just meant a stroll down to your nearest bookshop

to get the 20th edition of your favourite strip. In fact this move away from the classic album straitjacket, has made Danish cartoonists much wealthier, perhaps because they’ve

‘A brilliant Danish comic book debut. A vibrant youthful work that strikes pure, sensitive tones and not just idealistic but cocksure in its worldview. This is both a weakness and a strength, but mainly the latter. Mikkel Ørsted Sauzet punches home his debut with talent, drive and bravery to burn. With Aske (Ashes) he’s created a brutal, searing graphic tale.’ Nummer 9, Web magazine. MIKKEL ØRSTED SAUZET ASKE (ASHES)

‘The raw, blue grey tone of the drawings is about as far from John Wayne as you can get. But this Jeans and Boots ‘femiwestern’ comic fantasy is, in its own way, a weird and witty fable on gender, simulation and the intimate ‘partnership’ between cliché and erotic fantasy, which is as tenacious as that between a cowboy and his horse.’ Politiken RIKKE VILLADSEN ET KNALD TIL (BANG BANG – THANK YOU M’AM)

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Danish literary magazine autumn 2014  

This autumn’s book season is upon us and Danish Literary Magazine highlights some new books that show where Danish literature is ‘at’ right...