Moomin Book 2Moomin - Book Two
by Tove Jansson


The first volume of Moomin was a big hit here at Copacetic.  This series of fab Finnish comics is that true rarity:  something which really can be enjoyed by all ages.   It will be especially enjoyed by parents and children, both together and apart.  Book Two is in every way a worthy successor.  This time around the Moomins experience "Winter Follies," meet "Mamma's Maid," "Build a House," and "Begin a New Life"  in four uniquely original adventures collected in one sturdy yet elegant volume.

Here's the official D & Q hype:

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." --Neil Gaiman

"[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


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 lovestruck Mymble and Snorkmaiden find themselves in competition over a thrilling new man. Moomin Mamma meets her new neighbor, 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.

ISBN: 9781897299197

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MoominMoomin - Book One
by Tove Jansson

Well, if they ever decide to turn this into a prime-time animated cartoon (which would be great -- but don't hold your breath) we've got the theme song already picked out: "What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding."  Performed by, hmmm, let's say -- Shonen Knife.  This Finnish strip has more in common with George Herriman's Krazy Kat that one might think just looking at it, or even upon first read; but once you let it sink in, the strip has at its core the same dedication to carefree existence, along with a simliarly oddball cast of characters.  Of course, it is indelibly stamped with the character of its country of origin and Europe in general, but it's half the fun to see this spirit animated in these foreign climes. 
The four tales that start this series off, "Moomin and the Brigands", "Moomin and Family Life", "Moomin on the Riviera" and "Moomin's Desert Island" show the Moomins freely going their own way, unperterbed by the incomprehension and disapproval of others, knowing that they know themselves best of all.  These idiosyncratic adventures are singular pleasures and secreted within each are valuable lessons that we may especially treasure today.

Publisher Drawn and Quarterly has this to say:  "The Moomins saw life in many forms but debuted to its biggest audience ever on the pages of world’s largest newspaper The London Evening News, in 1954. The strip was syndicated in newspapers around the world with millions of readers in 40 countries. Moomin, Book One is D & Q's first volume in their projected plan to reprint the strip's run through to 1960. This is the first time the strip will be published in any form in North America and will deservedly place Jansson among the international cartooning greats of the last century.  The Moomins are a tight-knit family – hippo-shaped creatures with easygoing and adventurous outlooks. Jansson's art is pared down and precise, yet able to compose beautiful portraits of ambling creatures in fields of flowers or rock-strewn beaches that recall Jansson’s Nordic roots. The comic strip reached out to adults with its gentle and droll sense of humor. Whimsical but with biting undertones, Jansson’s observations of everyday life, including guests who overstay their welcome, modern art, movie stars, and high society, easily caught the attention of an international audience and still resonate today."  This is a one of a kind classic that you owe it to yourself to at least take a look at.
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