7 July 2009

Kom hjem

Kom hjem (Come home)
By: Thomas Thorhauge
Language: Danish
200 pages, b&w
Rosinante, 2009
ISBN: 978-87-638-1005-0

Thomas Thorhauge is both an artist, a comics historian and comics theorist, having published things like the critical magazine (and webpage) Rackham, books about comics like Forandringtegn (Signs of change), comics anthologies like Blaek (with new Danish comics) and graphic novels like Det der går forud (That which comes before, also published in French as Table rase). Kom hjem (Come home) is without a doubt the longest most impressive of Thorhauge's own comics to date. The book has a beautiful, elongated design, something that Thorhauge uses to tell his story somewhat differently from what is normally the case in comics published in the standard upright format of most books (and just a little like the way Chris Ware did in his magnum opus Jimmy Corrigan…).

The story follows a young Danish mother who wants to get out of the rut and decides to move with her son to France, to be part of an activist group living as a collective in a house they maintain themselves and taking parts in various protesters’ meetings etc. The story utilizes every visual trick in the book, and Thorhauge really knows them all, making every page a beautiful piece of art. The story is interesting, but for me it doesn’t really live up to the visuals. Still, it is a good read and one of the most interesting Danish graphic novels in a long time.
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