23 July 2009

Pondus - Division fyra

Pondus - Division fyra
By: Frode Øverli
176 pages, color, softcover
Language: swedish
Kartago, 2009
ISBN: 978-91-89632-936

This is the fourth collection of the Norwegian cartoonist Frode Øverli's strip Pondus. For those of you not familiar with Pondus, this is a rather traditional comic strip about a family man, a bus driver to be exact, whose great interest in life is soccer. The stories also follow his loser friend Jocke, who always dates the most horrible women, Jocke's gigantic elderly mother who lives with a German midget and so on... The humor in Pondus is often burlesque and the portraits of women are not very flattering. On the other hand, neither are the portraits of the men. Actually, the wife of Pondus, Bea, is one of the better, more believable female characters in comic strips right now. And I must admit that after having read loads of more culturally refined, autobiographical, journalistic, nihilistic whatever… comics, I quite enjoyed simply being entertained by the strips in this book.

Oh and yes, there's supposed to be a slash across the O in Frode's last name. It's pronounced something like the last part of "the". Anyway...
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