Troll King, The

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Top Shelf Productions, 2010 - Comics & Graphic Novels
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"Vivid as a fever dream... sweaty, uncanny, and intuitive rather than logical." -- Publishers Weekly The magical biology of The Troll King reads like a psychedelic Hans Christian Andersen, blended with the neo-traditional storytelling of Miyazaki and just a touch of black metal. These are hairy fairy tales for the Burning Man generation."-- Jason Leivian, owner of Floating World Comics and comics editor of Arthur magazine "[The Troll King] throbs with a sort of primal, allusive, pre-verbal power... uncannily beautiful yet defiantly unpretty."-- Glen Weldon, NPR "A delightfully mental book, popping with color, and staged with a peculiar but compelling visual rhythm ... In The Troll King I found the perfect marriage of the foreign and exotic with the familiar and universal."-- Jason Michelitch, Comics Alliance "A beautifully colorful and mostly silent tale that presents trolls -- and the other weird creatures of the forest -- as aliens within their own tradition rather than grotesque reactions to the norms of humans. Cryptic in the jolliest possible sense of the word."-- John Mitchell, Worcester Magazine "The most weird, original and moving piece of comic art I've read this year."-- Christian Kerr, The Crack "One of the happiest surprises of the year, an exploration of queerness and monstrosity that gives a method to the illustrative madness of contemporary artcomix."-- Sean T. Collins, Robot 6 A dwarf falls into a river and is taken to a place beyond space and time. A carrot takes a bath and finds itself transforming. Two reclusive mountain men rejoice when their wish for children is granted, but their sons make a terrible discovery. And throughout all these tales, the spirit of the forest walks on... Welcome to the surreal world of The Troll King, by Swedish visionary Kolbeinn Karlsson. It's a fantastic journey into the wilderness lurking right outside your town, brought to you by comics' cuddliest Viking.

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