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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Reader's Diary #1788- Tove Jansson: Moomin

Tove Jansson, despite having a worldwide following even today long after her death and the last original Moomin comic, was virtually unknown to me.

Even now, I'm left a little confused. I enjoyed her cute hippo-like characters, I enjoyed the innovative use of objects as panel walls. The stories were a bit odd, jumping from one adventure to the next, but at least there was adventure. It's all typically amusing, occasionally funny. The dialogue though... that's the biggest reason I'm so perplexed. It seems so strange, too formal and stilted. I question whether or not the translation was just bad. Even still, it hasn't stopped thousands of other English fans from enjoying it. Perhaps had I grown up with these characters? Perhaps the oddness adds some hipster whimsical appeal?

2 comments:

Miss Kim said...

Hi John! I'm just starting to read my second graphic novel ever- American Born Chinese and I'm still trying to understand what draws people to this genre. But I'm willing to keep an open mind and give it another try!

John Mutford said...

I wouldn't force it though! Everyone has different tastes. I respect audiobook listeners, for example, but haven't been able to get into the medium myself.

It might be a matter though of finding that first story that really connects with you before you really get hooked on comics/ graphic novels. Maybe Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics could also help you appreciate some of the finer points.