Norwegian comic wins award

The Norwegian comic novel 'The Left Bank Gang' has been presented the prize for best foreign comic at the American Eisner Award in San Diego.

John Arne Sæterøy, who workes under the name of Jason, is already a favourite among comic lovers in Norway and abroad. His comics are published in 15 countries and have been translated into nine different languages. All together, the Norwegian artist has published 11 books.

In the novel 'The Left Bank Gang' which won the San Diego award, Ernest Hemingway is the lead character. “I have read several biographies on Hemingway, his memoirs and letters. I wanted to use this knowledge to tell a story”, Jason says to Norwegian daily Dagbladet.

In Sæterøy's comic novel, Hemingway works as an illustrator living in Paris in the 1920s. The city is a vibrant cultural centre, however the town is experiencing difficult times with an economy in decline. Hemingway and his colleagues are plotting to earn some extra cash, but the plan is not quite working.

Sæterøy started his career and had his debut in KonK magazine in 1981. Since then he has received both national and international awards for his comics. The worldly man from Molde in Norway, now living in Southern France, has won the American Harvey prize, the Norwegian Sproing award, as well as the Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs’ comic award for children and young people.

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The Left Bank GangPhoto: Courtesy of Fantagraphics

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