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Lars Jakobsen is a Danish documentary film maker, artist and graphic designer. He’s worked with a wide variety of graphic expressions, amongst them fashion illustrations, advertising, films, cartoons and comics. He’s best known for his strip “Ganske Vist”, depicting life in a chicken coop. The strip depicts everyday and family situations that most would recognize. The series is published weekly by Familiejournalen and other newspapers. Lars Jakobsen also worked for Disney, doing sketches for Donald Duck magazine, and covers and sketches for Beetle Bailey, created by Mort Walker.

“Ganske Vist” recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the series.

Lars Jakobsen is also the creator of “Mortensen’s Escapades”, which in 2013 was sold for publication in the US, Australia and England. The series is currently scheduled for publication in Iceland, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.

THE MYSTERIOUS MANUSCRIPT

From the Mortensen’s Escapades series , Vol. 1

Bad guys are traveling back in time, and it’s up to a fixer named Mortensen to repair the damage.

In this kickoff episode, a picture of an airplane in an old manuscript sends secret agent Mortensen to 16th-century Loch Ness. He goes twice, once to see the evidence (including the plane’s large cargo of stolen books from many eras) destroyed, and then a second time to rescue the mute, comely, hatchet-wielding young “witch” Blossom who had helped keep him from being burned at the stake. Looking particularly dapper in a duster and long scarf over formal evening wear, the imperturbable hero surmounts one crisis after another. Though the plot is as airy and light on internal logic as can be, readers will be carried along by both his élan and by the charged-up pace of his misadventures. Jakobsen’s cartoon panels are small but discrete, and he keeps the dialogue pithy, his figures clearly drawn and the action easy to follow.

A bonbon for Tintin fans.   (historical afterwords on manuscript illumination, witch hunts and other related topics) (Graphic science fiction. 10-12)

Kirkus

Kirkus Reviews

Jakobsen’s art is cartoonish but mature enough in drawing and color to keep it from becoming babyish. Tame action sequences and historical notes at the end of the book mean the series will most likely find a good home in elementary-school libraries.
Booklist

Amazon review

These are mysteries with historical and cultural content. Mortensen is a fun and good-natured hero who trots the globe and travels throughout history. Educational back matter offers the readers more information on the topics covered.
Walkerbooks.com.au

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Eligible for support by the Danish Art Foundation: Translation Fund

Please note, that government grants for translation fees upon publication can be applied for by publishers wishing to publish a work translated from Danish. Grants may also be applied for to cover production costs for illustrated works. Applications are welcome from foreign publishers wishing to publish a work translated from Danish.

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