Kategoriarkiv: Books in English

Cat power: The story of Kitty With The Big Balls

The cat Kitty on the road
The cat Kitty on the road

The cat Kitty’s long and furry way from literary parody on children’s books to full-blown cult classic in its own right:

Each friday my wife Sussi Bech and I make fun of the literary world in our comic strip “Eks Libris”, published since 2009 in the book supplement of the highbrow national newspaper Weekendavisen. The characters populating “Eks Libris” are pompous authors, cute librarians, worn-out editors and happy book readers in general. But somehow we also ended up with a character called Biker Joe. The first time the readers met him, Biker Joe was visited in prison by his ghost writer trying to get hold of his life story. It was three strips making fun of Danish publishers’ fashion of producing biographies idolizing bikers, Hells Angels and people like that. But Biker Joe stayed in the strip and he got a wife (a former hooker, very fond of plastic surgery) and a son (Biker Joe, jr.), who is very fond of comics and wants to be a comics artist himself (“I don’t want to end up being a loser like you, dad!”).

A cat with big balls

One day we had Biker Joe meet with his publisher, suggesting a new children’s book project introducing the male cat Kitty, written and illustrated the way Biker Joe thought a tale for children should be told. The “Eks Libris” strip contained the entire story of Kitty With The Big Balls complete with text and pictures. Kitty is a proud, free but somewhat lazy cat with his scrotum intact. Biker Joe’s book told Kitty’s struggle to survive in a hostile and unfair world that demands that he work for food. In the strip’s last picture Annika and Lise, editors at Buch Binders, turn the project down (as editors always do).

"We're so sorry, mr. Biker Joe, but ..." - Biker Joe's cat book is turned down by his editors.
“We’re so sorry, mr. Biker Joe, but …”

The Kitty strip did very well on facebook after being published in Weekendavisen so when Sussi and I planned our visit to Copenhagen Comics Con the year after, I decided to publish Biker Joe’s book about Kitty the Cat myself. Sussi thought me crazy, but when the pallet arrived from the printers a week before the festival, orders poured in. Arriving at the festival six days later, the little cat book was already halfway sold out and the rest of the print run was bought (mostly by women) during the first festival day! Since then it has been reprinted twice. 90 percent of the customers being adult women, who say that Kitty is fun and “sehr geil” (german fan reaction).

Buy on Amazon:

Click to buy Kitty With The Big BallsKitty With The Big Balls is now available in English for Kindle reader/app. It is quick and fun read – and a great thing to show your friends on your mobile phone!

Click to buy Kitty With The Big Balls on Amazon!

A typical "Eks Libris" strip with Biker Joe and his family visiting a comics convention.
A typical “Eks Libris” strip with Biker Joe and his family visiting a comics convention.

Kurt Dunder in Africa

My first Kurt Dunder book, “Kurt Dunder in Africa”,  is now available in English from Amazon. Both as print edition and as digital book for Kindle Reader/app.

Kurt Dunder is a famous adventurer and scientist who travels around the world along with his friend Bill Milton and Attila the monkey to solve strange mysteries. It is drawn in the popular european ligne claire style and published by Forlaget Eudor.

So far three Kurt Dunder books have been published in Denmark.

Click here to read the first 8 pages of “Kurt Dunder in Africa”.

Please share the big news and buy the book so that “Kurt Dunder in Greenland” and “Kurt Dunder in Tirol” can be available in English from Amazon as well. Thanks! 🙂


Don Rosa, chilies and comic cons

Don Rosa visits Copenhagen - click to read the comic strip in bigger format
Don Rosa visits Copenhagen – click to read the comic strip in bigger format

In November 2015 famous Disney duck artist Don Rosa visited Copenhagen to participate in the comics convention Art Bubble at The Round Tower. As usual he drew huge crowds of duck fans from all over the country, who wanted Don’s signature and a drawing of Scrooge McDuck, Daisy or some of the other characters from Denmark’s most popular comics magazine, “Anders And & Co.” – which also sported a Don Rosa cover that week and a short story inside the magazine about Scrooge McDuck visiting the festival.

Sussi Bech and I could not resist the opportunity to include the event in our comic strip “Eks Libris“, that has been a part of weekly newspaper Weekendavisen’s literary supplement since 2009. As always we let our dysfunctional biker family visit the event and spread havoc. But noone, and least of all Biker Joe, expected Don Rosa’s secret weapon: home grown chilies. A treat that I tried myself during the festival dinner, where Don himself took a walk around the restaurant offering generous samples.

Don Rosa's chilies
Don Rosa’s plate of homegrown chilies before Frank ate them (not)

After the festival we were contacted by a Danish Don Rosa fan, who wanted to buy the original drawing and an English translation of the strip to show Don.

Art Bubble will take place next year in Horsens at Industrimuseet.