Last week I was at this panel discussing the upcoming graphic novel version of Kim Fupz Aakeson’s novel “De Gale” (The Mad) with Fupz himself, writer Erik Barfoed who converted the text into comic book form and artist Mikkel Sommer.
Though Fupz has a background in cartooning, he did not want to take it upon himself to make the comics version. Sommer seems the obvious choice; a comics prodigy with a distinctive style and without a doubt the most interesting new talent to arise out of Denmark in the past decade.
The panel discussed the rising interest in post-apocalyptic tales. Fupz commented that as a writer you need to put your characters under pressure in order for them to show their true nature. And the end of the World is just about as much pressure as you can think of.
And speaking of pressure, Sommer confessed that he had inked and colored the entire book in 4 months. That’s a 142-page book. And it’s looks amazing.
Did I mention the guy is 24 years old?
The book will be released in Danish later this month. For more of Mikkel Sommer’s awesome art go here.
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