Author, journalist, PhD, curator and professor – working with comics
This was bought right of the rack at our local newspaper vendor here in Paris. According to Charlie Hebdo, who are known for publishing provocative Mohammed cartoons and have even had their editorial offices firebombed due to this, this graphic novel has been thoroughly vetted by Islamic experts and should not be provicative. Yet, Mohammed is depicted, and depicted rather derisively. Interesting. Anyone who has heard if this has created any problems? Will read and get back with more comments.
Fredrik Strömberg is a journalist, author and historian, who has studied comics since the early 1990’s. He is one of the editors of Bild & Bubbla, Scandinavia’s largest as well as the world’s second oldest magazine about comics, and the Chairman of the Swedish Comics Association. He writes regularly for newspapers and magazines about comics, heads the Comic Art School of Sweden and sits on the editorial board for the International Journal of Comic Art. Among the books he has written are the English language Swedish Comics History, Black Images in the Comics, The Comics Go to Hell and Comic Art Propaganda. Strömberg lives in Sweden and is currently working on a number of new books about comics.