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The Troll King

The Troll King

by Kolbeinn Karlsson

ISBN 978-1-60309-061-2

$14.95 (US)


"Vivid as a fever dream... sweaty, uncanny, and intuitive rather than logical." -- Publishers Weekly

“The magical biology of The Troll King reads like a psychedelic Hans Christian Andersen, blended with the neo-traditional storytelling of Miyazaki and just a touch of black metal. These are hairy fairy tales for the Burning Man generation." -- Jason Leivian, owner of Floating World Comics and comics editor of Arthur magazine

"[The Troll King] throbs with a sort of primal, allusive, pre-verbal power... uncannily beautiful yet defiantly unpretty." -- Glen Weldon, NPR

"A delightfully mental book, popping with color, and staged with a peculiar but compelling visual rhythm ... In The Troll King I found the perfect marriage of the foreign and exotic with the familiar and universal." -- Jason Michelitch, Comics Alliance

"A beautifully colorful and mostly silent tale that presents trolls — and the other weird creatures of the forest — as aliens within their own tradition rather than grotesque reactions to the norms of humans. Cryptic in the jolliest possible sense of the word." -- John Mitchell, Worcester Magazine

"The most weird, original and moving piece of comic art I've read this year." -- Christian Kerr, The Crack

"One of the happiest surprises of the year, an exploration of queerness and monstrosity that gives a method to the illustrative madness of contemporary artcomix." -- Sean T. Collins, Robot 6

A dwarf falls into a river and is taken to a place beyond space and time. A carrot takes a bath and finds itself transforming. Two reclusive mountain men rejoice when their wish for children is granted, but their sons make a terrible discovery. And throughout all these tales, the spirit of the forest walks on… Welcome to the surreal world of The Troll King, by Swedish visionary Kolbeinn Karlsson. It’s a fantastic journey into the wilderness lurking right outside your town, brought to you by comics’ cuddliest Viking. -- A 160-Page Full-Color Softcover Graphic Novel, 6.5" x 9.25", Diamond: FEB10-1096