I’m excited as soon as our plane lands in Norway. A huge storm has been swirling around the European continent for days and the forecast for Oslo is cold, gray and rainy, but the sun is out and the downtown is blazing in bright Fall colors. I’m met at the at the airport by my editor from Egmont, Iselin Rosjo Evensen who is holding a copy of the Norwegian BONE – - a glorious oversized treasury that contains the complete first three books together
I can’t get over how big and cool this version is. I think it may be the best of all the editions, including my own! The afternoon is spent talking with reporters from newspapers, radio, and websites. I even go to the largest paper in the city to participate in a live on-line chat. This is a mad thing to do. I can’t type for anything, and yet you have to go as fast as you can; almost without thinking. Still it was worth doing – - the questions were a mix of love and complete irreverence. Perfect!
The first signing is at a really interesting book shop called Tronsmo.As soon as i get there I find a warm, happy crowd waiting. On the corner of the table you can see how chunky the books are.
This is a common site at signings, people getting comfy while they wait.
Grethe and Tanja, two of the Egmont team.
The next day I have a panel with Lise Myhre, the creator of Nemi. Nemi , the ongoing adventures of a young goth girl is the most popular comic in Norway, and is growing quickly in the UK. This panel is my main event at the Bok I Sentrum festival, but somehow, I don’t have any pictures of this event. If anyone out here has some and wants to e-mail them to me, I’ll post them when I can.
After the panel, Lise and I have a combined signing.
When we go out that evening, I try to get a candid shot of Lise for the blog, but she catches me everytime…
Finally she relents and agrees to a “sweet” picture with Vijaya.
We end the evening with some of Lise's friends, including Sigbjoern Stabursvik, my original Norwegian editor from a different company, but now a proud member of Egmont. Our visit to Oslo is short, but filled with good signings, good publicity, and friends. Mission accomplished! Many thanks to Iselin (who took most of the pictures above and wasn't in any herself!), Grethe, Tanja, and Svein Erik Soland for bringing me here and making it really worth while! Okay, we’re getting close now, only one more stop on this leg of the World Tour: Lucca, Italy… a festival in a small medieval walled city that I have claimed – - for ten years now – - to be my favorite comic book show in the world. Can it live up to my memory? We'll see…