Talking Shop (Fagprat) is a daily feature in newspaper Dagbladet and is a cartoon series for those with a taste for the finer things in life. Funny folks meet and discuss any topic imaginable. There are no fixed characters throughout the book, but a new context and character for each and every tale.
In the second collection of Jargon strips, everything is presented in a striking and thought-provoking New Age design, with categories and colours to resonate with every intellectual soul.
The first Talking Shop collection was awarded the 2011 SPROING Prize in the category of Best Collection.
‘With this sequel [to Talking Shop (2010)], Hartberg will also be a strong competitor for upcoming prizes. He lampoons social phenomena in the best possible way […] Funny to thousands, but you have to be able to endure his underground drawing style.’
‘Hartberg has a grotesque and very elaborate streak, and he has an infectious passion and enthusiasm for the Norwegian language. […] an endless revolving gallery of single-minded lunatics and crazy rows of teeth in intense conversation.’
‘A number of the strips in this collection are distinguished by an unusually good and tasteful use of colour – it is difficult to think of a contemporary Scandinavian newspaper comic strip which makes better use of visual possibilities than Fagprat when Hartberg is at his best […] by far one of the country’s best comic strip series. And like Martin Kellerman’s fresh Rocky facer demonene, Tegneserier til ettertanke is a collection of strips you will experience as a unified work rather than an arbitrary stack of strips produced within a given period of time.’
‘With its harsh language and detailed caricatured lines, Fagprat is indisputably one of Norway’s best series. […] The format also makes "Comic Strips for Thought" a superb candidate for a Christmas present. Just vet the recipient a bit first.’
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