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Ida Larmo is the cartoonist who won a number of awards for her previous book “Rigel – Urettens ekko”. Now she releases the cartoon diary “O’Boy”. Photo: Strand forlag / Handout / NTB

Of NTB | 06.06.2024 08:13:09

Culture and entertainment: During this weekend’s Oslo Comics Expo, she travels from Kabelvåg to the capital to launch her new book “O’Boy – Min klin kokos tegnedagbok”.

At the same time, it opens an exhibition with Larmo’s drawings, which can be seen next month in Oslo.

In documentary cartoon form, she depicted the biggest ship disaster in Norwegian history. She makes no secret of the fact that it was tough for her.

– It was absolutely necessary to go all the way into the previous project, it could not be done half-heartedly.

– I want to create so much, and life is short, so it’s important to persevere, says Larmo – who started leafing through the diaries she started writing when she was 11 years old in the early 1990s.

– I also wanted to make something for younger children. I myself have two girls aged 10 and 13 who say “can’t you soon make something we can read”. They thought “Rigel” was a bit intense and may well read something that is fun sometimes too, see that not everything needs to be serious all the time, says the mother of two.

– That is what I have experienced and experienced. I can’t pretend to know what it’s like to be 11 today. I can look at my children, but I don’t know how they really feel.

Her girls love that she tells stories from that time, and then it wasn’t long for Larmo to draw it instead.

She has called “O’Boy” a celebration of analog childhood, which she hopes can inspire play and imagination. And “a bit of fun”, she adds with a laugh.

– Today’s young people are very polite, and they make too little noise. I had to tell my girls to call and run away from people, they hadn’t heard of it. Imagine that!

– I feel that I haven’t changed that much. The way I see the world is much the same. I always knew that I was going to be a draftsman and an artist. I was lucky to have something I was passionate about: That I knew what I wanted.

Young Ida Larmo was a tomboy – as the title reflects, in addition to being very fond of the chocolate powder drink. She was also the boy’s favorite.

– I have never had any doubts about my orientation. Can’t children just try out and play and have fun, be curious about each other? says Larmo and admits that she “isn’t very ladylike now either”.

– But is it so careful, then?

* Celebration of the comic with panel discussions, lectures, workshops and stage shows

* Guest Friday by Flu Hartberg and Ida Larmo, Saturday by Bianca Schaalburg, Charlie Christensen, Jennifer Hayden, Mads Eriksen

* The awarding of the Cartoon of the Year

* Organized by Serieteket, Deichman, Oslo municipality

Ida Larmo won the Brage Prize and the Ministry of Culture’s children’s and youth literature prize for the strong story in “Rigel – the echo of injustice” (2022), which dealt with how British fighter planes sank the prisoner transport ship during the Second World War.

She realized she needed “something cheerful and fun”. As always, she started thinking about the next story before she finished the current one.

In “O’Boy”, the main character speaks as Ida herself did as an 11-12-year-old, which she has answered in white from her diaries.

– We didn’t have a mobile phone, so we called when we wanted to meet the others. We didn’t go with the world in our pockets, so we had to go out into it ourselves. You had to talk to others and experience things in a different way – what I think everyone longs for today, says Larmo.

When asked what it was like to meet herself again, she replies that it was just fun.

– I wasn’t too happy to be a girl. It was much cooler to be a boy. They had cooler bikes and played in a different way – with little drama. Being a boy appeared to be extremely uncomplicated, says Larmo, but adds:

* Takes place up to and including Saturday 8 June at Deichman Grünerløkka in Oslo, Norway’s only comics library

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