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Tove Jansson (http://www.comics.org/credit/name/tove%20jansson/sort/chrono/) (9 August 1914 – 27 June 2001) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author. She is best known as the author of the Moomin books (http://www.comics.org/feature/name/moomin/sort/chrono/).
Jansson wrote and illustrated her first Moomin book, The Moomins and the Great Flood, in 1945, during World War II. She said later that the war had depressed her and she had wanted to write something naïve and innocent. She went on to write six more Moomin books, a number of picture books and comic strips. Her fame spread quickly and she became Finland’s most widely read author abroad. For her „lasting contribution to children’s literature” she received the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing in 1966.
Tove Jansson worked as illustrator and cartoonist for the Swedish-language satirical magazine Garm from the 1930s to 1953. Her earliest comic strips were produced for productions including Lunkentus (Prickinas och Fabians äventyr, 1929), Vårbrodd (Fotbollen som Flög till Himlen, 1930), and Allas Krönika (Palle och Göran gå till sjöss, 1933).
n 1952 a British publisher asked if Tove Jansson would be interested in drawing comic strips about the Moomins. The comic strip Moomintroll, started in 1954 in the Evening News. Tove Jansson drew 21 long Moomin stories from 1954 to 1959, writing them at first by herself and then with her brother Lars Jansson. She eventually gave the strip up because the daily work of a comic artist did not leave her time to write books and paint, but Lars took over the strip and continued it until 1975.
The series was published in book form in Swedish, and books 1 to 6 have been published in English, Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip (http://www.comics.org/series/35662/covers/).