Graabæk, Carsten

Carsten Graabæk (born 1947 in Oksbøl) was originally an English teacher. But is a lot better known as the man behind the almost loving political satire in the daily strip about a Prime Minister, "Statsministeren". The strip was launced in 1982 through the Danish syndicate P.I.B. Since then the strip has won over not just the Danish, but also the international readers. In the daily tabloid B.T. it originally ran under the title "Som Landet Ligger", while the weekly family magazine Billedbladet brought it in color under the title "Her går det Godt". In the UK it is called "No, Minister" and in the US it is known as "The Kingdom". How can a decidedly Danish comic strip about a prime minister ever hope to be read and understood in the great big world out there? Because Carsten Graabæk's diminutive prime minister speaks the international language of power and deals with problems that one can find in any country. In this regard he is like a concentration of all people in power, but also a real human being with feelings as well as positive and negative character traits. "Statsministeren" is packed with supporting characters - the Permanent Secretary, the Queen, the cleaning lady, the bishop, and the general are all worth mentioning - and it was well deserved when Carsten Graabæk was awarded the Ping Prize for his work on "Statsministeren" in 1990. The prize was handed over by the Danish Prime Minister at that time, Poul Schlüter (with yours truly as witness). Comicart.dk is proud to present a rich assortment of strips from Carsten Graabæk's international series in this gallery. We will also henceforth present other material from Graabæk - such as the strip "Mig og mor" - about the relationship between a mother and a child - also a Danish export.