3Q&A with Åshild Kanstad Johnsen

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1. Which of the qualities of the book (as a form and a concept) do you appreciate the most?

It’s very concrete; orientation is from the beginning to the end, so you don’t get lost. On the web there’s too many possibilities. With a book, you print and it’s finished. You can not change later on. It’s done. I like it. I like sketchbooks; I find them more interesting than finished products. Everything unfinished is good. Thats why I’m a messy illustrator.

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2. Tell us about your most recent publication/book work/fanzine!

I’m in the process of making my second Ulla and Bendik-book. Working title: Everything is wrong. It’s a picture book. At the idea stage; the most fun stage.

3. What are your experiences when it comes to book fairs?

Too hectic, too many people, too many things going on. But also exciting. I get creative (afterwards).