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The Gang

The Gang

As soon as it was suggested that I drew the Scandinavian boys as Olsen Banden (The Olsen Gang) I had to do it. It was just too perfect.

Olsen Banden is a series of 14 Danish comedies (the first was made in 1968) about a gang of three small-time criminals (Egon, Benny and Kjeld) who were never successful in their plans. They got quite popular in Germany, and to a lesser degree in Russia and Poland, because they made fun of the police, government and everybody else with power. They were even remade in Norway (Where they were called "Olsenbanden") and Sweden ("Jönssonligan").

The gang got it’s name from their leader, Egon Olsen (In this case played by Sweden). He spends most of his time in jail, and always has a plan on how to get rich when he comes out. He likes things to be in order, and admires the Germans for the same reason (Germans, not Nazis). If his two gang members mess something up he explodes, calling them lazy, useless losers who isn’t worth his time. If he himself make a mistake he gets extremely depressed and loose all faith in himself as a leader, and stays that way until Benny and Kjeld tells him it’s okay to make mistakes and that they still believe in his plan.

Benny (Denmark here) is very happy-go-lucky, and rather hyper. He is always very enthusiastic about Egon’s plans, sometimes to a point where he will giggle uncontrollably until Egon tells him to shut up. His biggest dream is to never work again, and he can always find an excuse to open a beer and read porn. Lacks anything that resembles fashion sense.

Kjeld (Norway) is a family man who is always bossed around by Egon and Benny, and the only one who owns a house (Egon’s only house is the prison, and Benny seems to live in his car). He just wants what is best for his wife and son, which is the reason why he goes along with the plans. In reality he dreams of a normal life with a nice legal job. His wife is quite bossy, and her and Egon often fight.

Here is one of the most famous clips from the movies, where they break into a theatre while an orchestra plays, by following the music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sLO8bWTfGs&feature Same scene in the Norwegian version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSPDJEtGgUU
And another scene just to show you what an American (in the yellow car) looks like in an old Danish movie. ;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLMUtRclmZk&playnext_from=TL&videos=qyz_bpJcScA

I was listening to this remix of their theme while drawing to get in the right mood http://www.deviantart.com/users/outgoing?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewlLXTzWoN8&playnext_from=TL&videos=lZDMBZQID5w It's because of the tempo in the song they're running in the picture. :D

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22nd of April

Volcano

Volcano

Done quicker than usual because I haven't had a lot of time to draw lately.

Don't be mad at Volcano. He just started smoking because he wanted the world to think he was cool, but now he can't stop. :(

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19th of April
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Bonding over Porn

Bonding over Porn

Inspired by this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUMd3p4FNms
It’s was made by a Norwegian comedy group, Raske Menn, and is making fun of the stereotype that people from Denmark are all a bunch a porn loving perverts, so it’s in perfect SatW spirit. :D

The song is supposed to be a mix of Danish and English, but as a Dane I would say it’s more a mix of Danish, English and Norwegian, so already the first time I heard it I imagined Denmark and Norway singing. And of course Sweden is the guy trying to stop them. :XD:

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19th of April

Funny Movie

Funny Movie

If someone ever asks you if you would like to see a Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish or Russian comedy then...well, I won’t say “Run for your life!!” but I will say “Be careful”.

Movies in the north loves to deal with serious issues like death, drugs, alcohol and other fun stuff, and even most of our comedies will leave you with a feeling that the world is a horrible place.

You think I’m exaggerating? Fine, but don’t say I didn’t warn you when you sit in the dark, crying.

A nice example is this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE4ZBcK01HU It’s considered one of the funniest scenes in the movie. He doesn’t like that the cow is looking at him.
And punching woman is funny too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2WrE7SKmK4

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3rd of April

The law is the law

The law is the law

Apparently there is an old forgotten Danish law that nobody cared to remove, that says that if the Öresund sea freeze, and a Swede walks over to Denmark, Danes are allowed to hit him with sticks. The law doesn’t mention Norwegians, so they are free to visit.

Obviously the law if from back when Sweden and Denmark were constantly at war. :XD:

And Denmark and Sweden are friends now, so after getting this out of the way, Denmark invited Sweden for hot coco as well. :)

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15th of March
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Nordic Morning

Nordic Morning

(Please fullview. Looks tons better)

Sweden: Reading a Swedish newspaper.

Finland: Reading Sweden’s newspaper, and being slightly annoyed that he can understand it.

Norway: Making sure Denmark gets something to eat.

Denmark: Just woke up after spending the night under the table.

Iceland: Has been up for an hour and just came home after his usual morning jog.

I’ve been wanting to draw these guys eating breakfast together for a long time, and now I finally did. Also had fun using this style of colouring again.

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5th of March

Oh no he didn't

Oh no he didn't

America can be a little touchy on the subject, even when he is not directly involved.

We are no way near as touchy about slavery in Scandinavia because we mainly had white slaves from our own countries and Ireland.

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25th of February

Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics

And Scandinavia and the World is back! Thank you for being patient (Well, most of you anyway).

People keep asking if I’ll do a comic about the winter Olympics but I think sports are amazingly boring, so I’m not following them at all.

But a few days ago I came across an OL sum up on TV, and this was all I gathered from it:
Denmark sucks at everything that involves snow and/or ice.

This is probably the only winter OL comic I’ll do, so enjoy it. :D

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18th of February

World View

World View

Inspired by this drawing http://rondell.deviantart.com/art/Scandinavia-and-the-World-151389350 by http://rondell.deviantart.com/

South America is not North America’s invisible friend here. The Scandinavian boys just can't see him, just like North America can't see Denmark. :D

Few people in America know what Denmark is and surprisingly many sees Norway as the same thing as Sweden, which sounds ridicules to us over here, but I can guarantee you that if you asked random people on the streets of Scandinavia what all that land underneath America is, too many would either say “I don’t know” “Isn’t it all America?” or “Mexico?”. Or they would know it was South America, but have no idea what the countries within it was called. We know shit about South America.

And I put a link on the comic this time as many people have requested.

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3rd of February

Not a Yahtzee

Not a Yahtzee

You might have to say “yahtzee” out loud to get the joke.

Pretty much how the German government reacts whenever Nazis are mentioned, if German soldiers does something violent somewhere, or if anything that could in anyway make people think of Nazis happens. They’re quite paranoid about the subject.

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23rd of January