Roald Als

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Roald Als
Born (1948-04-02) April 2, 1948 (age 70)
Frederiksberg, Denmark
Nationality Denmark
Area(s) Cartoonist, author
Awards Danish Ministry of Culture Illustrator Award (1988)
National Press Club Award (2008)

Roald Als (born April 2, 1948) is a Danish cartoonist best known for his editorial cartoons in the Danish newspapers Weekendavisen and Politiken.

Cartoonist visual artist who makes cartoons

A cartoonist is a visual artist who specializes in drawing cartoons. This work is often created for entertainment, political commentary, or advertising. Cartoonists may work in many formats, such as booklets, comic strips, comic books, editorial cartoons, graphic novels, manuals, gag cartoons, graphic design, illustrations, storyboards, posters, shirts, books, advertisements, greeting cards, magazines, newspapers, and video game packaging.

Weekendavisen is a Danish weekly broadsheet newspaper published on Fridays in Denmark. Its circulation is approximately 60,000 copies, about ten per cent of which cover subscriptions outside Denmark. According to opinion polls, however, the actual number of readers is much higher. Perceived to be a continuation of the original Berlingske Tidende, Weekendavisen regards itself as the world's oldest newspaper.

<i>Politiken</i> Swedish language newspaper published in 1907 in Turku, Grand Duchy of Finland

Politiken is a leading Danish daily broadsheet newspaper, published by JP/Politikens Hus in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was founded in 1884 and played a role in the formation of the Danish Social Liberal Party. Since 1970 it has been independent of the party but maintains a liberal stance. It now runs an online newspaper, politiken.dk. The paper's design has won several international awards, and a number of its journalists have won the Cavling Prize.

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Biography

Roald Als was born in Frederiksberg, Denmark on April 2, 1948. [1] His first published cartoon appeared in the national newspaper Politiken in 1968. [1]

Frederiksberg Place in Capital

Frederiksberg is a part of the Capital Region of Denmark. It is formally an independent municipality, Frederiksberg Municipality, separate from Copenhagen Municipality, but both are a part of the City of Copenhagen. It occupies an area of less than 9 km2 and had a population of 103,192 in 2015.

Denmark Sovereign state and Scandinavian country in northern Europe

Denmark, officially the Kingdom of Denmark, is a Nordic country and the southernmost of the Scandinavian nations. Denmark lies southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and is bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark also comprises two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark proper consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and an archipelago of 443 named islands, with the largest being Zealand, Funen and the North Jutlandic Island. The islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate. Denmark has a total area of 42,924 km2 (16,573 sq mi), land area of 42,394 km2 (16,368 sq mi), and the total area including Greenland and the Faroe Islands is 2,210,579 km2 (853,509 sq mi), and a population of 5.8 million.

During the 1970s, Als' political cartoons appeared in Hovedbladet , Politisk Revy , Ugebladet København , Levende Billeder among other liberal-oriented publications. [1] Als said, in Danish, "The newspapers always supported a proper salary for the working class, so it was actually strange that one always worked for them for free." [1]

Politisk Revy was a Danish bi-weekly political magazine with new left tendency. The magazine was named after the 1920s critical magazine, Critical Revue. Politisk Revy existed between 1963 and 1987.

Als was employed at the Danish weekly newspaper Weekendavisen from 1980 to 1994. [1] When his former boss at Weekendavisen became editor of the daily newspaper Politiken, Als moved with him. Als has been employed with Politiken from 1994 to the present where his drawings are known for the accuracy of their details. [1] Als has also illustrated books and written cookbooks.

Als was married the first time with Eliza Fonnesbach-Sandberg in 1970. [2] He married Annette Margethe Rasmussen in 1990. [2]

Awards

Als has been the recipient of several awards and grants including the Alfred Schmidt Grant (1982), The Danish Ministry of Culture Illustrator Award (1988), The Danish Ministry of Culture Initiative Award (1988), Kai Svarre's Grant (1992), Danish Illustrator of the Year (1996), the Carsten Nielsen Grant (1998), the Victor Award (2001), the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions Culture Award (2003) and the Danish National Press Club Award (2008). [2]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rasmussen, Ole (October 24, 2006). "Roald Als". Politiken.
  2. 1 2 3 "Als, Roald". Danske Literaturpriser. Retrieved 2008-05-25.