Júlíus Valdimarsson  is a recent BA graduate in visual communication from the Iceland Academy of the Arts. His final project Landvætturinn is a graphic novel and a story about an Icelandic boy named Atli, who is chosen to fight for justice and protect the land.

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Conceived as an introduction to comic book reading for children between 12 and 16 years old, the project aims to fill a gap in the market of Icelandic language comic books that are currently available.  It helps to enrich the material available to those who feel insecure reading English.

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The work exhibited here is only a part of the first chapter of Landvætturinn and presents the title character as he was when the first settlers came to Iceland. The next part of the story introduces the main protagonist Atli.


Along with the comic book itself, this exhibit details the process that the illustrator went through in drawing it.  Here, people can see the comic book at different stages of the work process, giving them greater insight into its production.

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This graphic novel is in its first stages and is thought as a teaser for the whole story, which will be completed this coming summer.

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This is our second edition of our yearly round-up of final projects by brand new designers graduating from the Iceland Academy of the Arts. See all our posts on the student works  here.


Story by Bjarki Dagur Svanþórsson
Illustrations and Images by Júlíus Valdimarsson