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We are experiencing a time refered to as "post-fact", where political leaders will and can say and mean anything, regardless of whether it is based on facts or not.
This is a slippery slope for society, as actions are taken based on these statements. Information is flowing fast through the veins of the web, and few are willing or able to research these utterings. It is far easier and quicker to just respond and pass them on.
Øyvind Sagåsen, also known by his pseudonym Flis, was born in 1969 in the small industrial town of Odda, Norway. He started his career as a comic artist in 1989, founding the comic association Norsk Seriebyrå, along with the English-born Kristian Walters. After a few years, Norwegian newspapers and magazines started printing their comics and cartoons.
| Photo (detail): © Øyvind Sagåsen
Since 2001, Sagåsen has mainly been focusing on Radio Gaga, a comic series published by big Norwegian newspapers like Aftenposten and the popular comic magazine Pondus. Radio Gaga deals with the lives of six people working at a local radio station. The medium of radio at the centre of the series allows the artist to include current political and social issues.
Sagåsen concentrates on humour and satire. He finds inspiration in anything comedic, be it on paper, on stage or on screen. British sitcoms such as Black Books and Green Wing or stand-up comedy provide the artist with new ideas for his drawings. Long story short: anything that manages to highlight a problem and make you laugh at the same time is suitable for an Øyvind Sagåsen book. When he's not working on a cartoon, Sagåsen plays bass in a rock 'n' roll band. He lives in Stavanger, Norway.
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