Carpe Diem: An international success story

Carpe Diem is a comic in the same vein as Larson’s ingenious Far Side strips but with a Swedish twist. Carpe Diem jokes about everything, from 3D printers and tweeting zebras to Google’s efforts to visually document the entire planet. There are no recurring characters in Carpe Diem, which means it can develop new ideas endlessly.

Bulls has represented Niklas Eriksson’s single-panel cartoon series since 2007, when it was fairly new on the scene. Carpe was sold to a range of newspapers in the Nordic region and later to Germany and Switzerland.

After a few years, Bulls succeeded in interesting the world’s largest comic-strip syndicate, Hearst-owned King Features, in the cartoons. Its chief editor at the time, Brendan Burford, waxed lyrical about Carpe Diem. Bulls and Niklas Eriksson visited New York and discussed how to make the selection and development process as efficient as possible. Amongst other matters, certain content is not publishable in the US in the same way as in Sweden. Sex and religion can be sensitive subjects. This has not proved a problem, however, since Niklas tends to joke about other topics.

Carpe Diem

© Niklas Eriksson/distr. Bulls

In 2014 extensive work began on translation, subtitles and the development of marketing materials. On 15 June 2015, Carpe Diem was launched in the US and was soon being sold to approx. 130 American newspapers. It was the most successful comic launch in the United States that year. Several American newspaper editors called Carpe Diem a new Larson, drawing a comparison with the enormously popular Gary Larson comics.

In 2014, Bulls and King Features began collaborating extensively, with the focus on translation, lettering and the production of marketing materials. On 15 June 2015, Carpe Diem was launched in the US and was rapidly snapped up by 130 American dailies. In fact it was the most successful cartoon launch in the country that year. A number of American newspaper editors described Carpe Diem as a new Larson, comparing Eriksson to the immensely popular cartoonist Gary Larson. 

Carpe Diem has come so far that it is now being published in China as well.

In 2014 extensive work began on translation, subtitles and the development of marketing materials. On 15 June 2015, Carpe Diem was launched in the US and was soon being sold to approx. 130 American newspapers. It was the most successful comic launch in the United States that year. Several American newspaper editors called Carpe Diem a new Larson, drawing a comparison with the enormously popular Gary Larson comics.

Carpe Diem has come so far in the world that it is even published in China.

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