History illustrated

Jennifer Kingsley
September 13, 2016

Nuka K. Godtfredsen is the creator of four graphic novels about Greenland’s history from the early Inuit migrations to contact with the Norse. He begins with a manuscript, then a storyboard, then the drawings. Each two-page spread takes a month to complete.

Nuka researches every detail from fashion to ship’s rigging, hunting equipment, and castle design. Many of the characters are modeled from his friends and family. To make sure their movements are as realistic as possible, he uses a Lego robot that belongs to his kids.

Nuka’s books are now being used in the Greenlandic school system and they’ve been translated from Greenlandic into Danish, English, and Japanese. “It’s really exciting to know something about all of this on a personal level and to understand the diversity of history. For the longest time I have been interested in the pre-history of Greenland, and this project gave me a way to do it.”

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Nuka K. Godtfredsen, the creator of a graphic novel series on Greenland's history.