THE FRUIT OF THE PAST
A peculiar elderly man openly shares his experiences at the local hot-dog stand, hoping that someone will listen.
During an Easter break, a gang of teenagers makes friends with a significantly older and mysterious man who turns out to possess an unexpected number of talents. Two bored teenagers who have not seen each other since they were children reunite after a party during their last summer in their home town.
A sawmill is in strike and a father struggles to support his family with what little he has. A family takes care of an injured swallow that has crashed outside their house.
My name is Jeff Östberg. I am originally from Kramfors, an industrial town located in Västernorrland which has been associated with the wood industry since the 20th Century, even though considerably fewer sawmills remain today. THE FRUIT OF THE PAST is an attempt to use comics as a basis to create a link between different generations in a town that, in a way, laid the foundation of the modern, Swedish welfare society. It is a story that uses a fragmentary approach and character to create a kind of bridge between different events in time. A journey backwards in order to, in turn, be able to travel forward. It is a story about relationships between children and adults, about exclusion and friendship, about people from times past and about those who live in invisibility, in the margins. This takes place in a town surrounded by large forests, which seems to have stagnated for a long time; the wooden houses are abandoned one by one and there are fewer and fewer jobs but it is a town that, in spite of this, remains and sometimes shows signs of life.