Bern, on the corner of Freiburg road to Brunn Matt road: in Front of the children’s emergency Department of the inselspital is in Chaos. Cars criss-cross, people scurry around, and police officers in uniforms try to keep it in check.

In the entrance area of the hospital tents, scantily covered by a screen. And from the car radio, a speaker will sound: “The summer flu has now already for some weeks, in spite of mass vaccination. Over a hundred people have died in the past week on the consequences of the Virus.”

No Bernese foliage idyll

no, this is not the description of the current conditions in the Corona-crisis, but rather the description of a photo-realistic drawn double-page spread from the comic strip “The case” of the Bernese author Jared Muralt (38). In 2018, he has published this gloomy Vision in a first Band, at the beginning of April is the continuation.

the Deadly virus, hoarding, looting, mass displacement and a preceding heat wave: “The fall” is how the images of history to the current case. “Quite surreal” to feel it when his drawings to get a reference to Reality, says Muralt. The result is that All want to buy his Comic. “Orders in our online shop have increased since the outbreak of the Coronavirus rapidly,” he says.

In the center of “The fall” are Liam, his teenage daughter, Sophia, and her little brother Max. Mother, Marie, who works in the hospital, the Virus to the victim. So you have to fight to third through a ruined urban landscape, similar to the ugly side of Bern. Nothing because of the foliage idyll of the old town.

is Pure selfishness instead of solidarity

“When I began in 2016 with the Writing of “The fall”, I wanted to show the vulnerability of our society and find out what is hidden under the cloak of our civilization,” says Muralt. He lives in the disaster, often in his head, and a part of him had been in fear that something like that could really happen.

However, there is a significant difference between his drawn and our of the Corona-crisis-scarred world. “In contrast to the current Situation of the pandemic hits in my history, a society that is already suffering from a severe economic crisis, and thus the death shock,” says Muralt.

“The case” presents a hostile environment: In a looted Coop branch Liam and his children can get milk, Apples, and a last pack of pasta. But the happiness is short-lived: A man threatened her with a knife and takes the goods again. Nothing because of solidarity, pure selfishness reigns.

The Comic-crazy France discovered Muralt

So pessimistic, Jared Muralt? “No, I believe in the Good in people,” he says and continues restrictive, “as long as he has food for himself and his children enough.” In this respect, Muralt – himself a father of three – year-old twins, is optimistic about the Corona-crisis, because the security of supply of food is guaranteed.

“I feel the position as a very quiet and peaceful,” he says. “The silence is almost something Idyllic about it.” He could suddenly spend a lot of time with his partner and the children, and have, inevitably, more space for themselves. An idyllic silence, in the during the last days again and again, the phone was clean and for the hassle caused. Reason: In the Comic-crazy and Corona-torn France just appeared the first volume of “The fall” under the title “La Chute” (the crash).

Muralt was permitted to give a few Interviews, and the daily Newspapers “Le Monde” and “Le Figaro” has published a well-reviews of wool by the end. As Le Figaro wrote, “” of a scary diving in the Apocalypse, agree with the actuality terrifying. “For a comic artist from Switzerland, I feel it is a great honor,” says Muralt. He was, however, aware that he owes all the big Echo also the circumstances of the crisis.

“I am interested in the transformation”

Jared, an old Testament Aryan Name meaning “descent”, 1982 as the son of an Italian father and a Swiss citizen in Bern for the world. After the preliminary course at the school of design in the city of his birth Muralt completed an apprenticeship as a decorative designer. As a freelance graphic designer, had also worked for the New York Times, make he founded in 2011 along with three friends, the Bernese graphic collective Blackyard, where he “published The case”.

“Fin du monde” (2012), “The End of Bon Voyage” (2015), “dance of death” (2016): The Muralt, the titles of some of the earlier works of Jared. What is the origin of his interest in the Finite? “To me, the transformation,” he says, “the Transition from one state to the next are especially interested in.” The Destructive is only a part, then something New was coming.

On the question of whether he sees his characters like to suffer, he has to laugh for a moment and says as far as he would go. “But you can’t write a post-apocalyptic Story in which the protagonists have to pass through,” says Muralt and supplemented in relation to the reality: “You have to keep in mind also, how many people live on our planet, in fact, close to the zero level, and this is referred to as the Apocalypse.”

From the city-Chaos in the mountain-hell

In the second omnibus volume of “The fall” to be pushed Liam and his two children of the famine from the city to the country to the grandparents. Now no longer used Bern as a template for the drawings, but the Valais mountain village of Gondo and the Hotel Gornergrat whether Zermatt. The supposed rescue proves to be a fatal mistake, because of all the Evil in the mountains of snow.

Liam, Sophia, and Max tow with the last of his strength to the cabin of the grandparents. But then: “Everything is empty! Nothing to eat, and where are Alma and Grandpa?”, asks Sophia. Resigned, she notes: “Nothing of what has been promised Papa to us, is true!” At the summit, the three have reached the low point. But Jared Muralt promises improvement, because with the second volume of The case is “not” to end – to be continued.

There’s the Optimist again Muralt. “Yes, all in All, I would say that I see the world in a positive way,” he says. Then again, restrict: “however, There are some topics, because I’m rather pessimistic.” The fabric for his apocalyptic Comics is not for him to go out.

Jared Muralt, “The case,” volume 2, Tintenkilby-Verlag, 4. April, available online via:


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