I guess I should prepare for e-fame now!
Fortunately, animators Jaltoid made this handy survival guide – watch it, it’s hilarious!
This comic about Friday the Thirteenth was made in 2007 for children’s magazine Jippo. I wrote the script, and Belgian colleague Floris De Smedt made the drawings – and added so much fun to it by coming up with all kinds of things happening in the background!
It’s Groundhog Day! We’re celebrating either six more weeks of winter or not; and I’m celebrating that my Groundhog Design for the Spoonflower contest came in sixth place, securing a place in the coveted Top Ten Bundle!
This is the drawing I made:
And this is what it looks like on fabric:
In July, I blogged about my first exploits on awesome fabric-design-site Spoonflower, and by now my shop has grown to this (and this is not even all of it yet):
Most of these designs were made for the weekly contest. I love to get inspired by these diverse themes, and working on a design is a nice change of pace from working on my newest book, Global Power: a Discovery in Comics, which is rather content-heavy.
Here are some of the designs I particularly liked making:
For the Calligraphy contest I chose this John Lennon song text.
For the Library contest I crammed in a few literary (and one graphic novel) references – can you spot all four?
I loved the Cat Damask contest and my design actually did quite well, coming out around fiftieth place out of over 300 entries. If I ever live in a country house and need special wallpaper for the library/drawing room, I’ll use this!
For the Rhino Contest I drew Nine Rhinos on Bikes – and lo and behold, they now adorn a children’s bedroom in the North of Holland!
The Neighborhood contest was all about drawing you own surroundings. This is the street we live on and the park in fron of our house. A world unto itself!
The Tennis contest was fun although I’m not sure this came out as well as it could have. It’s fun to look at, though. Maybe I shouldn’t have used the computer-tennis fields.
I didn’t know what a Toile de Jouy was until the contest asked for one with a wintery theme. So here it is – if I have any antique chairs to upholster, I might opt for this design. Or a simple tea towel might be nice as well.
All these designs are for sale – as fabric, wallpaper or wrapping paper. You can order them from my Spoonflower Shop. If you want a certain design done a little differently – in size, or color, or whatever – just contact me and I will make it so.
The current contest is Rocket themed. Below is my entry – if you like it, please vote for it here!
English version below.
I was about to proudly announce that my graphic novel Religion: a Discovery in Comics will be published this year by NBM – when the attack on Charlie Hebdo happened and left me speechless.
This might not be the best time to promote a work that puts pictures and religious thought together. Or maybe it is the best of times, now that there’s this enormous graphic surge of cartoons that cry out for freedom of speech.
I don’t know. But here are two pages of my upcoming book that have some bearing on all that is happening.
Here’s the New Year’s card Yiri and I made:
Yes, it’s a direct tribute to this famous Calvin & Hobbes strip by Bill Watterson:
What are we dancing about in the New Year? Well, for the pending publication of Religion: a Discovery in Comics, for starters. It will be out at NBM in Fall, and this is the cover:
I made this comic for the online magazine FictionCrowd.com:
This weekend Holland commemorates the 201st anniversary of the landing of William, the first King of our monarchy. Each year, this landing is re-enacted on the beach of Scheveningen – William arrives by boat from England, whence he was summoned to rule the newly “liberated” Netherlands (although some of the French occupants were still in the country at that time). It was a daring, risky enterprise, which turned out extremely well: most of the Dutch people (well orchestrated by politician Van Hogendorp) were ecstatic to have the old power back and embraced William and his family as their new royal house.
People even stood on the roof to cheer their new ruler as he rode into The Hague!
This comic is part of a travelling exhibition, initiated by Museum Meermanno. The exhibition consists of ten panels, telling the history of William I in comics (by me) and adjoining texts (by Marc Kleijnen). The exhibition can now be seen for free in the library of Heiloo.
My comic book about Religion (yet to be published in the U.S., hopefully next year) has just been released in South Korea! It’s really strange to see my pictures combined with (for me) illegible signs – and even stranger (but very nice-strange) to find that people so far away are not only reading the book, but actually twittering about it!
Here are the tweets I found:
This cover is so different from the original one, but I do like it. I drew the front illustration especially for the Korean edition. The title translates to something like “Religion is a personal affair”.
This is a bit about the history of Hinduism:
And here’s the sedar table, at the heart of Judaism:
This is about meditation, in the chapter about Buddhism:
It’s a very gratifying thought that people in a country so far away, with such a different cultural background, seem to appreciate the outlook on religion of a Dutch protestant Christian-raised, Buddhism-interested, Hinduism-infatuated, Judaism-appreciating, Islam-valuing girl like me!
Publisher Bulkwang has published all of my three books in the last year! The cooperation over such a distance and language barrier was managed smoothly by Amo Agency. I’m very proud of this!
This book will probably be published in the U.S. with the title Religion: a Discovery in Comics.
And we continue the history of Holland – specifically, the life of William I, the first King, who found himself pretty down and out under Napoleon’s rule, until…
This comic is part of a travelling exhibition, initiated by Museum Meermanno. The exhibition consists of ten panels, telling the history of William I in comics (by me) and adjoining texts (by Marc Kleijnen). The exhibition can now be seen for free in the library of Eygelshoven.