Science: Happy Birthday, Ada Lovelace!

December 10, 2013 by  
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Today 198 years ago Ada Lovelace was born – an exceptionally bright woman who became the first ever computer programmer. She led a short but interesting and in the end rather tragic life, which I’d like to commemorate with this comic:

This page is actually NOT from my book Science: a Discovery in Comics, but from a small booklet I made about seven famous friendships – of which that between Ada and Charles Babbage was an important one.

But Ada Lovelace IS mentioned in my Science book, in the chapter about women scientists. By now, she is a role model for female scientists everywhere, and  even has her own celebratory day in October, Ada Lovelace Day.

Happy birthday, Ada! We who are all seated behind our computers today, salute you!

 

‘t Is the Season…

December 1, 2013 by  
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Festivities are in the air – here in Holland we have no less than TWO this month. On the 5th of December, we celebrate Sinterklaas, the white-bearded saint from Spain, who visits our country with his army of Black Petes to shower the children with lavish gifts.

Here’s a comic I did in 2006, combining Sint and the political climate that year:

 

A year before, I made this one for girls magazine Yes:

And as soon as Sint leaves, we’ll be getting trees in to prepare for Christmas, which is always fun.

Season’s greetings, everyone!

And don’t forget: Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics and Science: a Discovery in Comics make excellent X-mas gifts!

You can order them here!

Science: Happy Evolution Day!

November 24, 2013 by  
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It’s Evolution Day – the anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s book On the Origin of Species! Today, 154 years ago, Darwin’s work finally appeared in print, more than twenty years after he returned from his famous journey with The Beagle.

To celebrate, here are two pages from my book Science: a Discovery in Comics:

Want to read more?

Buy Science: a Discovery in Comics at your nearest comics-/book-store or online!

(Or check it out at your library, I hear the book has hit many libraries by now)

The End of a Comic

November 11, 2013 by  
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It’s part of a comic artist’s life that assignments come and go. Last year, I was asked by magazine Open Deur to make a comic for their back page. It was a bit of an experiment for them, for the run of one year. And now the year is over and they decided to discontinue the comic.

Open Deur is a Dutch magazine that’s given out for free in churches. It has a very liberal and open character (hence the name: Open Door) and every issue has a special theme – sometimes very biblical, at other times more general. The editors gave me free range, and I took the opportunity to make the comic into a bit of an experimental place for myself. In ten issues, I have drawn very different things. I drew a Sandbox Dialogue, a comic featuring God and also did some full page illustrations. But what kept coming up were the adventures of a nameless family: father, mother and son.

Here’s the mother and son in a story about the bible book of Esther:

And here’s one about Freedom, that did not get published in the end since the back page was needed for something else:

I liked how these characters “worked”.

Maybe they’ll pop up in a later comic, you never know. But for now, it’s the end for this particular comics run.

On to the next assignment!

Press & Praise for Science

November 4, 2013 by  
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Science: a Discovery in Comics has been out for two months now, and has received a few really good reviews:

 

Marc Mason in the Comics Waiting Room:

“Absolutely terrific.”

“Her art is simple and straight-forward, and she always chooses function over form: everything works to service the lessons she is trying to impart. When people ask me about how comics can serve a purpose in the classroom, this is precisely the kind of book I use to demonstrate that very thing.”

Win Wiacek on ComicsReview.co.uk:

“A truly sharp and witty book.”
“Clear, concise, appropriately challenging and informatively funny, Science – A Discovery in Comics is a wonder of unpretentious, exuberant graphic craft and a timeless book we can all enjoy.”

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Mark Squirek in the New York Journal of Books:

“Science: A Discovery in Comics is a book that will inspire both five year olds and their grandparents as they laugh along in discovery.”

Rob McMonigal on PanelPatter.com:

“I can’t recommend this one highly enough, both for younger readers and adults who enjoy overviews of expansive subjects.”

Martha Thomases on ComicMix.com:

“If you have a curious kid in your household, you could do worse than get her this book. Even if that kid is 60 years old.”

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There have also been three great interviews:

 

Needless to say, I’m over the moon with all these positive reviews and interviews!

Go buy my book! That many reporters can’t be wrong!

Stella’s Stuffed Toys

October 28, 2013 by  
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Sometimes I come across an old comic I made that makes me giggle. This one about Stella, which appeared in 2007 in magazine Flo’, still makes me laugh. I hope I captured something Calvin&Hobbes-y in there:

Win a signed copy of Science

October 18, 2013 by  
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Are you on Goodreads? Then enter this giveaway for a chance to win one of three signed copies of Science: a Discovery in Comics.

Just click on this picture and it will take you there:

The History of Dutch Comics

October 9, 2013 by  
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On display in Museum Meermanno in The Hague right now: a great exhibition of 200 years of Dutch comics! Ever since I helped putting Dutch Comics History online on Lambiek.net, the subject has been a bit of a hobby of mine. So I was very pleased and honored when the museum asked me to draw a magazine to accompany the exhibition. It’s become a 40-page comic book, relating the history of Dutch comics mostly through several children of the past, who tell which comic they like best and why. The book is for sale only at the museum, as long as the expo lasts, which is until January 12, 2014. But here’s a bit of a preview:

 

I also made a short VideoScribe (in Dutch) with a few of the old comics and children from the book. Click on the picture to see it on YouTube:

The Million Year Picnic

September 26, 2013 by  
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Yesterday, I did a book signing at comic store The Million Year Picnic in Cambridge, and it was a great experience. The store is small but very complete, and they set me up a nice little corner with both of my books, Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics and Science: a Discovery in Comics.

The right part of this picture was taken by Clay Fernald, who did a great interview with me that was published only hours before on DigBoston.com. I think it had some effect, since people came in steadily and I had some great conversations and signed quite a number of books.

In between, Yiri and I had nice conversations with the store owner, Tony, who told us that the store’s name is actually the title from a Ray Bradbury story from 1948 – it was adapted as a comic and published in EC Comics’ Weird Fantasy in 1953. This comic was the first that the original founder of the store ever read. Tony showed us the comic, and I think it’s a great story. There’s some wise words words about science in it that I thought I’d include here:

Yiri and I also had time to start a double-comic, but we didn’t quite finish it:

We really enjoyed our hours in the store – thank you Tony and crew for inviting us! We hope to be back some day!

Booklyn

September 23, 2013 by  
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Yesterday, we were at the Brooklyn Book Festival, which was awesome: great weather, lots of people, lots of sales. Here I am with the merchandise:

In the first few hours, before it got really busy, Yiri and I drew this comic:

The figure with us behind the booth is our beloved publisher, Terry Nantier. The character visiting the booth is NarcissMan, one of Yiri’s creations.

We’re having a blast here in the States. Our next stop will be in Boston next Wednesday, at marvelous Harvard Square comic store The Million Year Picnic.

On Friday we’ll be back in Brooklyn, at the esteemed Bergen Street Comics. They made a really nice announcement, which is featured everywhere, even on Times Square I think.

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