Christmas is coming

It’s that time of year again! The twinkling lights, the frantic buying of gifts (why not purchase a few comics for under the Xmas tree? You’ll be the hit of the party!).

My alter ego Reverend De Heer is having a hard time with all the festive preparations…

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(This comic was published in magazine Predikant & Samenleving in 2012)

And for those who are wondering “What is Christmas really all about?” here’s a page from my graphic novel Religion: a Discovery in Comics, with a very brief summary of the life of Jesus:

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My Secret Parallel Life

A long time ago, following in the footsteps of my parents, I chose to study theology, and I even graduated – so it’s only by a happy quirk of fate that I’m a comic artist now and not a minister in some faraway parish… Thank God!

Maybe somewhere, in a parallel universe, I DID become Reverend De Heer after all. I’m exploring the alternative life I could be leading in this comic I’m making for the Dutch Protestant Church Ministers Union Magazine:

(The “picturesque parish of Brokkenhoek” is a spoof on the actual village of Okkenbroek, where I grew up. The church and rectory as I draw them are exactly the same as the church my father was minister of and the house we lived in – only mirrored)

I’m actually quite enjoying drawing my parallel life.

Although, if I had become a minister, my title would probably rather be: “Irreverend De Heer”.