“L’Obsolescence programmée de nos sentiments” goes into 3rd printing, wins Prix Atomium and is nominated for best album of 2018, according to FNAC booksellers

It’s been an amazing year for the book that I made with Zidrou, L’Obsolescence Programmée de nos Sentiments, which was released this Summer. It went into 3rd printing this Summer, we won the Prix Atomium Citoyenne 2018 and we are nominated for the Prix BD FNAC / FRANCE INTER 2019. Here’s an update!


During the Fête De La BD in Brussels this Summer, we won the PRIX ATOMIUM CITOYENNE 2018 for the best comic book about “society issues”. The jury was happy to see a book that deals with loneliness, love at old age and the retreat of older people from society.


(Me and Zidrou accepting the Prix Atomium Citoyenne)

But there’s more! We are also nominated for the PRIX BD FNAC / FRANCE INTER for the best comic book of the year. The longlist includes 20 titles, as chosen by the booksellers of FNAC. The 20 books are all amazing and it’s already a huge honour to be on this list. The votes are now open, and on January 8 the shortlist will be announced. The big winner will be announced January 16. Follow the competition through this link: https://www.fnac.com/prix-bd-fnac

I’m very proud and I congratulate all the nominees on the list!


De Wereld Draait Door: bi-weekly animations

From September 2017 till March next year I’m making 2 animated music videos per month for the Dutch TV show De Wereld Draait Door. Every 2 weeks, my animations are screened during the performance of artists who perform live in the show. All 13 videos together form the story of life, from birth to death. This is why the item is called “Songs in the Key of Life”.

All videos can be found at the page of the show:https://dewerelddraaitdoor.bnnvara.nl/rubrieken/songs-in-the-key-of-life

Here’s an extract from this week’s video, which will screen tonight:


Cross Comix 2018

Just one more month until the 3rd edition of the Cross Comix Festival in Rotterdam, my hometown, will take place. The festival focusses on the crossovers between comics, art, media and music. The line-up is truly the best so far! Joe Sacco, Typex, Wende, Joris Luyendijk and Pepijn Lanen are among the guests this year. The festival takes place on November 18, in Schouwburg Rotterdam. Note: Most of the program will be in Dutch.

I’m also partly involved, because I’ll host the Smallpress Market and I’ll join the live discussion “True… Or false?” (about my reportage on Lesbos and the first draft of my new graphic novel, about photomanipulation in the 30s.). I’ll sign my latest books as well.
Also, I made this poster for the promotion of the festival. Spread the word! And see you there.

Tickets are € 27,50 – don’t wait too long before ordering!
More info & full program in Dutch on: http://www.crosscomix.nl


Signing sessions Fall 2018


Fall is upon us! Which means that the biggest comic book festivals are just around the corner. Here are the Fall signing sessions in The Netherlands and Belgium:

18 August: Stripspektakel Kampen
1-2 Sept: Amsterdam Comic Con
8 Sept: Signing session Het Besloten Land, Leuven
14-15-16 Sept: Fête De La Bande Dessinée Brussels with ZIDROU!
29-30 Sept: Stripfestival Breda
28 Oct – 4 Nov: Boekenbeurs Antwerpen
More to come!

Also, I’ll be on the radio August 15th to talk about my work! Catch me on Radio4, in the show “Opium Op 4”, 22:30 – 0:00 

Extra signeersessie LAMBIEK 27 juli

Vrijdag 27 juli vindt de laatste signeersessie van deze zomer plaats. En dat kan alleen maar op een hele bijzondere locatie zijn: in de oudste stripwinkel van Europa, stripwinkel LAMBIEK, Koningsstraat 27, Amsterdam.  Ik signeer “Bloesems in de Herfst” maar ook al mijn andere boeken.

We beginnen de signeersessie om 17:00 en gaan daarna in één vloeiende beweging door naar de vrijdagmiddagborrel, in de winkel of daarbuiten. Koud bier (en andere drankjes) staan klaar.

Tot vrijdag!



2nd print! Herdruk! Réimpression!


Good news!!! After 1,5 months L’Obsolescence Programmée de nos Sentiments AND the Dutch edition Bloesems in de Herfst are going to reprint! We will have a new stock just in time for the festivals of the Autumn season. I’m very happy and proud that the book is read by so many people. Thank you, everyone, who bought the book. Thank you too, if you suggested the book to a friend. We are very grateful and lucky to have so many readers. The responses that we’ve had are incredible, it’s such a gift to know how the book touches and moves people in ways that we hadn’t anticipated at all. From the bottom of our hearts: THANK YOU! MERCI! DANKJEWEL!


Preview of new graphic novel “L’Obsolescence Programmée de nos Sentiments”

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Read the preview of “Obsolescence Programmée de Nos Sentiments” at Calameo!

Prepublications of 4 chapters are alsno now available at the Dargaud website:


Book presentation DUTCH edition:
May 25 – Beeldverhaal Amsterdam 16:00-18:00

Book presentation FRENCH edition:
May 30, Librairie Flagey Brussels 17:00 – 20:00

Signing sessions will follow!