Happy New Year

Happy 2017!
I don’t have to tell you that 2016 has been really good to me. After years of working in the Dutch comic scene, I was finally introduced to the French, Belgian, British and American scene. All I can say is that I love my job even more now! I met some of my heroes, like Scott McCloud, Frank Pé, Lambil, and animator Michael Dudok de Wit. And most of it happened through the release of my graphic novel ‘The Return of the Honey Buzzard’. It was finally launched in France by Dargaud, in Spain by Ponent Mon, in Serbia by Komiko and in the US / UK by Selfmadehero. The film based on the book was finished too, and all I can say is that it’s really, really good. It will broadcast on Dutch TV soon.  Also, one of my childhood dreams came true: I had the chance to work with the great people of Dupuis and Spirou.  And as for animation, after working our asses off for a year, Lavinia Meijer, Arthur Antoine and I finished our 70-minute animation project Behind the Telescopes.
Probably my most memorable time was at SPX Washington – though I had only spent 4 days there, somehow I can still feel the afterglow. The people there were so welcoming and inspiring that I really want to try and get back this year.

Here’s probably the last thing I drew in 2016. A Valérian hommage for the (exclusive) Ballon Media 2017 calendar. Best wishes to you all! x


Out now: Les Tuniques Bleues / De Blauwbloezen hommage book

Out now! The brand new anthology ‘De Blauwbloezen – Een hommage door’…


‘De Blauwbloezen’ (or ‘Les Tuniques Bleues’) is still one of the best-selling series in the Belgian comic scene, and I’ve had the honor of making a short story based on the comic for publisher Dupuis. This has been a life-long dream for me, and definitely the best project I’ve worked on this year. I read the series as a little kid, and I adored all of the Dupuis-classics. So needless to say, this was a very special anthology to be a part of.

My 6-page story ‘De jongen met de trommel’ is featured among the comics of 19 other amazing artists. But that’s not all – because for the Dutch version, I also designed the cover (see above).

A great thank-you goes out to Kim Sanders of Ballon Media, who made me a part of this whole project, and Laurence Van Tricht, who edited the book.

If you want to see some of the original drawings from the book, there’s still an amazing exhibition in the Brussels Comic Center, which features original pages from the hommages and from the original series. More info: https://www.stripmuseum.be/nl/tentoonstellingen/de-gallery/ze-zijn-blauw-en-ze-blo-e-zen-t-zijn-de-blauwbloezen

So… Go get that book!

Another old one: ‘Spinoza’

This comic was made for the project Graphic Poem in 2013, which was a series of comics based on amazing poems. Mine was based on ‘Spinoza’, written by the poet and actor Steph Goossens. Thanks to David van Baelen and Leuven Stript VZW, who made this all possible.


Behind The Telescopes premiere

Last Saturday, our project ‘Behind the Telescopes’ premiered in Leiden. We had a blast! It was so special to see it all come together on stage, together with Lavinia Meijer and Arthur Antoine. Here are some photos by my love Bob Bruyn!


– 29 October: Leiden Internation Film Festival, Stadsgehoorzaal
– 30 October: Klik! International Animation Festival, Eye Film Institute, Amsterdam
– 6 November: Big Bang Festival, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
– 11 December: Lantaren/Venster, Rotterdam
– 20 January: Theaters Tilburg (Artist in Residence)
– 7 February: Parkstad Limburg Theaters (Artist in Residence)
– 2 April: CCXL Vlissingen
– 9 April: World Minimal Music Festival, Muziekgebouw a/h IJ, Amsterdam
– 14 May: Schouwburg Cuijk