“Blossoms in Autumn” out in the UK!

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Hi everyone,

Blossoms in Autumn, my latest book written by the incredible Zidrou, has finally been released in the UK by the British publisher Selfmadehero! You can now find it in any UK comic book store and you can order it online. The reviews that are coming in are fantastic and we’re so very happy with all of them. For more info about the book, check out the publisher’s website https://selfmadehero.com/books/blossoms-in-autumn

And here’s a small selection of reviews…..

The Guardian (Graphic novel of the month) “Not only is it full of hope and tenderness. It also acknowledges, in the plainest way possible, something that many people find hard to believe, which is that desire doesn’t end when a person turns 50; in fact, in the right circumstances, it may begin to grow all the stronger.”
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/02/blossoms-in-autumn-zidrou-aimee-de-jongh-review-graphic-novel

Broken Frontier: “Zidrou and Aimée de Jongh’s graphic novel is a raw, honest, poignant and quite beautiful meditation on love and ageing”
http://www.brokenfrontier.com/de-jongh-zidrou-selfmadehero-blossoms-in-autumn/

The Beat: “The idea here is that your life can be your eternal slumber or your meandering journey, but your old age can be both the magical moment you awaken to find a new shining reality and the goal of your endless quest, and these two circumstances can merge to create something enchanting.”
https://www.comicsbeat.com/indie-view-everything-old-is-new-again-in-blossoms-in-autumn/

DownTheTubes.net: “A beautiful, warm, joyful story, deftly handled by a writer, an artist and a translator at the top of their game.”
https://downthetubes.net/?p=105465

The Comics Journal:  “Blossoms in Autumn captures the poetry of human relationships along with the belief that life might hold a few surprises in store, should we allow ourselves to welcome them.”
http://www.tcj.com/reviews/blossoms-in-autumn/

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SIGNING SESSION @ ABC AMSTERDAM
If you live in the Netherlands and you want your book signed, come to the American Book Centre, Spui 12, Amsterdam on April 5th 18:30 – 19:30. I’ll sign the English copies there at the NL Book Launch and Signing event!

SIGNING SESSION @ TCAF TORONTO
I will also sign the book at TCAF Toronto, with the support of Nova Scotia, The Netherlands Literature Fund, Conundrum Press, and SelfMadeHero. TCAF takes place May 11th / May 12th in the Toronto Reference Library. More info: http://www2.torontocomics.com/

The book will be available in the US fromMay 2019. More signing dates will be announced.

For more pictures from the book, visit: http://www.aimeedejongh.com/bloesemsindeherfst.html

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Carry Slee: ‘Durf Te Schrijven’ nu in de boekhandel!

Yes! Deze week ligt eindelijk “Durf Te Schrijven!” van kinderboekenauteur Carry Slee in de winkel! Dit is een schrijfhandboek voor jong en oud, waarin ze openlijk vertelt over het schrijversvak, de worstelingen, tegenslagen, en natuurlijk over het maken van een goed verhaal. Ik mocht voor het boek zo’n 40 illustraties maken om de vele opdrachten en anekdotes uit haar persoonlijke leven te verbeelden. Een grote eer, want ook ik heb vroeger Carry Slee gelezen…. Nu in elke boekhandel!

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Announcement: Silver Award Winner of the 12th Japan International Manga Awards

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Exciting news, everyone! Official Announcement and personal statement:

“L’Obsolescence Programmée de Nos Sentiments” by Zidrou and Aimée de Jongh is one of the Silver Award winners of the 12th Japan International Manga Award 2019. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan founded the award to honor the manga artists who are contributing to the development of manga culture in the world. The Gold and Silver Award winners are invited to the Award Ceremony in Tokyo and will stay for 10 days, visiting Japanese manga studios, animation studios, publishers and museums in Tokyo and Kyoto.” https://www.manga-award.mofa.go.jp/index_e.html

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That’s the official part. Now the personal part.
This award means a lot to me. Manga has been an influence for 16 years (that’s half of my life) and it’s still one of my main sources of inspiration. I remember buying Akira vol. 1 when I was 14, and being blown away by the art. Later, I discovered many more giants: Tezuka, Junji Ito, Taiyo Matsumoto. They had a huge influence on my style of drawing. But there was more. It was manga that got me my first publication at 17 (Aimée TV). It was manga that made me study Animation at 18. It was manga that made me meet the most special people, some of them are close friends till this day. It is a great honour to receive a Japanese prize dedicated to manga, and being selected by Japanese manga artists themselves. If I have been promoting manga culture in any way, it was always with pleasure. I think it’s one of the richest and most beautiful art forms in the world.
I want to thank Zidrou and my editors Ryun and Yves at Dargaud Benelux – without them, we would never have won this award in the first place. But I mostly want to dedicate this prize to the manga community of the Netherlands. These are people who are still passionately organizing manga and anime conventions every year, publishing magazines, and drawing dojinshis. Without the support of my own dojinshi circle, Cheesecake Studio, I wouldn’t be where I am now. Thank you guys, for everything, and for making me feel at home.

Unfortunately, Zidrou is not able to come to Japan, so tomorrow, I will fly to Tokyo on my own. It will be a crazy trip… but lots of fun. See you in 10 days.

More info: https://www.manga-award.mofa.go.jp

“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!

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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.

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(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!

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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:

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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

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Signing sessions Fall 2018

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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!

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2nd print! Herdruk! Réimpression!

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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!

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

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PREPUBLICATIONS

Read the preview of “Obsolescence Programmée de Nos Sentiments” at Calameo!
https://www.calameo.com/read/0049247976105dcea728e?authid=ucu73QEA2ae6

Prepublications of 4 chapters are alsno now available at the Dargaud website:
http://www.dargaud.com/static/obsolescence-programmee-des-sentiments/

 SAVE THE DATE! BOOK LAUNCH DATES!

Book presentation DUTCH edition:
May 25 – Beeldverhaal Amsterdam 16:00-18:00
https://www.facebook.com/events/886256331546682/

Book presentation FRENCH edition:
May 30, Librairie Flagey Brussels 17:00 – 20:00
https://www.facebook.com/events/893762914137542/

Signing sessions will follow!