New book “L’Obsolescence programmée de nos sentiments” released in May / June 2018


FINISHED! The new book, my second graphic novel, is done. It took a long time. Longer than I wanted. In 2015, I met Zidrou for the first time in Brussels, at the Dargaud Benelux offices. He asked me what I wanted to draw, and I said: a love story. He had two scenarios with him, which we never used.

In the summer of 2015, I visited Zidrou in Spain to work on the book for a week. The beginning of the scenario was there. It was a romance between two older people. “Love after  60”, he said. I immediately liked it.


After feedback and corrections, the scenario was really finished in January 2016. Then I started drawing. And again. And again. I think I started over 10 times, always dissatisfied. I didn’t feel like it was going in the right direction. I hated my drawings and hesitated about everything. Maybe I was just not good enough at the time… But today, I’ve put the last strokes on my digital paper. And all my hard work has resulted in a book that I absolutely love! Perhaps my best so far … Yes, I think so. Hopefully you will feel the same 🙂

The French title is “L’Obsolescence programée de nos sentiments”, the Dutch is: “Bloesems in de herfst”. At the Stripdagen Haarlem (27/28 May) the Dutch edition will be presented, and in the weekend after, the French edition will be released during the comic festival in Amiens, with Zidrou. Of course I hope more translations will follow….

We will take a signing tour through France and Belgium in the summer, with Jordi Lafèbre, who presents his new volume of Beaux Étés with Zidrou. I am grateful to the teams from Dargaud Benelux and Ballon Media for all help and motivation they gave me. And their infinite trust ❤

It will be a beautiful summer ….


Signing at Heroes Comic Con, Valencia 23-24-25 Feb

This weekend I’ll be in the wonderful Valencia to sign my books “El regreso del hálcon abejero” at the stand of FNAC, nr B30. I’ll also attend a panel about creating independent comics on Saturday. See you there?


The complete schedule can be found here: (I’m at Firmas FNAC)

Comic “Europe’s Waiting Room” is now online (in English)

In October 2017, I visited the refugee camps on the island Lesbos, Greece, together with two other cartoonists. We drew the life in the camps, because photography and film are not allowed there. After my return, and quite an emotional rollercoaster, I made a 25-page comic called Europe’s Waiting Room.
The comic was published in Dutch in coöperation with the Dutch newspaper NRC, and funded by the Pascal Decroos Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Dutch Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten. Europe’s Waiting Room, has finally been translated to English and is now online on Drawing The Times, an international platform for graphic journalism. Click the link below and on the orange arrow to read the full story. And please share with anyone you think would be interested.


For any translations, publications or exhibitions about this comic, please contact me ( aimeedejongh (A) I’m always interested in spreading the word about the story, because I think it’s an important one.


Pages from the comic are currently exhibited at the exhibition “Graphic Recordings” in Kampen, The Netherlands. For more info, see the post below.



Exhibition “Graphic recordings” featuring work from Lesbos

Hi everyone,

From Feb 17th – April 15th you are welcome to visit the exhibition “Graphic recordings, travelling artists and comics journalism” in the Stedelijk Museum in the city of Kampen (The Netherlands).

The show has work from many inspiring Dutch and Belgian comic artists that have travelled and turned their experiences into the most beautiful drawings and comics. Jeroen Janssen, Jules Calis and Gijs Kast are among those artists and some of them are close friends of mine, and I admire their work a lot.  From me, there will be some pages from the Lesbos project, some audio that I recorded in the refugee camps. This audio was supposed to be used for an interactive website with pictures, but we never finished it. I’m glad that the audio has found a way to the public nevertheless…

For more info, please visit:



Signing at the Angoulême festival 2018


Signing & panels at the FIBD Angoulême Festival 2018

This week I’ll be in Angoulême with the team of “Les Phares Du Nord”, a group of Flemish and Dutch authors who will sign their books and talk about their work. The Dutch Fund for Literature and the Flemish Fund of Literature joined forces to make this happen, in order to promote and celebrate comics in Dutch language. Hooray! Other authors in this group are Brecht Evens, Herr Seele, Erik Kriek, Simon Spruyt, Ward Zwart, and Enzo Smits. The signings will also be joined by Joost Swarte and others.

(Signing all books released in French! Like “Le Retour de la Bondrée” and “Les Tuniques Bleues par…”)
Thursday 16:00 – 17:00
Friday 11:00 – 12:00 (and panel at 14:00-15:00)
Saturday 16:00 – 18:00
Sunday 12:30 – 13:00

The panel talk and interview with Erik Kriek, Herr Seele and Aimée de Jongh is Friday 14:00-15:00 Forum nu Nouveau Monde

See you there!
Here’s the flyer of LES PHARES DU NORD!


LESBOS comic report published today

Today, after 3 months, the comic report that I made about my stay in a refugee camp at Lesbos has been published by Dutch newspaper NRC. Since there are no photos or film allowed in the camps, I joined two other cartoonists (Mei-Li Nieuwland and Judith Vanistendael) on a trip to Lesbos, to draw the situation there. The end result is a series of three comic reports that are published in two newspapers in The Netherlands and Belgium. It’s the first time that the three of us took on graphic journalism.


The week in the camp was an experience I’ll never forget. I met many refugees there and also made very good friends among them. I hope that, with these comics, people will realize that the problems at Lesbos are not solved at all – even though the media stopped reporting about it. There are still people arriving everyday, and they live in camps that sometimes don’t even have water or electricity.  What struck me most is the number of young children, living in an environment that’s even dangerous and terrifying for adults. This is Europe, on an island where tourists arrive on luxury cruises and drink fancy cocktails in the harbour. The contradiction is heartbreaking.


The reports can be read here, together with an interview and background info:

Quick links to the comics:
Aimée de Jongh – De wachtkamer van Europa:
Mei-Li Nieuwland – Een dag in Kara Tepe:


Aimee de Jongh