All around the Netherlands and in some places in Belgium – in Barcelona in Spain even, you can find these stickers on the street. The crazy white rabbit Bunbun is travelling around the world. Curious? Check out this site.
A Batman outfit standing guard at the costume shop where I shot a video during Halloween.
Stanislavski, 2:00 pm
This is my friend Merel wearing a sweater with a print of Slimer on it. I love Slimer, it’s one of the funniest animated characters ever and ‘Ghostbusters’ is still one of my favourite movies. Apparently they licensed stuff from Ghostbusters at H&M because they got a bunch of clothes referring to this movie. Though I am getting a bit to old to wear shirts like that, so you won’t see me in a Slimer T-shirt anytime soon.
Janskerk, 1:00 pm
At the Kunststripbeurs (comic book art fair) in Utrecht, comic book artist Dio strikes a pose? Or is he looking at some wall crawling spiderbabe?
By the way he also sells T-shirts like the one he’s wearing. I’ve got one too since Maarten van Rossem – the guy on the shirt – is a hero of mine.
Check out my video on the art fair here.
Stanislavski, 6:30 pm
Monday I had a meeting with Aimée de Jongh. A very talented young comic book artist who also works in animation. Check out her site.
Monday afternoon the new Suske & Wiske comic book was presented. In the new story the duo goes back in time and meets Eduard Douwes Dekker. Together they save the manuscript of the book Max Havelaar. Because actor Peter Faber played Max Havelaar in the film by the same title, he gave a lively speech. The room was filled with kids from the Multatuli elementary school by the way. Scary stuff.
Read more about the creation of this comic book on my other blog.
24 Hour Comics Day started in comic book store Lambiek at 11:00 am. On this picture artists Menno Kooistra and Floris Oudshoorn are having a coffee just after the event started. So basically they started the marathon session with a coffee break, yelling “Fuck, Scott McCloud!” in the process, mocking the rules McCloud set out for this event. Which in Menno’s case turned out to be prophetic. In the end, he only finished one page before he quit the event hours later. Poor chap. I am not sure how far Floris got, though.
This weekend it was 24 Hour Comics Day. On a lot of locations throughout the world, comic book artists gathered for 24 hours to each draw a comic book. So, that means everyone had to make a page an hour. In Amsterdam the event was held in comic book store Lambiek. This year was the sixth time for Lambiek. Big mastermind of the event is a comic book artist named Scott McCloud. He explains the origin of the idea here.
Comic book convention De Stripdagen Houten, 2:00 pm
This is the hand of comic book artist Fred de Heij who is making an illustration for one of his regular customers. One who had very specific demands regarding what he wanted to see in the drawing. Fred and I just made a short story together for his magazine ‘Pulpman‘. I wrote the story, he made the fabulous artwork for it.