Wilrijkse Stripdagen

Back from Antwerpen, back from the Wilrijkse Stripdagen. Had some nice days there, merci Frank and Luc for the invite and the great care. Thank you for your ongoing passion for the comic world. Here are some signatures, sketches and pics from the weekend.

Sometimes I nag that I don’t find enough time for a new book, with all the commissional work and the family life, but here I was seated next to Dirk. A police officer for 35 years, family man, and proud artist of about ten comic books....

Weller and me.

Yes, it really happened. After Paul Weller's acoustic concert in Utrecht I did a live-reading in the foyer of the big hall of Tivoli. You can imagine I was a wee bit nervous. All gratitude to the people of Tivoli for making this happen and of course to Yves Vaillant who made this beauty of a flyer.

(Sorry for the crappy pics of the event, the photographer, my dear wife was probably just as nervous)


A very nice review from Striptip. 4 Stars, thanks a lot en dankjewel.

Back from Rotjeknor

So! Monday morning, but still reminiscing about the weekend. Thanks to everyone who came through wind and rain to our Fietsmod Releaseparty in Rotterdam at Bar 3. Big up to those who came from far, the cup for the longest distance goes to Antwerpen! I did a short version of my reading for about fifty people next to the regular crowd, and afterwards I was very busy signing a lot of books, while the crowd was enjoying the excellent sets of the créme de la créme of the local Sixties scene. Everyone was buzzing. Thanks especially to Rob and Bar 3 for organizing it all, and of course all the other Djs. Really looking forward to my other gigs now.
The next date will be coming saturday when I will read from my book at the very fine record store Concerto in Amsterdam.
But I will also be back in Rotterdam in November for the Cross Comix festival. See you around!

De Strip Vlogger

The one and only Strip Vlogger from Netherland has some nice words to say about my book. Check out his latest Vlog, the part about my book starts at 3:00.

Thanks Marcel.

In The Eppo

Bam! Five stars in the Eppo, Dutch comicmagazine. “There were quite a few autobiographical graphic novels in the last years that I’ve read, but none of them got me as hooked as Fietsmod.” Thanks a lot Eppo, thanks a lot Remco for letting me know.

Releaseparty Db's

Finally some pictures from the first Fietsmod Releaseparty in Utrecht. What a blast it was! Around 70 people were there during the reading, I had to sign a lot of books and the dancefloor was busy until the lights went on. Thanks again to everyone who showed up, took part or danced all night with us. It meant a lot to me to present my book at the very place where the Utrecht story started. What a blessing...


De Kettingzaag - Chainsaw Boogie

Today there's a nice article and  an interview about my book by Jos de Groot on the Dutch musicblog De kettingzaag. Also some extra information and clips about the modscene. Check it out!

Comics and music

In today's article in Het Parool, Peter van Brummelen writes about the latest comics about music and Fietsmod and I also get a very nice mention. Thanks a lot.

Fietsmod on Hebban.nl

The Dutch literature review site Hebban.nl wrote also about my book:

"Het is niet gemakkelijk in een ‘stom’ medium als de strip de invloed van muziek uit te drukken, maar daar is Dahmen toch in geslaagd."

"It is not easy to express the impression of music in a silent medium as the comics, but Dahmen succeeded regardless."

Read the full review here.

Fietsmod on Blunder TV

Bam! The best comic shop of Utrecht Blunder made a little feature about me and my book for their podcast. Check it out. And if you ever wondered how it sounds like, me talking Dutch: here's how...

Koop Fietsmod hier: https://www.stripwinkelblunder.nl/product/fietsmod/ Fietsmod, door Tobi Dahmen. "Mods, skinheads en scooterboys, ska en soul, de Britse subculturen en de bijbehorende muziek bereiken in de jaren tachtig ook het Duitse stadje Wesel, waar Tobi opgroeit. Hij wil ook deel uitmaken van deze spannende undergroundwereld.

Goodbye Cornelsen Access, goodbye Morph.

For seven years I work for schoolbook publisher Cornelsen now, mostly for a series of English books. That series is done now and last weekend I was in Berlin to celebrate. As a gift I brought a poster with a few of the many Morph characters I designed for the series. The little fella gets a lot of love from the kids, so it was nice to hear all the stories that are happening in class from the publisher and teachers. Makes me very happy. My work is a lonely job usually, but it‘s good to know that my art has it‘s own life out there.

Fietsmod in the shops.

Oh, it's always so very special, that moment when you spot your book for the first time in a shop.

Go get yourself one, too. In a Dutch book- or comicshop near you.



Erlangen 2018

I still owe you some pictures of the fantastic Comicsalon Erlangen. It definitely was one of the best years we have seen. It's been great and hot the first day, saw a lot of fantastic exhibitions, had diner with my dear publisher Carlsen Verlag and some famous French and German artists. I was spinning records at Klaus Cornfield’s concert, chilling in the park with Michalke’s records, massive crowds, signings And the great finale where I was djaying together with Mathias Wieland and Peter Puck. 

See you all in two years. I hope, again in tents.


Off to Erlangen

Preparing the last bits and pieces for the Comicsalon Erlangen. Digging out records for my dj set for the party on saturday and integrating the animations of the FH Flensburg into the keynote for my live-reading. Make sure not to miss this. There will be also signing sessions at the tables of Carlsen. See you in Erlangen.

All dates:

Friday, 1.6. Live reading 17:00 E-Werk

Signing sessions at Carlsen booth  Messe Halle A, Schloßplatz.

Friday, 1.6. 10:00 - 11:00 Uhr
Saturday, 2.6. 14:00 - 15:00 Uhr
Sunday 3.6. 13:00 - 14:00 Uhr.

Also I will be spinning some records at the closing party at the E-werk on saturday from 22:30.

Mods And Rockers

Before I'm heading off to Erlangen I want to announce or first Dutch Official Releaseparty of Fietsmod. It's taking place on the 6th of July at Db's in Utrecht, the place where this whole Dutch adventure started. I will read from my book in the smoker's lounge at 8 pm, afterwards there will be the great Messer Chups from Russia on stage, and after that there will be a mod nighter taking place to dance away the night. Of course I will sell and sign my books there. Pleas drop by and bring your friends. And get your tickets here.

The great flyer is done by grandmaster Yves Vaillant (Yves of Construction) from Utrecht. With artwork from yours truly. Definitely a keeper.

Stripdagen Haarlem

We presented the Dutch version of my graphic novel to the public at the Stripdagen Haarlem for the first time, and it really went well. Lots of interested visitors, good sales, and I had to sign a lot of books. Big up to René who even took the opportunity to ride his bike from Utrecht to Haarlem, 70km. Thanks to everyone who dropped by and also for the kind words, I’m truly happy that you like the Dutch version as much as I do. Also thanks to my publisher Subq for all the good care. Beside some nice encounters with my dear readers and signing their books I had some time to check out some exhibitions. And take part in celebrtating the membership of honour for Joost Swarte in the BNO, the dutch Design organisation, that I am now also a member of.
Thanks to Tonio and Natasja and the rest of the organization for the immense ammount of work that this festival contains. Next destination is Erlangen. Hope to see you there!


Review in NRC Handelsblad

The first review of "Fietsmod" is here. For the NRC one of the most important books presented at the Stripdagen Haarlem.