What a day. A gun attack on the tram in my lovely ol’ Utrecht. Schools on lock-down, the constant noise of the helicopters, riding through an almost empty town to get my daughter from school. My eyes constantly on the newsfeed. And 1000 questions after we arrived home safely.
I made this drawing shortly after I came to live in Utrecht, a detail from my first christmas card from my new home. I love Utrecht since day one, and I still kind of like this drawing. Today I added a little extra to it. What happened today in our city makes me sad. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims. But I’m not going to look differently at Utrecht now, nor his citizens or our community.
I still love you Utrecht. I always will.
So this is my artwork for this year’s This Is Ska Festival in Rosslau. What a line-up!!! Ken Boothe, The Clarendonians, The Hotknives, Roy Ellis, The Movement, Napoleon Solo and so many more. Especially Ken Boothe was always a favourite of mine, ever since I discovered his music. And if you look closely, you‘ll spot my name there as well, as I will be doing a live-reading there. If you would have told this to my 18 year old self, I guess I would have passed out instantly. Boy, am I looking forward to this!
I had a great time during my live-reading at the cozy Saimon’s restaurant on the island Föhr. It was the first time that we did this, a reading combined with a menu for the guests. It was delicious I tell you that, and if you visit the beautiful island you should definitely reserve a spot at this great place. The icing on the cake was the aperitif, a beer can, just like in the old days. Thanks once more Saimon for the invitation and Jörg from Aal for organizing it all.
The end of the year is close, and it was a good one, this 2018. There was a lot of work on my table and als the Dutch version of my book was published in Holland. What a ride.
Like every year I put together a little PDF, a little review of the work that was done and the things that happened in the last twelve month. If you like, please have a look.
Enjoy the holidays, enjoy the time with your families and friends, and have a good start into the next year. I’m looking forward to catch up in 2019.
It was a very nice book signing session at the fabulous comicstore Jopo de Pojo in Haarlem. We even ran out of books, luckily I had some extras with me in the trunk of my car. To my surprise even some familiar faces from Düsseldorf dropped by. Thanks a lot for the invitation and the very nice chats.
This was the last promotional date for a while. Thanks everyone for your support.
Cross Comix Rotterdam was a great festival. Thanks a lot for the invitation! There was a good crowd at my live-reading and it was just so nice to meet up with colleagues again, and watch the various shows. The performance of the Strip Club was great and reminded me of our Trash comic readings in Frankfurt a long time ago. But my highlight was to listen to Joe Sacco. What a great man! I‘m already looking forward to the next Cross Comix festival. Thanks to everyone who came to my show and thanks to Cok Jouvenaar for some of the pictures.
Yes, I survived the madness that is the recordfair of Utrecht. I had a blast experiencing it from a different perspective, to have a booth there and sell my goods to the people. When I think about that it was the record fair initially that brought me to Utrecht I have to crack a big smile. Thanks to everyone who came and all the kind words, big up to dj Miss Twist for all the good care and her great sets that entertained us all day, thanks to Cas and Marjolein for the invitation and making it all happen, and also to Jan Vollaard for the very nice interview.
Bam! A big, a very big article about my book Fietsmod in the Volkskrant, one of the most important papers around here, our Dutch Guardian. I’m very, very happy with this one. Thanks a lot to Rob van Scheers for all the many kind words and Els Zweerink for the picture. You can read the full article here…
Such a nice evening in Paderborn, thanks a lot to everyone who came and especially to those from far. Chapeau to the Fürth/Nürnberg connection! The reading and spinning some soul tunes with Christian und Roberto was great fun. Thanks for the invitation guys and also to the Wohlsein for the good care.
Merci and dankjewel Antwerpen. That was a good night. Thanks to Francisco and the local Mod Squad and Tim from Bar Bakeliet for the invitation. Also to Iris from De Groene Waterman for helping out with the books. We were sold out, but if you still want a copy, there are some left at the shop. Cheers!
Here are some pictures, from me and also Lodewijk Vergouwen.
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....
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)
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!
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.
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.
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...