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.
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.
Jos van Waterschot found some very nice words about my graphic novel. Thanks a million.
"Fietsmod is a fantastic graphic novel of a quality that in my opinion is hard to find."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Dear friends, finally I can share the good news. Good things come to those who wait, but you don't have to wait not much longer. If all goes well, the Dutch version of my book will hit the shelves on 23rd of may, a little more than two weeks, right on time for the Stripdagen in Haarlem where I will present the book at the table of the fine people of my publishing house SubQ. So hit that preorder button of your favourite internetshop, or even better, run to your local book or comicstore and order it there. Of course I would love to meet you in person in Haarlem and sign your book there.
And there's more: along with the book comes in cooperation with Excelsior Recordings a CD with 20 songs and fragments from the book, played by the all-new band "The Smalltown Mods", recorded at the studio of Tim Knol. It's a rough, edgy record that will remind you of the Modpunk bands of the eighties, Sweet memories included. The CD also contains an exclusive song called "Smalltown Mod", written by the legendary Ronald Visser and performed by his band "The Comedown Reunion". The legacy of that band should ring a bell with those who witnessed the modscene in the eighties.
Please help spread the word and tell your friends, your mod, skinhead and soulmates and any other music- or comiclover who chose to walk a different path. I'm sure they will recognize a lot in these pages.
Did you notice? I have a new website. And you're already on it. You'll find loads of illustrations, full comics, some info about myself plus a detailed archive about all the madness that has happened in the last few years.
But I also installed a section with all my scene-related artwork, artwork that I did for flyers, posters or just for the fun of it. Be very welcome and let me know what you think. And if you like what you see, feel free to share it with your mates.
Good news for those of you who have kids who love comics. There will be an all new comic mag with comics for kids from great german artists. It‘s called POLLE, and will debut on the comic salon in Erlangen. To help them I did this illustration for their promotional activities, the original was available as a reward for their crowdfunding. Sorry, it's gone already. But you can still back them via startnext.com/polle, make sure you get yourself a copy of this gem of a mag.