A New Year!

What a year it’s been – what a year to come… Here’s how Minnie and her girlfriend Mia feel about it:

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And here’s the New Year’s card Yiri and I sent out:

2019

On the left we listed main events of 2018: the death of our beloved cat Toto, my tattoo, a theater play, illustrations for a new book with Karel Eykman, lots of activities as Comic Artist Laureate, especially the publication of a guide for adding graphic novels to the Dutch Literature reading list in schools – and of course our new cats, Ronja and Loesje.

In 2019 we look forward to our tenth wedding anniversary, publication at NBM of the book on Love and lots of new, unknown things.

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Kumoricon 2018

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Kumoricon is coming up quick!

Maybe it’s weird that it’s surprising to me, but people really like my book about a robot and they keep buying it! Hope I have enough copies to last the weekend!

You can find Jon on Twitter where he posts his silly drawings and sometimes brags about his kids, and you can find out more about LOOK here.

One year Comics Laureate

For starters: congratulations to Hannah Berry, who was appointed UK Comics Laureate yesterday! To be honest, I was not aware of the title in the UK, or that it’s written as “comics laureate” rather than “comic artist laureate” (although I’ll stick to the latter, because I like more words).

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The task of “comics ambassador” in the UK revolves around many of the same issues as mine: more visibility, and promoting comics in education. And I love that Hannah is also a short-haired, bespectacled female comics creator. In a few years, we will be the new clich√© for our profession, I hope!

Also yesterday, I celebrated my first year at this “job”:

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Another exciting thing on the agenda for the coming year: my book on Love will be published here at NBM! It is scheduled to come out in June, and here’s the cover:

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#RCCC2018

I think I say it every year but #rccc was an amazing con! I met so many cool people and made some awesome new friends! I have a bajillion ideas on how to make the next show even better and I can’t wait to get back to work.

You can find Jon on Twitter where he posts his silly drawings and sometimes brags about his kids, and you can find out more about LOOK here.