It’s time to vote again in The Netherlands – not for government this time, but for a Comic Artist Laureate (Stripmaker des Vaderlands). And I am one of the four nominees!
In October the result will be announced – until then, I’m campaigning like crazy, shunning no means, including bribery and blatant sexism. Vote for me because I have boobs!
All kidding aside: I do think I am a good candidate for the job – which would entail being the ambassador of Dutch comics for three years, starting up all kinds of initiatives that will put comics in the picture, and of course drawing comics about important national events.
To practise a bit, I recently drew this comic about the fallout of the Dutch elections for government – the formation of a cabinet is still going on, and here’s a bit of information about it.
Today, we vote in The Netherlands. These are my feelings at the moment:
From my upcoming book World Domination: a Discovery in Comics.
The second part of our Oxford Experience, the deliciously enjoyable Summer school in Christ Church, Oxford’s biggest college, was devoted to the course The Foundation of Political Thought, by Dr. James Panton, who looks like a Scottish motorbike-riding construction worker and talks like Socrates.
It was an intense, fast-paced course in which we consecutively looked at the philosophers Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill, Hegel, Karl Marx, Durkheim and Weber. Instead of taking notes, I made cartoons, and this is the result:
A little of our previous course on The Beatles still lingered…:
Here’s one Yiri made:
Marx introduced the Capitalist figure of Mr. Moneybags in his writings – the same name that was given to the little Monopoly-guy not long after:
The course was very inspirational and has given me a lot to think about working on my next book, World Domination – a Discovery in Comics.
Intrigued by the Oxford Experience? Check out the program for next year – applications start in September.
Feel free to share these cartoons on the Net and in educational presentations – just don’t remove my name from them. Thanks!
You might not be aware that Stan Mack, author of NBM’s Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels, is also considered to be one of the founding fathers of contemporary cartoon reportage.
Stan recently was profiled in Print Magazine focusing on his work in the magazine back in 1996 which predicted the new digital revolution.
Check it out HERE and also check out a previous piece where Stan discusses Taxes and the current political climate.