The Easter weekend is upon us… but what is it really all about?
(This comic appeared in Predikant & Samenleving, the Dutch protestant minsters’ union magazine)
For the real story on Easter and a lot more, read my book Religion: a Discovery in Comics.
Ha, got your attention with that title, right?
In this blog, I’d like to showcase the three running comics series I have right now: one is for lesbian magazine Zij aan Zij, the second for protestant magazine Predikant & Samenleving, and the third is popular science magazine Wetenschap in Beeld.
The comic about bisexual Minnie is the longest running, I’ve been drawing it for 13 years! In this episode, Minnie gets philosophical (as I get in Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics). I used this story as well in my latest book, on Love.
Reverend De Heer (my alter ego) has been running since 2012. I love drawing it, it gives me a chance to comment on a lot of current issues. Most Dutch Protestant reverends are rather laid-back people who are pretty open-minded about everything – I should know, I’m the product of two of them (see for more on this my graphic novel Religion: a Discovery in Comics).
The third comic is the newest: I’ve been drawing this for a popular science magazine for less than a year. I love doing research on different scientific topics (much like I did in Science: a Discovery in Comics) and it’s always a challenge to get all the information in the panel.
I like that being a simple comic artist gives me the chance to touch upon so many different subjects at the same time!
Every profession has its own specific nightmare. This one is for priests, pastors, reverends and the likes:
(comic drawn for Predikant & Samenleving, magazine for protestant priests)
It’s that time of year again! The twinkling lights, the frantic buying of gifts (why not purchase a few comics for under the Xmas tree? You’ll be the hit of the party!).
My alter ego Reverend De Heer is having a hard time with all the festive preparations…
(This comic was published in magazine Predikant & Samenleving in 2012)
And for those who are wondering “What is Christmas really all about?” here’s a page from my graphic novel Religion: a Discovery in Comics, with a very brief summary of the life of Jesus:
A long time ago, following in the footsteps of my parents, I chose to study theology, and I even graduated – so it’s only by a happy quirk of fate that I’m a comic artist now and not a minister in some faraway parish… Thank God!
Maybe somewhere, in a parallel universe, I DID become Reverend De Heer after all. I’m exploring the alternative life I could be leading in this comic I’m making for the Dutch Protestant Church Ministers Union Magazine:
(The “picturesque parish of Brokkenhoek” is a spoof on the actual village of Okkenbroek, where I grew up. The church and rectory as I draw them are exactly the same as the church my father was minister of and the house we lived in – only mirrored)
I’m actually quite enjoying drawing my parallel life.
Although, if I had become a minister, my title would probably rather be: “Irreverend De Heer”.