Cartoons inspired by Frans Masereel

Past Summer Mu.Zee Oostende, in the light of their Frans Masereel exhibition,  had organized a cartoon contest on Instagram. I sent in 3 entries (and a 4th one after the final deadline) but probably due to the minor exposure and the low feedback their promised prizes evaporated.
Activist art and capitalism don’t mix well apparently… 🙂

Link: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/muzeecartoon/

Work in progress + newsletter test

Since January i have been working on new material for two upcoming comic strip projects: “Wind Sun Clouds” and “Looming Perspectives”. As i had not drawn extensively for about ten years, it takes a while before my artistic faucet runs properly again.
I am running a few weeks behind schedule, but it is coming, slowly but surely… 🙂

This post is also the final test to see if the newsletter and social media integrations work as expected.

More to come very soon!!

Major site updates!

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02015 quick oil pastel sketch

Aside from minor layout & content changes and added links, two new comic strip projects are in the pipeline…

It is also very probable that i will make most pages multilingual soon (in English & Dutch for starters).

A newsletter and enhanced RSS syndication are on their way as well :).

recent commission

Friends asked me to draw them a funny invitation card starring themselves… 🙂

This one took some blood, sweat and tears, and the water coloring went awry, but since i hardly have any experience on that level, that is not such a surprise… I just need more practice 😛

Let Charlie be Charlie

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“CIVILIZATION” (02005)

Around 2005 i aspired to be a professional cartoonist, but in the end, i realized i did not want to spend my time commenting on the daily sensations in the news. It is all too easy to shock or offend…
Several times in the past i have browsed through Charlie Hebdo, and the magazine never appealed to me – too childish and too rancid –  so i don’t feel like identifying with its authors after the tragic events of this week.
Freedom of speech has to be defended, no doubt, but i am not Charlie. Let Charlie be Charlie.

In the end, the numerous good-hearted teachers, social assistants, even religious figures with authority in the impoverished neighbourhoods have done more for democracy than a couple of shocking cartoonists. Community organizers and friendly open-minded people are the real unsung heroes.

It is easy to divide people. Connecting and finding common ground is the real challenge.