Saturday Leftover Day.
These two days I am in Gorinchem for the Dutch Comic Convention in Gorinchem. I am head of the commsion for the yearly Stripschap Prizes. Today we announced this years winners, which I will try and show here.
Best Produced Dutch Album was the Dutch trnaslation of Jean Giraud's last album Arzak. The commission stressed that it was the overall quality of the whole fund of publisher Oog & Blik (who also produce some Dutch book directly for the Enlish language market).
Best Translated Album was the Dutch edition of Dupuis masterpiece Gringos Locos by Yann and Achrwartz about the trip in America three famous Belgian comic book artists Jijé, mOrris and Franquin did. Drawn in a magnificent style by Olivier Schwartz, it was based on anecdotes the writer took himself from the three now dead artists. He was planning to do a second album, about the later part of that trip when Morris and Franquin went home to Begium (and fame) and Jijé travelled to New York, where he woud meet later Asterix wrter René Goscinny and his Amercan group of friends including:Harvey Kurtzaman, Bill Elder and John Severin. Unfortunately this second part will probably never be made, because protests by the heirs of Jijé to the first book held up it's publication for a couple of months until it was resolved by having them ad an insert which basicly stated that none ot the book was true.
Best Dutch Graphic Novel went to Teun Berserik's novelisation of two years in the life of Ducth artist Vincent van Gogh, depicting not his famous last yeras in France, but his formative years in the Hague, when he was already a difficult young man, who had ecided he wanted to become a painter but had to learn he did not have what it takes (long before he developed the style we no know him for, but in which he never sold a painting while he was alive).
TIn the category Entertainment, the prize went to Het Jaar van Hein, 2012 edition. Hein de Kort is a famous Dutch cartoonist who works on several different series, most of which do not have regular characters. For the last couple of years he has been collecting all of his work into a yearly pocket edition, which save his fans the bother of keeping huge clip files. If his subjects wasn't so typically Dutch I am sure there would be many fans of his work abroad as well.