R.I.P. Peter van Straaten

From the look of my work you’d never know but the very smart art of literary cartoonist Peter van Straaten is my main influence in comics. His short and 100% accurately poignant lines were always on par. In Dutch I’ve tried to mimic him a couple of times, like I did here in 2001:


The above comic shows two intellectuals being harassed by a street drunk; their reply to him is “No thanks… We can insult ourselves just perfectly fine…” – which sounds less effectively funny in English than the very particular and subtly different way that this can be put in Dutch.
2016 is coming to an end, it was another crappy year, nicely following up on the trend of more discrimination, more violence, more neo-liberalism, more populism, more sexism and a crippled left, like we’ve been seeing since 2001. And besides David Bowie we’ve now lost Peter van Straaten.

The only good thing is we still have their work. Let’s cherish it.


(Comic showing a bar with only women and two men passing. The younger man asks “But how can you tell, dad?”).


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