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On my way to the festival I ran into Denver Asence and his mother in the subway. He was on his way to IFCC in Croatia. I could also congratulate him on finishing his education. Keep an eye on this talent.

I had been to the Bluegrass Festival before as a visitor. Both times everything was on Pijnackerplein, but now there was an extra space reserved for jam sessions in the Schommelstraat. Jam sessions being for music and drawing, but their were facilities and other activities as well. So naturally this is where the comic artist had there spot. It was a relaxed area, even when there was a bit of a crowd.

Having a new area meant there wasn't much awareness. This led to a slow Saturday, although it picked up later and people found a spot to rest and relax. Sunday also started slow, but some things were done to get more attention, like Ron Schuijt and a lady making a big cardboard arrow/sign.

I got my table spot on Saturday thanks to Ron. The other artist was good old Dinesh van den Berg of Drakan fame. We started with preparing the Art Jam Area. There were basically two activities. One was to draw tattoos on paper torso's, which would be hung on the staircase. The other was drawing on a big sheet of paper, so in the end we would have a big piece of collaborate art. Both cool ideas from Ron.

Next to us were TRAC(Maurice Heuts, Jan Rodenrijs and Ulrik). All three known to me of course, especially m and u who I worked with on the first issue of Imaginary Muse. Speciale guest was another Imaginary Muse artist, named Niels Verhofstad. Niels being a good draftsman is an understatement. Check out his awesome work! After a few hours we got a few familiar visitors. Dinesh had members of his family visit and I got a visit from my Kung Fu training partner at Fight2Fight, Albert and his wife Ophilia.

On Sunday we had different lineups. Ron's section had himself, Maikel Verkoelen and Theresa Hartgers. Maikel I met this year at Brabants Stripspektakel and Theresa earlier this month for Rotown for Comics, Art and Beer. Nice folks. Officially I was part of Maurice's table on Sunday. Again with Jan, Ulrik and Maurice himself, but since one of Ron's guests got ill, I moved seats from time to time. The other special guest of TRAC was Adri van Kooten. I think I mentioned his comic project Meermin before. He's working on the final pages now and I can't wait to see the end result.

Sales wise we sold a fair number of I'm Muse over the weekend and I got to draw a cool commission. Cura, a Roman goddess of which there aren't many depictions, hence the request for a commission. It was a pleasant one as I just got a few pointers and the rest was up to me. She also came to look from time to time, which was good. This way I knew I was on the right track and it was safe to start after inking.

All in all, a great weekend at the festival, which can hopefully be repeated next year. Will I see you there? ;-)

A classic event (over 30 editions should qualify in my opinion) in a new location. The organisers said Indoor Sportcentrum Eindhoven was going to have plenty of space and for me it met the set expectations. Tosca and I shared a table with Hans Hansha Harlemans. Hans specialises in drawing on coasters and if you buy something from him, a big part of the money will go to the Duchenne Parent Project. A worthy cause.

Before the opening I visited Irene Berbee who had a spot at the Syndikaat stand. Around this time I got to meet and shake hands with Maikel Verkoelen and Roderick Leeuwenhart. Also shook hands with Thessa Blijleven who was at Oost Nederlandse Stripboekenbeurs. Speaking of Deventer, during the course of the event I got to say hi to Harry Timmerman a few times. Also got to see some of the nice volunteers. One of which had their stand across ours. Have a look in their shop and see if you can find something nice.

You can never predict how an event will go , A know phenomena is the busy wave. Fortunately we had such a busy wave and we could make the most of it. During this time my cousin Ramon came to visit. In the end he left the event with some nice purchases. After this wave Johan de Neef stopped by to talk a bit. This event it was all about their Diabolique for Windmill Comics, but they have a lot more things planned. Also met some of the nice volunteers. Two of them had a table across ours. Have a look in their shop.

Tosca got to experience one of the mainstays of the event: she participated in the comic quiz hosted by Willy Vanderstrip. I was able to follow the proceedings of the quiz from our table. She did well, got second place, giving her the Silver Comic Goodie Bag (I just made up that name). Highlight of the event must be the dance battle between Tosca and Thea Stilton. In case you missed it, here it is in all it's glory: Dance Battle Thea Stilton vs Tosca Hamel Brabants Stripspektakel 2019. And that's a wrap for Saterday.

Sunday was a day of surprises. The first came from Hans Hansha, who drew my portrait on a coaster. The Artist Area was missing a few artists that were there on Saturday, but we had some reinforcement with the Dutch Lucky Luke. In the morning we got visits from Irene Berbee, Roderick Leeuwenhart and Willem van den Oever. I didn't have to explain Metal Pedal to Willem. He understood it all by himself. Which was pleasant to see. Willem has a nice art style, a good match for the children books he illustrates. Tosca had an interview with the Stripvlogger, so keep an eye out for his video about the event. Shortly after that we drew some art for a few young ladies. And there was a short visit from Ramon and Rik from Windmill comics.

The second surprise was Renée Rienties who visited our table. She and her mother came to the event as visitors. A strange sight to see her on the other side of the table, but a pleasant one. She also understood the Metal Pedal comic instantly. Perhaps my audience is... other artists?

Time passed by quickly. Going back I could ride along with Tosca and Hanne Dewachteralso tagged along until the trainstation. Happy travelling and a nice way to close a nice weekend. I haven't had time to take a good look at Hanne's work, but it looked cool. I'll have to visit her website again for sure..

On 10-06-2016 and 11-06-2016 I had a blast at Animecon. I was there as an artist for Gamers of the West.
The atmosphere was pleasant. It was also funny to share public transport with all these people who were all dressed up as their favorite character or their own creation.

I met two artists that I want to mention. The first is Yummy Suika from who I bought a cool sparkly button. The other is Laurent Romero, who seems to be a big fan of a certain artist... I'll let their websites do the rest of the talking.

The first day I sat at the artist table with Vikash Ramjas. He was on familiar grounds, evident in a print he made that drew a lot of attention and sold a number of copies. I spoke to a few people interested in my work. It's always nice to see people discover the humor that Silviano puts in the texts written for Chosen. The second day I sat with Boy Akkerman and Dinesh van den Berg. Familiar faces to me and always pleasant company. Vikash was also present at the table, but his cosplay identity was needed too!

We gave workshops spread over these days. I had an easy class. One was very excited, but too tired to draw and the other was more interested in watching me draw and ask questions. Since I also had a request to work on I'd say things fell into place for me. Vikash has a tougher one. The class grew and grew and what started as a U shaped setup almost become a full circle with him closed in. Luckily Boy could give an assist. I believe Boy also had a one-on-one session with an upcoming(?) artist.

Had an opportunity to get up to speed with Tamara Havik, who was at the event on behalf of Go Club Seki. Keep an eye on this talented lady!

It really was a fun weekend. I got to draw and interact with visitors and my fellow artists. I hope to be here again next year for all three days. Many thanks to West Givner for giving me this opportunity and his crew (Nathalie, Commerina and Tim) for helping out.

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It all started on the train. It turns out I was on the same train as Irene Berbee and Wilma van den Bosch. Such a treat to walk with these two to the Lebuinuskerk where the event (Oost Nederlandse Stripboekenbeurs) was hosted. Irene is doing great with her work voor Opzij and her comic Ulfberht. Meeting Wilma was a bit special. It's still a bit surreal to meet and shake hands with someone who's work you've enjoyed. Still, very approachable, kind and down to earth.

The first familiar face I saw was that of good old Boy Akkerman. Along with the talented 'Dream in HB' Nathalie Jang and Dinesh van den Berg. They brought with them the latest issue of Hollandsch Metaal, which just came of the presses. I didn't see Dinesh on the guest list before hand otherwise I would have mentioned him in my checklist of artists to check out at the event on Facebook. Be sure to lookup and check out his Drakan comic if you haven't already.

I spotted my table and look and behold, my neighbours were putting up their awesome stand. The ladies of KAAS build a display that really stood out. Other artists at the events had tables, they turned their table into a stand. Also be sure to check out the individual efforts of Sabrina en Karin, it's really cool stuff.

My table was in the same lane as the Windmill Comics table. They had some misfortune with getting a big part of their stock to the event, but still a lot of people came over for a look.

So, I had nice neighbours around me. The aforementioned ladies of KAAS and Ab who had big boxes of comics he sold. I totally forgot to ask the name of his shop... It makes walking away from your table easier when you are surrounded by good folk.

Didn't get to walk around much. Just a small break to bother Boy and say hello to Leroy Soesman. No doubt he and Sytse Alegra are working hard on the second and final part of Aqua Invicta, but yeah, didn't have time to properly ask.

Speaking of artists walking around, I finally got to shake hands with Hans Hansha Harlemans. Before we only 'spoke' on Facebook, but it was nice to meet the man in person.

I had some good conversations with people that were curious about my work. It seems Metal Pedal might have a target audience in ladies that like my use of colour and sense of humour. Maybe I should consider getting tables at art markets... But it's nice to see people understanding the story you're trying to tell and even think it's good enough to purchase.

Also Marcel Haster, the Stripvlogger walked by to film the items on my table. We also did a short interview about Metal Pedal, but let's see wait and see what makes it into the final video. I can recommend his video's for getting a honest opinion on a lot of diverse titles or to get an impression of comic events you missed or are curious about.

Organization wise I can say they really take good care of us. Always someone around to answer questions, Harry Timmerman going round to check if everything is still okay and plenty of food and refreshments.

Walked back to the station with Irene, Marissa Delbressine en Johan Neefjes and in the packed train we were joined by Wilma van den Bosch. It was fun. Just talking about the event of the day, past experiences and other stuff. Marissa is known for her work for Eppo (Ward), but I'm really looking forward to her Ishtou. I have to say I only read and heard Johan's name increasingly, but I only took a look at his work after the event. This guy can draw!

Just a fun day in Deventer. Hope to repeat it next year. Thanks for reading and until the next post!

Went to Animecon on 10-06-2017. I particpated in the AMV contest, which was a lot of fun. The contest is about making a music video with animation as your main ingredient and on the day of the event you get to vote on the videos of your fellow editors/competitors using a voting box. But that's not all, the audience also gets to vote on the videos, making it two contests for the price of one. Dare I say the Oscars don't dare to be this honest with regards to voting.

Didn't win, but I have to say the quality of all the entries was high. I don't think I voted lower than 70 points on a scale of 0-99. Perhaps the most special of all was the 25th video, which was in fact the opening for a marriage proposal. All the best for the happy couple!

My entry: Rebecca

The most complete list so far for the rest of the videos

I also submitted two entries for the Dutch Manga Awards along with Vikash as Studio Cutlass. No prices won, but like the AMV contest there were some very good entries here too. Anyway working with Vikash is fun, so don't be surprised to see Studio Cutlass entering another competition.

On a side note, if you want a competition to be a big deal, you should treat it as one. When I looked on the convention map it seemed like there was this big space dedicated for the display of the Dutch Manga Awards and it turned out to be little more than a big poster on a board somewhere between the food court and the movie theater. Not to be mean, but how many visitors actually saw this thing? I will say that they've made the competition worth entering and I think this was reflected by the winners and other works displayed on the board.

In closing I'd like to mention some of my fellow artists that were present at the event. Boy Akkerman was there on Friday, so unfortunately we didn't get to catch up. Got a friendly greet from Tamara Havik, who was there to promote the Japanese game Go.

Dinesh van den Berg was there, debuting his brand new banner and showing off his latest Deadpool art (yuck! ;-) ). Also present was the great Louis Norense. Stay tuned for an awesome comic drawn by him and written by West Givner

I had hoped to also catch up with Nathalie Jang and Shannon Kip, but there was a clash in time tables. Be sure to check out the work of these talented ladies!