Guido van Driel
Scratch Books presents: Scratches, a new comics magazine edited by Joost Swarte, with new and previously unpublished work by the best international comics artists
Scratches is an English-language comics magazine, focusing on Dutch and Flemish authors, thatwill appear once yearly. The magazine is published on the occasion of the Frankfurt Book Fair, which features The Netherlands and Flanders as Guests of Honour. Editors-in-chief are comics artist and graphic designer Joost Swarte and publisher Hansje Joustra of Scratch Books (previously Oog&Blik). Scratch Books thinks it important that Dutch and Flemish authors can reach an international audience.
‘It’s been a dream of mine,’ says Joost Swarte. ‘We show work by unconventional comics artists from the Netherlands and Flanders, as well as big names from the international world of graphic novels.’
Scratches can be found at the guest pavillion at the Frankfurt Book Fair and receives support from the Dutch and Flemish literary funds. Scratches publishes work by a mix of established and upcoming Dutch, Flemish and international artists. The first issue contains new or previously unpublished work by the best international comics artists, as well as three editorials on the heroes of illustration and comics pioneers: Dutch underground artist Mark Smeets (1942-1999), Belgian woodcut artist Frans Masereel (1889-1972) and the Spanish graphic designer Manolo Prieto (1921/1991). The issue also contains a loose-leaf poster with ‘Nam War’, a graphic project by Lennard Kok.
Scratches in The New Yorker Magazine:
Editors: Joost Swarte and Hansje Joustra | 112 pages
23x33 cm | Fullcolor | 14 October 2016 | Paperback
ISBN 978-94-92-117-540| € 30