David B.

Georg Bohle

Daan Botlek

Robert Crumb

Guido van Driel

Charlotte Dumortier

Tim Enthoven

Brecht Evens

Lars Fiske

Evert Geradts




Ben Gijsemans

Charles Guthrie

Herr Seele

Toon Horsten

Milan Hulsing

Jeroen Janssen

Bendik Kaltenborn


Lennard Kok


Aart Taminiau

Veiko Tammjärv

Kristina Tzekova

Sam Vanallemeersch

Judith Vanistendael

Brecht Vandenbroucke

Ludwig Volbeda

Chris Ware



Aline Kominsky-Crumb


Ever Meulen

Bart Nijstad


Tobias Schalken

Art Spiegelman

Joost Swarte

Tobias Tak





Scratch Books presents: Scratches, a new comics magazine edited by Joost Swarte, with new and previously unpublished work by the best international comics artists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 The first issue contains new or previously unpublished work by the best international comics artists, as well as three editorials on the heroes of illustration and comics pioneers: Dutch underground artist Mark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