From our continental correspondent – Shaun Tan’s European Tour

Published On October 28, 2009 | By Joe Gordon | Comics, Continental Correspondent, Conventions and events

Celebrated Australian illustrator and cartoonist Shaun tan (The Arrival, Tales From Outer Suburbia) is currently touring Europe (or at least part of it) with an exhibition of a selection of his illustrative work and comics.  The exhibition debuted on October 11th in the Burg Wissem Bilderbuchmuseum (or Picture Book Museum) in Troisdorf, Germany, and features a wide range of original art from Tan’s extensive portfolio.  According to Doctor Maria Linsmann, the museum director and author of the show’s catalogue, the exhibition shows Tan as an artist whose works skirts the boundaries of the comic, the graphic novel, illustrative and free art, and will fascinate adult and young viewers alike.  Next to original work from Tan’s illustrated books, the exhibition also contains sketches and preparatory work.

After Troisdorf, the exhibition travels to the International Youth Library in Munich and the Museum Im Schloss in Bad Pyrmont and the Literair Museum in Hasselt (Belgium).  You can expect a review when I catch it there.

Tales From Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan

(a scene from Tales From Outer Suburbia, by and (c) Shaun Tan)

Shaun Tan, Burg Wissem Bilderbuchmuseum, Burgallee 1, 53840 Troisdorf, Germany (  From October 11th until November 22nd; more on Shaun at his official site and you can find out more about the Bilderbuchmuseum here, where you can also download a short film about the Tan exhibition.

Wim Lockefeer lives in Belgium where he’s trying not to make an exhibition of himself; you can read more of his thoughts on his own Ephemerist blog.

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Joe Gordon

Joe Gordon is’s chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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