Best of the Year 2012 – Pieter De Poortere

Published On December 19, 2012 | By Joe Gordon | Best of the Year 2012, Comics

We managed to pry the excellent Flemish cartoonist Pieter De Poortere away from his many projects just long enough to get him to answer just a few questions. But he provided some answers, and so welcome for the first time to our annual series of guest Best of the Year posts (see here for previous posts), a Flemish creator who has made Wim and I laugh repeatedly, Pieter De Poortere:

Pieter De Poortere and his collected Dickie (photo Stripelmagazine)

FPI: Can you pick three comics/webcomics/graphic novels which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?

PDP : With the speed I’m reading at, these books are probably older than just this year, but that doesn’t make them less great.  I was very impressed by When David Lost His Voice by Judith Vanistendael. Sibylline and Jérôme d’Aviau’s was a totally different, but very pleasing book.  And I had a big laugh with Akira Toriyama’s Dr. Slump. Everybody’s telling me that Chris Ware’s new box is so great, but I still have to buy that one.

FPI: Can you pick three books which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?

PDP :I’m currently reading Karl Ove Knausgård’s My Struggle; very dark but also very honest.

I liked Arnon Grundberg’s Tooth And Nail (Huid En Haar), and I often reread Oscar van den Bogaard (Dutch novelist – WL), who writes extremely well.

FPI: Can you pick three TV shows and/or movies which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?

PDP :Very quick :Danish political thriller Borgen, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad. Nothing suprising there, I guess.

FPI: How did 2012 go for you as a creator? Are you happy with the way you got your work out this year?

PDP :Yes, certainly! I had my intégrale collection of Dickie strips published in France (Le Petit Dickie Illustré, published by Glénat – WL).  I’m also taking my first baby steps in the big bad world of animation and television. It’s all very new, but also very exciting.

FPI: What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

PDP :First of all, the Intégrale will also be published in Dutch, and I’m also finishing a new Boerke story.  For Ketnet (Flemish children’s TV station – WL) I’m doing an animated series based on Joe the Eskimo.  Then I will also do a new children’s comic, and I’ll also be able to continue working on the Boerke animated shorts. And we’ll also conquer Germany, hopefully.

Artwork by Stijn Gisquière (left) and Charlotte Dumortier (right)

FPI: Anyone you think is a name we should be watching out for next year?

PDP : I hope that the third part of Stijn Gisquière‘s Paradijs Op Aarde (Paradise on Earth) will be published next year.  And I’d also like to see more work by Charlotte Dumortier.

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