From our continental correspondent – Erik De Graaf cartoons Soldaat van Oranje
Just recently the respected Dutch comics publisher Oog en Blik presented its new prestige project, Filmfanfare, which consists of a collection of short comics by Dutch cartoonists, based on classic Dutch films. An earlier, similar publication with one-page versions of classic Dutch and Flemish books (Mooi Is Dat, published by De Vliegende Hollander) proved that there is an audience for cross-over projects like this (even for a smaller market), so things are looking promising for this new one, and includes contributions from Joost Swarte, Hank Kolk, Guido van Driel, Erik Kriek and others.
Friend of the blog Eric de Graaf also contributed a strip to the collection: he tried to summarize the iconical film, Soldaat Van Oranje (Soldier of Orange), an early film by director Paul Verhoeven from 1977 (now known far beyond the Netherlands for his major Hollywood works), based on the memoires of national hero Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema and his adventures during World War II. And once more Eric proves to be in a league of his own: instead of doing a linear summary, he focuses on the intricate relations of the main characters. Starting from one of the key scenes in the film, he cites a scene for each of them that illustrates their role in the film, while in the background the greyed out coast of Holland is shown, waiting for its liberation. Class!