Growing pains with Marloes De Vries

Published On March 27, 2017 | By Wim | Comics, Continental Correspondent

When your mother was your age, she had a house and a family to run. You on the other hand are too busy catching them all on Pokémon Go. If that sounds familiar, then the strips by Dutch cartoonist Marloes De Vries may just be your bag.

In her strips on Instagram and Tumblr, De Vries chronicles the First World problems and trappings of our time. Whether it’s the pizza boy arriving when you’re just on the toilet, or the temptation of binge watching on Netflix instead of working (on the same device) or all the opportunities modern life has to offer to give in to temptations, it’s all there. But don’t fear — De Vries does not force a well-wrought theoretical critique down your throat.

Rather, she picks her observations and anecdotes in a style that is light, almost fleeting, that makes you think but just a little while. Exactly what you need to postpone that job just one moment longer, until you find yourself scrolling down her feed an hour later still.

In her shop, Marloes has all the usual on offer, from zines and cards to signed prints and crafty tidbits. She has been working as a freelance illustrator for 10 years now, and on her blog she reflects on various aspects of that aspect of her life, from working for free to running your own shop to copyrights and the internet. Quite enlightening!

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