News from the world of Joost Swarte
For some reason, Dutch clear line guru Joost Swarte was in the news recently on quite a few occasions. We brought them together for you, so you wouldn’t have to.
In the Belgian city of Antwerp, a new comic wall was unveiled, featuring artwork by Swarte. The eleventh in a series, this wall covers a whole building in the city center with images in Swarte’s signature style of cartooning, showcasing the classic vices and virtues that rule man’s life. The wall is a beautiful addition to the series, which also contains artwork by Brecht Evens, Jan van der Veken and Philip Paquet and is well worth the short walk through the city center.
Next, Dutch publisher Scratch Books has announced a definite date for The New Yorkers Collected, a lavish collection of all the illustrations and covers that Swarte created for the American weekly The New Yorker. The book is scheduled for September and will be more than a hundred pages, collecting more than fifty illustrations, eight covers and numerous other drawings. Additionally, the book will also contain unpublished sketches and bylines by Swarte himself.
Finally, the second edition of Swarte’s brilliant yearly magazine, Scratches (also at Scratch Books) has been announced for the Fall. Not a lot has been divulged yet about who will be contributing this time, but judging from the first, it will be a smorgasbord of current and classic, but never less than brilliant cartooning.