A new year, new cartooning talent! I first came across the work of Flemish illustrator and cartoonist Lukas Verstraete when I saw the illustration above in a Belgian newspaper and it immediately reminded me of the great Art Spiegelman, combining seemingly simple drawing style with expressive colors and hard-hitting subject matters.
Turns out Lukas has had strips and illustrations published in magazines for some four years now, and even had a full-page strip in the renowned French political magazine, Le Monde Diplomatique.
At the moment, Lukas is finalising A Book That You Make Friends With, the graphic novel that he started as his master project in 2013, and he graciously provided us with a peek in his workshop, as can be seen from the sketches below. Look out for the graphic novel from alternative powerhouse Bries later in the year. And in the meantime, media of the world, this guy’s available!