Aimée de Jongh

Aimée de Jongh (b. 1988) is a prize-winning animator, cartoon-strip artist and illustrator, who is influenced by European graphic novels, manga and Japanese animated films and commands a wide range of styles and techniques. She has created a daily cartoon strip for the news­paper Metro and a music video for Wende Snijders. Her ani­mated film Aurora was shown in seventy-one Dutch cinemas. Her work has been exhibited in The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Kulturmuseum in Oslo, among others. The Return of the Honey-Buzzard is her first graphic novel.

The Return of the Honey-Buzzard

The Return of the Honey-Buzzard

(De Bezige Bij, 2014, 160 pages)

The Return of the Honey-Buzzard is a visual masterpiece of magic-realist tension. Its apparently sketchy yet precise style, its subject matter and its filmic narrative are reminiscent of Craig Thompson’s Blankets and Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.

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