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Guido van Driel

Guido van Driel (b. 1962) is a history graduate and self-taught artist. His first comic, Vis aan de wand (Fish on the Wall), was published in 1994, promptly winning awards. He received a great deal of attention from the press for his book De fijnproever – Een raamvertelling (The Connoisseur - A Frame Story), about saxophone repairman Nico, and his fondness for prostitutes. His choice of subjects for his subsequent books was also unconventional: the 1974 World Cup final, which was so traumatic for the Netherlands, in Toen wij van de Duitsers verloren (When We Lost to the Germans), or the life of an asylum seeker in the provinces in Om mekaar in Dokkum. Van Driel has created his own film version of this graphic novel with the title of The Resurrection of a Bastard, which was selected as the opening film of the 42nd International Film Festival in Rotterdam in 2013. He also works as an illustrator for a variety of newspapers and magazines.

Toen wij van de Duitsers verloren

Toen wij van de Duitsers verloren

(Oog & Blik, 2002, 96 pagina's)

Another fine example of Van Driel’s work is Toen wij van de Duitsers verloren (When We Lost to the Germans), in which two sad stories are spliced together: the World Cup final of 1974 and the murder of a girl called Leentje.

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Gasten

Gasten

(Oog & Blik, 2012, 96 pagina's)

They are often to be spotted in Amsterdam’s Red Light District: British tourists in T-shirts who are defying the wintry cold with the help of plenty of beer. It is these men who are the protagonists of Guido van Driel’s Gasten (Blokes Abroad).

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In Holland Suburbia

In Holland Suburbia

(Concerto Books, 2020, 176 pagina's)

Strange things are afoot in Guido van Driel’s graphic novel, In Holland Suburbia. The backdrop is a typical new development in the Dutch suburbs, complete with family homes, tidy front yards and garages. A Beatlesesque band rehearses inside one of those garages, but things soon take a turn for the worse for them. One of the band members is found dead in the bushes; another is hit by a piece of metal that falls from the sky. UFOs are flying overhead, and the Virgin Mary is hovering up there too, as a silent witness to all the mayhem.

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