We managed to pry the excellent Flemish cartoonist Pieter De Poortere away from his many projects just long enough to get him to answer just a few questions. But he provided some answers, and so welcome for the first time to our annual series of guest Best of the Year posts (see here for previous posts), a Flemish creator who has made Wim and I laugh repeatedly, Pieter De Poortere:
FPI: Can you pick three comics/webcomics/graphic novels which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?
PDP : With the speed I’m reading at, these books are probably older than just this year, but that doesn’t make them less great. I was very impressed by When David Lost His Voice by Judith Vanistendael. Sibylline and Jérôme d’Aviau’s was a totally different, but very pleasing book. And I had a big laugh with Akira Toriyama’s Dr. Slump. Everybody’s telling me that Chris Ware’s new box is so great, but I still have to buy that one.
FPI: Can you pick three books which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?
PDP :I’m currently reading Karl Ove Knausgård’s My Struggle; very dark but also very honest.
I liked Arnon Grundberg’s Tooth And Nail (Huid En Haar), and I often reread Oscar van den Bogaard (Dutch novelist – WL), who writes extremely well.
FPI: Can you pick three TV shows and/or movies which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?
PDP :Very quick :Danish political thriller Borgen, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad. Nothing suprising there, I guess.
FPI: How did 2012 go for you as a creator? Are you happy with the way you got your work out this year?
PDP :Yes, certainly! I had my intégrale collection of Dickie strips published in France (Le Petit Dickie Illustré, published by Glénat – WL). I’m also taking my first baby steps in the big bad world of animation and television. It’s all very new, but also very exciting.
FPI: What can we look forward to from you in 2013?
PDP :First of all, the Intégrale will also be published in Dutch, and I’m also finishing a new Boerke story. For Ketnet (Flemish children’s TV station – WL) I’m doing an animated series based on Joe the Eskimo. Then I will also do a new children’s comic, and I’ll also be able to continue working on the Boerke animated shorts. And we’ll also conquer Germany, hopefully.
FPI: Anyone you think is a name we should be watching out for next year?