Welcome and thank you for your interest in my work as an illustrator and comicbook-artist.

Although I'm an illustrator and comicbook-artist by trade I ' m interested in lots of others things and I figured it would be nice to share at least some of these interests with you.

Have fun!

Ben Vranken

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Scrap Metal Part II

Well it has been a while but here's an update about the comic I was busy translating into the Dutch language. Well at least that is what I thought I was doing. In the end it turned out there had to be done a lot of more work besides translating in order to get the comic published. Because there was but room for an 8 page story I had to almost cut in half my 15 page story(!).
But it turned out well and I think the story has become more powerfull because a lot of items in the end were not essential to the story.
By cutting the story in half I was forced to use only the most necesary ingredients of this little tale. Storiewise this cutback of pages has been a blessing in disguise.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Scrap Metal Idol

At the moment I am working on the Dutch translation of my story 'The Scrap Metal Idol'. Originally written in English, this story was to be my contribution to the 2005 SPX-Anthology. Unfortunately it was rejected for unknown reasons (at least I don't know them) which is a great pity because I think it's a rather nice comic. Anyway; the people behind the best Dutch comic magazine ever decided to publish it in their next issue. The name of the magazine is : ZONE 5300 and you can learn more about them at their site www.zone5300.nl
In the past I have published some stories in ZONE 5300 but I have been busy with a lot of other thing so it has been a while but I'm glad to be back!
Check your newsstand in November for the latest issue of ZONE 5300.
'The Scrap Metal Idol' deals with religion but I really wanted to tell something about how time moves on and how we and our problems ,worries and fears will all be forgotten in the future.
Talking about the future: you will have to be patient untill november when you wil be able to read it for yourself. Offcourse I hope you will enjoy it!