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

Friday, August 24, 2007

Graphic Novel

Hi there,

back again with some exciting news. A while ago one of Hollands most interesting publishers ( www.uitgeverijxtra.nl )asked me to do a Graphic Novel. We both are very enthusiastic about this project because we think my work really fits in among the fine books already published by this publishing-house. We plan to release the book at the coming "Stripgidsdagen" in the belgian city of Turnhout(www.stripturnhout.be ) this december.
So at this moment I'm slaving away on the stories. I want the novel to consist of at least two short stories but I think it would be nice to have some illustrated pages in the book as well ( showing just a nice drawing with no connecting to a story I mean )
Anyway ; the working title of the book is "Schroot" (Scrap Iron )and the stories are mostly about loners who are crushed by their environment. Although I am aware of the fact that this is a returning theme in my work this time I try to handle the subject with a bit more lightness and offer the reader some light at the end of the tunnel.
My main goal, however is to draw this 'tunnel' as attractive as possible.
So there still is a lot of work to do but I will try to post examples of the pages every now and then.