This is the first draft of my graphic novel Hermann. I started working on it in 2016 and this first part of the book was developed as part of my Bachelors Degree. However after working on it more and doing deeper research on the topic I decided to begin from scratch and started with a whole new script. Over time my drawing style has evolved too, so the second draft of the book will look a little different. But I still think this first draft is a very important part of my development as a comic artist and I like the naivety and stiffness of the style. Working through the first draft of Hermann has brought me a lot further to where I want to be as an artist.
Odradek Magazin #2
For the second issue of ODRADEK we chose the topic Flood.
I dealt with the story of Fritz Haber - a jewish German chemist who made lethal gas attacks possible for the first time in WWI. He served the German Kaiser as an ardent patriot. However he also developed the Haber-Bosch-Process, that made it possible to produce artificial fertilizer and feed a starving world - he received the nobel prize for that in 1919. In 1938, with the Nazis regime becoming more and more diabolic, he had to leave Germany - he didn't survive the exile in Cambridge and died a year later. After finishing the story I was left with the questions:
Was he a hero? Or a culprit? A victim? Or a villain?
Alphabet of Arrival
I developed this comic in the comic journalism workshop Alphabet of Arrival. 12 journalists and 12 comic artists were invited to participate and work on stories about migration and arriving in a foreign country. The project was established by the German Comic Association (Deutscher Comic Verein e.V.) and in cooperation with the Central of Political Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung). I worked with Marlene Goetz - a french speaking journalist - on this story about refugees who are minors and very traumatized. We concentrated on ways to treat them and how many still fall through the cracks. All the stories that were made during the workshop are available on the Alphabet of Arrival website. There you can also find mine and Marlenes story with a translation.
One Page Comics
This is a project I started in the illustration class of Yirmi Pinkus at Shenkar College, Tel Aviv. The idea was to work to one topic each week. These are the best results of the experiment - the words described are: snow and face - close up
"Kindersegen" is the first part of a story about my families history. It takes place in Werlte, a small town in western Germany, close to the dutch border and begins in the year 1890 when my great grand father was still a little boy. He is forced by his father to take over the mill and marry a woman he doesn't love. The story ends with the birth of my grandmother in 1920.
The story was part of a project with other comic artists, it was published with Anke Feuchtenberger and the Mami Verlag in 2013.
For an arts project I looked into the experiments of some scientists with monkeys in the beginning of the 20th century. The story about Winthrop Kellogg struck me the most. He raised the monkey Gua and his son together and experimented with the monkey's and the Baby's physical and cognitive development. While researching the story I came upon some old pictures of monkeys being sent into space and I integrated it in my research, for aesthetic reasons. Especially the Propaganda and advertising posters from the soviet union regarding space travel are esthetically very appealing to me.
I developed this story together with an environmental law organization in Berlin (UFU). The idea was to explain pending environmental law cases in comic form to make them understandable and interesting for the public. This was the first visual journalism project I worked on, I had to do all the research for the story.
The story is about the overfishing problems in the Amatique Bay/Guatemala that cause aggression, poverty and environmental problems in the area. The main protagonist is Juliza who is in part a real women I interviewed for the story. She works for an environmental agency in the Amatique Bay. Of course the story is partly fictional to keep the dramaturgy suspenseful. However the historical and general facts are carefully researched.
Ladies of Radio
This short comic was produced for a zine by Caroline Tompkins about the ladies of radio. The topic was very open for interpretation and I was allowed to chose my hero of radio history. I picked Annemarie Hase who was a famous German actress and singer before the Nazis came to power. She had to flee the country because of her jewish heritage and lived in exile in London from the late 1930ies. During the war the BBC launched the war of the ether an anti nazi propaganda station that tried to get the Germans to see the absurdity and the horror of the Nazi regime with humorous radio segments. Annemarie Hase played the German housewife Frau Wernicke with a broad Berlin accent and sloppy remarks about the newest Nazi policies.