December 2021

Publication: FAZ Magazin

 

The latest episode of my comic series Vita Obscura will appear again on December 11th, 2021 in FAZ Magazin. . This time it's a heartbreaking story of a mother's unwavering love.

In 1921 the Iñupiat Ada Blackjack traveled as the only female member of an expedition to Wrangel Island in the polar ice to finance the medical care of her sick son. She was the only one who survived the trip and spent several months alone in the ice until she was rescued. But she was able to save her son and pay for his therapy.

 

 

You can also still  get a collection of all previous episodes in my book Vita Obscura.

 

 

November 2021

Publication: "Nächstes Jahr in – Comics und Episoden des jüdischen Lebens"

 

For the comic anthology Nächstes Jahr in – Comics und Episoden des jüdischen Lebens I drew a short story about a doctor named "Jonas from Wertheim". In 1452 he was the first Jew to live in the city of Damtstadt.

 

The volume tells different episodes of Jewish life in Germany from the Middle Ages to the present.

It also includes great comics by other artists such as Barbara Yelin, Hannah Brinkmann, Tobi Dahmen, Tine Fetz, Elke Renate Steiner, Büke Schwarz and others.

 

 

Nächstes Jahr in – Comics und Episoden des jüdischen Lebens

EUR 25

Hardcover: 168 Pages

ISBN: 978-3-95575-159-3

Publisher: Ventil Verlag

 

 

Publication: FAZ Magazin

 

The latest episode of my comic series Vita Obscura will appear again on the november 13, 2021 in the  FAZ Magazin. I tell the touching story of the Afro-German philosopher Anton Wilhelm Amo, who campaigned as an enlightener in the Baroque era, among other things, for the rights of blacks in Europe.

 

You can also still  get a collection of all previous episodes in my book Vita Obscura.

 

 

Publication: Science comics | Akademie der Wissenschaften in Hamburg

 

I drew two science comics on behalf of the Akademie der Wissenschaft in Hamburg. They were created in collaboration with the Young Academy Fellows Franziska Neumann and Hermann Diebel-Fischer and deal with the scientific difficulties of these two: The waste disposal in London in 1750 and the question of what contribution ethics can make to resolving social conflicts.

 

Both of my comics and other science comics by other artists can be found here.

 

 

October 2021

Publication: FAZ Magazin

  

The latest episode of my comic series Vita Obscura will appear again on the october 9, 2021 in the  FAZ Magazin. In that episode I tell about Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, who, despite reprisals in East Germany, lived openly as a transperson and built up the largest collection of everyday objects from the Wilhelminian era.

 

 

You can also still  get a collection of all previous episodes in my book Vita Obscura.

 

 

September 2021

Publication: FAZ Magazin

 

 The latest episode of my comic series Vita Obscura will appear again on the september 11, 2021 in the  FAZ Magazin. This time it's about the impostor and inventor of the pyramid scheme Adele Spitzeder.

  

You can also still  get a collection of all previous episodes in my book Vita Obscura.

 

 

August 2021

Publication: FAZ Magazin

 

 The latest episode of my comic series Vita Obscura will appear again on the august 14, 2021 in the  FAZ Magazin. This new episode tells you all about the horrible treatments done to Louis XIV. of France by his doctors Vallotd'Aquin and Félix.

  

You can also still  get a collection of all previous episodes in my book Vita Obscura.

 

 

July 2021

Publication: "Politische Bildung in reaktionären Zeiten"

For the Wochenschau Verlag I illustrated the handbook "Politische Bildung in reaktionären Zeiten: Plädoyer für eine standhafte Schule" ("Political Education in Reactionary Times: Plea for a Steadfast School") as well as the cover and 32 real case studies of right-wing extremist interference in everyday German school life.

 

Because unfortunately we must not be under any illusions: Right-wing extremist and racist groups and parties are already causing massive attacks on our free, democratic education system.

 

I think an important book in difficult times.

 

 

Anja Besand, Rico Behrens & Stefan Breuer:

"Politische Bildung in reaktionären Zeiten: Plädoyer für eine standhafte Schule

EUR 28,90

Hardcover: 368 Pages

ISBN: 978-3734411359

Publisher: Wochenschau Verlag

Publication: FAZ Magazin

 

 

My comic series Vita Obscura this month is about Apple co-founder Ron Wayne, who after only 11 days sold all of his shares for only $ 800 and missed billions. Money is not everything, kids!

You can read the story in FAZ Magazin on July 10, 2021.

 

You can also still  get a collection of all previous episodes in my book Vita Obscura.

 

 

June 2021

Publication: FAZ Magazin

 

 

This month, in my comic series Vita Obscura, you will learn more about Jeanne Calment, a French supercentury and the oldest person whose age is well documented. Not only did she live to be 122 years old, she also survived a notary with whom she had signed a lifelong inheritance contract for her apartment. You can read the story in FAZ Magazin on June 12, 2021.

 

You can also still  get a collection of all previous episodes in my book Vita Obscura.

 

 

May 2021

Publication: FAZ Magazin

 

 

The latest episode of a comic series Vita Obscura is this time about one of the most curious events in recent German history. In 1966 a white whale got lost in the Rhine and kept the young Federal Republic in suspense for several weeks. You can read the story in FAZ Magazin on May 8, 2021.

 

You can also still  get a collection of all previous episodes in my book Vita Obscura.

 

 

April 2021

Publication: FAZ Magazin

 

 

In the latest episode of my comic series Vita Obscura in  FAZ Magazin on april 10, 2021, I dedicate myself to the seedy "rainmaker" Charles Hatfield. Never mess with the weather.

 

You can also still  get a collection of all previous episodes in my book Vita Obscura.

 

 

March 2021

Publication: FAZ Magazin

 

Henrietta Lacks is the only immortal person to date, although she died in 1951 after receiving vaginal radium treatment for uterine cancer. Her cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, the first immortalized human cell line. You can learn about her story in my comic strip Vita Obscura on March 13, 2021 in  FAZ Magazin.

 

You can also still  get a collection of all previous episodes in my book Vita Obscura.

 

 

February 2021

Publication: FAZ Magazin

 

It took a full 77 panels to capture the incredible life of Lee Miller. Supermodel, surrealist, muse, globetrotter, war correspondent and documentary photographer of Nazi crimes. Lee Miller lived more lives than most people. You can learn about her story in my comic strip Vita Obscura on February 13, 2021 in  FAZ Magazin.

 

You can also still  get a collection of all previous episodes in my book Vita Obscura.

 

 

January 2021

Publication: FAZ Magazin

 

The latest episode of my series Vita Obscura on January 9, 2021 in  FAZ Magazine is dedicated to the public official Chiune Sugihara and his wife Yukiko. Together they helped around 10,000 mostly Polish Jews to flee from Lithuania to Japan in 1940, contrary to orders from the japanese government. They saved ten times as many lives as Oskar Schindler.

 

You can also still  get a collection of all previous episodes in my book Vita Obscura.

 

 


Upcoming events

December 12, 2022 

Reading at

"Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart", 

Stuttgart, Germany

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November 2, 2022 

Reading at

"Bezirkszentralbibliothek Pablo Neruda", 

Berlin, Germany

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October 23, 2022 

Reading at "Frankfurter Buchmesse",

Frankfurt a.M., Germany

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October 14, 2022 

Reading at "Café Luitpold",

Munich, Germany

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October 13, 2022 

Reading at

"Literaturhaus München", 

Munich, Germany

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October 1&2, 2022 

Signing at "Hamburger Comicfestival",

Hamburg, Germany

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Vita Obscura – Life Bizarre

(avant-verlag, 2022)

COMING SOON

 

Nachts im Dom

(Schnell & Steiner, 2022)

 

Das Parlament

(avant-verlag, 2019)

 

Geschichtsbilder

(exhibition catalogue)

(avant-verlag, 2018) 

 

IKON

(avant-verlag, 2018)

 

Vita Obscura

(avant-verlag, 2014)

 

Packeis

(avant-verlag, 2012)

 

drüben!

(avant-verlag, 2009)

 

Rodolphe Töpffer:

"Die Liebesabenteuer des

Monsieur Vieux Bois"

(avant-verlag, 2016)