How long have you been the Graphic Novels buyer?
Jitse: Since 2006. I took over the section when ABC Amsterdam moved to the current location.
JeroenW: Good question! No idea. One-and-a-half years? I started off as just the Marvel/DC buyer, and then inherited the section proper later.
Jitse: Charles Burns, Alan Moore, Bryan O’Malley, Batman, Brian K. Vaughan, Robert Crumb.
JeroenW: The Walking Dead, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and I try to have everything of Adventure Time (personal favorite). But there are so many more.
Jitse: Kelly Sue Deconnick and Emma Rios, the authors of Pretty Deadly. They’re a refreshing team and, also, women in a world that is still dominated by male writers and artists. You can see my Favorite Reads 2014 for more reasons you absolutely have to read their work.
JeroenW: Chris Ware, always! He deserves the Nobel Prize for depressing people in the most beautiful way possible.
Jitse: Tough one… Nowadays I’m into Marvel. They have some great story lines and weird characters I love. A lot of the old stories from the 80s have recently been reissued, and I used to read the Juniorpress ones as a kid.
JeroenW: Good grief… Probably DC because it has more classic stories. But Image is the third big publisher (along with Dark Horse), and I like them way better than Marvel or DC.
Jitse: The new Scott McCloud, Nemo: River of Ghosts, Rocket Raccoon Volume 1.
JeroenW: The Sculptor by Scott McCloud. The next volume of Saga; there’s always too much time between them, but there is no date set yet for volume 5. I want there to be a second part of The Nowhere Men by Eric Stephenson, but that’s just wishful thinking.
Jitse: Alan Moore! Because he’s a big hero of mine who personally reinvented the entire graphic novel genre. Grant Morrison would be great as well, he wrote some really bizarre books.
JeroenW: Alan Moore if I’d want a lot of people drawn to the stand. Chris Onstad, creator of web-comic Achewood, if I’d just want to hang out with the person. He’s a genius.
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This post first appeared in our March 2015 News Mailing.