Graphic Novelists Aimée de Jongh and Barbara Stok in Washington – SEP 16-18, 2022
Small Press Expo – Aimée de Jongh & Barbara Stok
Saturday, September 17, 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Join two of Holland’s most interesting graphic novelists for behind-the-scenes discussions of their inspiration and processes. Aimée de Jongh, author of Days of Sand, will speak at the Library of Congress and also at the Small Press Expo, where she will be joined for a special panel with Barbara Stok, celebrated author of Vincent and The Philosopher, the Dog and the Wedding.
Aimée de Jongh
Days of Sand is set in Oklahoma during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Twenty-two-year-old photographer John Clark sets out to capture the farmer’s living conditions. At the time, central and southern states were plagued by deadly dust bowls, which complicates Clark’s relationship to his photographic subjects. Days of Sand has won multiple awards, such as the Best of Show Award at MoCCA Comic Arts Festival in 2022 and Japan International Manga Award.
Aimée de Jongh is originally from Rotterdam and published four graphic novels to date. Her first work, ‘The Return of the Honey Buzzard’ won Prix Saint-Michel award and was made into a film in 2017.
The Philosopher, the Dog and the Wedding revolves around Hipparchia, one of the first female philosophers. As Hipparchia’s wedding approaches, she meets a philosopher down the street, called Crates, who teaches her about his ideals. The female philosopher then becomes drawn into the Cynic lifestyle, in which true happiness means independence of material possessions and social position. Stok published the work after five years of research and was nominated for the Hypatia Prize of the Society of Women in Philosophy.
Barabara Stok is originally from Groningen and has published an award winning graphic novel Vincent (SelfMadeHero, 2012) about the life of Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh.