Saturday, December 31, 2005

Gelukkig Nieuwjaar

Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down ?
"That's not my department", says Wernher von Braun ....

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

6 DVDs

Saturday, December 24, 2005

New Website

Just in time for Christmas Herman van Veen's new and improved website is up and running. Check it out if you like and have nothing else to do over the holidays !

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Almost done

The year is winding down, all presents bought, days are getting less and less busy, and what's left to do for the rest of the year is finishing the designs for the DVD-boxes, which shouldn't be a problem and rather fun. Even the other blogs have gotten quieter. The new Seinfeld and I Spy- Collctor's boxes will take care, that the holidays won't get too long. Some snow would be fun. I was dreaming last night that I was in a meeting with Miyazake and I was angry with myself, that I hadn't brought anything to get an autograph. And what's your problem ?...

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Isn't that lovely ?
This maquette and many more are available at the Gallery "Fi Donc" in Alkmaar, Holland, and can you believe, that so far I've been to lazy and unorganized to get one ?

Friday, December 16, 2005

More DVD-Collector's Box artwork

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Nicht aufhören, blöd zu sein

Für die, die es verpasst haben: Herman auf dem blauen Sofa.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

RIP Hanns Dieter Hüsch

Also, ich seh ihn ja mit Ditz Atrops, Hagenbuch und dem lieben Gott bei Hein Lindemann an de Thek' stehen und nierderrömisch reden....

Die einen werden sagen:
Er hat zu viel gemacht,
Die anderen werden sagen :
Er hat sich zu wenig bewegt,
Ich aber sage Euch :
Lasst mich in Ruhe.

Wir sehen uns wieder.
N'abend zusammen

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Walk Of Fame

Alfred J. Kwak leaving his footprints on the "Walk Of Fame" in Xanten.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Recklinghausen 1983

The first time, if I remember correctly, I saw Herman, was in a TV program called "Bitte Umblättern".
He stood on a bridge in a park, reading" The Story About God".
Shortly after that I saw a two-part broadcast of his show . I remember being impressed with "Das sind meine Möwen" und "Der Präsident". Oh yes and of course the "Seltsamen Abenteuer", I found them ,....well, seltsam....

I met Herman for the first time in person after this show in Recklinghausen. A friend of mine, I went to school wit her,lived next to the Festspielhaus and we ended up in the concert one night, with "our gang" spontanously.
I had seen Herman before, even heard "Spetter, Pieter, Pater" before and even made some sketches of Kwak already, just for fun, but that doesn't mean anything, I made sketches of everything at that time. But this is the first time, that I go backstage to meet the guy. I am impressed with his show and how he sees the world, very close to my own way of thinking, only I am not as eloquent about it.He tells us about his recent concerts in East-Berlin, and my affection for him grows constantly.What fascinates me, is, that this guy is adressing sinister and real issues, he's living in our world, talking and singing about things that are on everybody's mind, but he's adressing them from the heart-level, without playing them down and if he does, he will, unlike so many others of his trade, counterpoint it even harder in a couple of seconds.That of course, doesn't come across on radio and TV, it's only accessable on stage, you have to watch him for 2 1/2 hours to get the full impression.

I'm in my 20's and I am making a decent living on commercials, but it is not what I want to do for the rest of my live. I'd rather do the same things with my talent, as he does with his. As he walks through the aisles during the finish, I put my hand on his shoulder and ask for a meeting after the show. "Come to my dressig-room afterwards", he says.

Well, this is basically how it all started, I had nothing with me, no portfolio of course, no pictures, this was all rather sponteneous, so we make another appointment at one of his Dutch concerts in Delft.This time I bring my stuff, Herman is a impressed,I guess, he tells me about a couple of fairytales he has been writing, fantasy/vikingstuff, the Mabinogion, and a couple of weeks later i get some pages with the first draft of the stories. I make some first sketches and we start meeting , not often, but regularly....