I just returned from the first official presentation of my book at the cozy Hamburger Comicfestival. It was very nice, I was quite busy signing books, and if I may believe the guys from Hummelcomic who took care of our booth there, then they have never sold so of one single book during the Hamburg festival. I also was happy that a few Soulies took a little detour from the alldayer of the Hamburger Soul Weekenders.
The weekender was quite fantastic, the Grünspan was a great location, a little Wigan Casino with a gallery situated above the dancefloor. But the music was even better, great sets of the Djs, so everybody was having a great time. I also want to thank you for all the pats on my back and the congratulations. I know the scene takes its matters seriously, but such positive feedback I didn’t expect at all. That especially you guys like the book so much, means the most to me. Thanks a million!
During the week I had a little break with ONLY work, but today I’m already leaving for Frankfurt, to the annual bookfair.
On thursday I will only visit the In-crowd of my Colleagues of the Illustrator’s Organisation, but from friday on I will be a the fair. Mostly I guess I will be around my publisher Carlsen’s booth (hall 3.0 booth G84). On friday there will be a public discussion at the Graphic Novel Panel, from 4-5 pm, Forum International Dialog hall 5.1 booth A 128, under the guidance of the Goethe Institute Indonesia , with two indonesian artists Hikmat Darmawan and Chris Lie, Stefan Lomp and myself.

Saturday is the big day:

At 11 am there is a signing session at the booth of Carlsen. Then around 3.30 pm there will be a public reading and a little conversation with Mathias Wieland on stage in the reading tent Agora. After that there will be another signing session there.
In the evening at 8.30 pm there will be another conversation on stage with Mathias, my editor Christopher Tauber and me. Mathias will also read from my book. All this takes place in the bar Feinstaub.
After that there will be another signing session at the club Tiefengrund, which will eventually evolve to a great Sixties nighter, under the control of the talented hands of Andreas Mandrysch and Christof Sonnenberg. They both were inspired by the music in the book while packing their record bags, so this should be a night to remember. On sunday there will be one last signing session from 1 to 2 pm, at the Carlsen booth. Exciting times, I hope to meet some of you guys there.

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