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23 Artworks - Bubble Boy
I will publish here the illustrations of my illustrated children book, called “Bubble Boy”.
But before I start I want to tell you a story about it. I wrote this story in German under the name “Bule” about 25 years ago, at a time where I was quite a beginner in art. I needed some help, somehow, to be able to illustrate from imagination a whole story, so I inspired myself, especially for the second main character of the story, from some of the drawings, from an artist called Brian Bagnall who was my favourite Cartoonist and illustrator at that time. I don’t remember how deeply I really went into his style (simply said: how much I really copied him! :-) but not so much either) so if you like my illustrations, Brian Bagnall should get some credit too for it.
But now to the story of the novel. After having written it, I never tried to publish it, but I gave it to some people to read, with the original illustrations. The day arrived when somehow the whole thing disappeared and nobody around me felt responsible. I thought the last one to have it between her fingers was a young girl called Daniele, but she denied it, and after a while I gave up looking for it. Quite sad, I must say…
And then the years passed, I moved many different times, thought sometimes with regret about My Bubble Boy, but always less and forgot him eventually.
Earlier this year, in February, I suddenly received the following email (in German) though a French schoolfriends site:
“Everybody knows it:
The net is very chatty
and uncovers some hidden secrets
when you ask him the right question.
Now that you have a net existence
maybe I can add another little piece of the Puzzle
to your already so restless life…
Having saying that:
Keep moving, always!”
followed by a link to a web page, almost blank, with the following words in the middle:
I was very surprised, and at first had no idea what that was. But then suddenly I remembered: Bule! Bule, the little boy born in a soap bubble in Japan and travelling through the sky in his bubble!
Bule, this (unpublished) story for children which I wrote and illustrated when I sometimes let myself be called “Momo”, in honour of a little orphan living in a ruin and chasing time thieves…
Bule, the book which I thought was lost forever… almost forgotten… banished from my memory…
And I asked myself: Who sent them back to me? Well, I won’t make the story too long here, but after some investigation, I found out that it was my first husband who sent the link to me,. He had found the book back somewhere! And well, some weeks later, I was even in possession of the original drawings. You can perhaps imagine my happiness! I want here to thank him, Johannes, for having done that for me. It means immensely much to me, the story itself, and the gesture. He was by the way the one who brought me to writing too, something which I deeply enjoy, perhaps even more than painting…
So! Here he is, my Bubble Boy, and it is with this logo that I will serialise the story, under the names “Bubble Boy 1″, “Bubble Boy 2″, etc… I will publish twice a week, always, as far as possible, on Mondays and Thursdays. Starting on Thursday, 1st.January, 2009.
You will be able to read teh corresponding episodes in Cafe Literati, I will put a link to them by each illustation.