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Gert-Jan van Oosten has always been an avid comic book reader. One fine day he took the step from comic book fan to comic book creator and, nowadays, he is the co-owner of Drop Comics - now the largest comics publisher in the Netherlands.

Every two weeks Gert-Jan, the Goost Writer, shares his personal experience of how he started his own comics publishing company.
Follow his trail. The trail of the Goost Writer.

Check out the columns for more of the Drop Comics story so far...

With the first two comics in production I started writing my third story. And with that, a new quest began, once again I needed to start looking for an artist. Well, to be honest, I had written the outline of the story. I had hit a kind of a problem with one thing in my story and I was looking for that one thing to make the story complete. I talked with DMTR and Ranjit about the story and they gave some valuable pointers, but somehow I still thought I missed something.

I am a comic book nerd, which is not a big secret. I started with Fantastic Four translated into Dutch and after the FF I got into The Avengers (A title they decide to translate also into Dutch as “De Vergelders”, unlike the Fantastic Four) , Spider-Man, The Hulk and the last series I got into was The X-Men.  I came to The X-Men in the Claremont and Silvestri run and somehow I really liked Havok. In those days Junior Press was the publisher of these Marvel titles and you could buy them in the book stores and supermarkets. I followed the series for years.

A classmate who was really into Batman told me about this comic shop in Groningen called Zinnebeeld. Zinnebeeld sold the ‘real’  American comics. I think that was the first time I found out that Havok was now starring in an X-Men spin-off called X-Factor. I decided that I wanted that series as well on my pull list. But the Dutch X-Men was a bit behind (I think at least 6 months) in comparison with the American X-Factor . For a short time I read the Dutch X-Men (de X-Mannen) and the American X-Factor. But after a few months a few things spoiled because they showed what happened in X-Men in X-Factor and I decided to switch to the American comics.

I have been buying comics at Zinnebeeld for at least 22 years now (damn I am getting old!). And all those 22 years Henk has been selling me my comics. I have been talking to Henk about my own comic ideas and he helped me out with advice and tips.  I was talking with Henk about my idea and what I thought was missing. “Well," Henk began, “what if you…” and what he said made sense.  I thought about it on my way home on my bike and at the end of my half hour ride I had what I needed. For the story at least, because I was still missing an artist.
 
So the search was on again. While I was searching I was already starting to write. I started writing in English because that would be kind of handy in case I didn’t find a Dutch artist. I looked at Deviant Art but also looked at a lot of Dutch and Belgian comic websites.  And there was one site I found with some drawings of a guy who was called Jorg de Jong. The story I was working on would be a Western with a lot of fighting. His drawings had the kind of feel I was looking for. I had never had a real clear image of the style of drawing, but I had a clear idea of the atmosphere.

I send e-mails to Ranjit and DMTR and asked their opinion about the drawings. They both said the same thing. Contact this guy! I Googled Jorg and I found out he had his own website with an e-mail address. So I started typing the e-mail and after rereading it a couple of times (this dyslexic also tries to make a good first impression). Then I sent the e-mail asking Jorg if he wanted to work with me on my idea of making a Western Comic, and the waiting started.  

Not very long though, because after a few hours my phone started to ring. “Hey, Jorg de Jong here. I saw your e-mail. Let’s talk!”

 


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Gert-Jan van Oosten, co-founder of Dutch comic book publisher, Drop Comics, talks about his efforts to find his place on the comics market from across the pond; the Netherlands.

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