- From the work 'My Land' - The Minnewater in Bruges - MY LAND was first issued on Christmas 1956 as a private issue ('hors commerce') and was intended as a year-end gift for the customers of the then Bank of Paris and the Netherlands. This private edition was made on 850 French-language copies and 400 Dutch-language copies. Public (commercial) publication did not follow until 1964-1965, almost simultaneously in Belgium (publisher ILITA), Germany (publisher Rütten & Loening) and Switzerland (publisher Limmat). Frans Masereel is often regarded as the founder of the comic strip. Already at the beginning of the 20th century he made works that only contain a series of woodcuts, without any text, but which nevertheless form a beautiful and understandable picture: The Passion Of A Man (1918), Mon Livre d'Heures (1919), The Sun (1919), The Idea (1920), History Without Words (1920), etc. He was also often asked to illustrate novels and poetry by other authors with his woodcuts: Romain Rolland (Jean-Christophe, 1925), Charles De Coster (Tijl Uilenspiegel, 1926), François Villon (Le Testament, 1930) Ernest Hemingway (The Old Man and the Sea, 1959). MY LAND is also a graphic novel, in which Masereel takes the "reader" on a journey through Belgium, from his hometown Blankenberge, over West and East Flanders, Hainaut, Brabant, Namur, Liège, Limburg, to end in Antwerp, with often a nod to striking events or an indictment of social abuse.
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