No Stories, TheBuy
The No Stories is the first album by Serge Baeken and won him the Debuutprijs (Award for the best debut) of the City of Turnhout in 2006.
The book evokes a few pieces of life of this natural drawer/storyteller. The word ‘no’ runs like a red thread through the stories. It’s a word the main character can hardly get over his lips. But ‘no’ can also be translated as ‘a lack of’: his counterparts are in lack of money, a soul, love, a mobile phone, feelings or vision.
Serge Baeken draws in the best black & white tradition – here and there referring to an early Tardi or Muñoz & Sampayo.
In The No Stories the author tackles the problems of a contemporary city, like poverty and intolerance, and shows how he deals with them. The result is a very personal, sensitive and warm album.