Jaar van de Olifant #1-8

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"Het Jaar van de Olifant is geen alledaags stripverhaal. De tekenaar en co-scenarist achter Urbanus, één van Vlaanderens meest succesvolle stripreeksen, vatte dit verhaal in acht hoofdstukken op als een eigen manier om de zelfdoding van zijn zoon te verwerken. Hij ging in zee met uitgeverij Bries om de strip op papier uit te geven. Om zichzelf ertoe te dwingen om deze mentaal loodzware klus af te werken, besloot Linthout in samenspraak met de uitgever om elk hoofdstuk apart uit te geven. Zopas verschenen delen 7 en 8, waarmee Linthout een waardig en ijzersterk einde breit aan één van de meest relevante stripverhalen die ooit verschenen zijn. " (Enola.be)

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It seemed that Willy Linthout had everything a man could wish for: good health, a nice family and a career in a million. Even though his drawing skills aren’t that great, he was the artist for one of the best selling comic books in Belgium: The Adventures of Urbanus.

Then one day, Linthout’s son decided to end his own life. The perfect life that Linthout and his wife painstakingly had built collapsed. All the questions a parent would ask when something this dramatic and traumatic happens raced through their minds: why had he done this? What had they done wrong? Why was life so unfair?
Linthout’s wife found support and a little comfort in self help groups, but Linthout wanted more. He decided to try and come to terms with his life by making a comic about it. Originally published by Bries as an eight-part series under the title Het jaar van de olifant, the chapters were later collected in one volume Jaren van de olifant (Meulenhoff/Manteau 2009) and translated in English as The Years of the Elephant (Fanfare/Ponent Mon, 2009).

Het jaar van de olifant / Jaren van de olifant received the Dutch Stripschapspenning Award for best literary graphic novel 2007, the Flemish Community Cultural Award 2008, the Bronze Adhemar 2009 and the Carolus Quintus Award 2009. The English edition was nominated twice for an Eisner award, in the ‘Best US Edition of International Material’ and ‘Best writer/artist Non-fiction’. 

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(Dutch text.)

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