Aimée de Jongh is a Dutch comic artist, animator and illustrator, whose style is a mix of manga and the Franco-Belgian school. She has one of the most booming careers in Dutch comics. Within only a couple of years, she has built a estimable oeuvre containing a daily comic strip in a nationwide newspaper, an animated short shown in major cinemas and an internationally successful graphic novel. She began her career in the small press scene, however. Her first comics appeared in 2004, when she participated in the Fanthology contest for Dutch manga artists. Since then, she was a member of the dojinshi circle Cheesecake! Studio, through which she published several manga stories, like her 60-page comic 'Stillborn'. Additionally, she has given seminars in manga, anime and comics, and has served as the spokeswoman of the manga collective Mangafique.
She gained further attention after being among the final contestants in the 2006 comics contest held by Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool. At the age of 17, she had her first book publication at the publishing house BeeDee. It was a collection of her online comic 'Aimée TV', in which a fictionalized Aimée went to Japan to interview the manga and anime stars she admired.
Not long after that, she had her comics published in Brabants Dagblad, the Sligro Food Group magazine Slim ('De Slimmeriken'), CJP Magazine, Aniway magazine ('Aimée TV'), the youth newspaper 7Days ('Paralleia') and the small press comics magazine De Lijn. Her comic about the scientic wonderkid 'Slimme Pim' has been published in the Flemish children's paper Kits since 2007. A book collection was published by De Eenhoorn in 2013. Aimée has also made illustrations for HP/De Tijd, OOR, Het Parool and Brabants Dagblad. She has exhibited her work in the Singer Museum in Laren and in the Kulturmuseum in Oslo. On 28 October 2011 she presented her comic book '2017' in Gallery Lambiek. She made the comic in cooperation with comedian Thijs van Domburg, who wrote the story as a prequel to his 2012 theatre show. She has continued to make small press comic books throughout the years, several of which in cooperation with Kenny Rubenis.
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Since January 2012, she creates 'Snippers' for free public transport newspaper Metro, a semi-autobiographical daily comic strip about the everyday affairs of Aimée's alter ego and her roommate. With recognizable subjects like public transport, social behaviour, public services, everyday worries and irritations, 'Snippers' gives a funny look at everyone's daily life. However, in some episodes the author doesn't shy away from fantasy elements. The first book was published by Strip2000 in 2013, and the first French edition (called 'Coloc') appeared the following year. Also in 2013, she started the children's comic series 'Kito & Boris', about the friendship between a rabbit and a bear, at the publishing house De Eenhoorn. De Eenhoorn also assigned her to illustrate the children's books 'De jongen die steeds viel' (2015) by Thea Dubelaar and 'Ik kies voor Lies en Wies' (2016) by Riet Wille.
Aimée's critically acclaimed graphic novel debut, 'De Terugkeer van de Wespendief' ('The Return of the Honey-Buzzard'), was published by De Bezige Bij/Oog&Blik in October 2014. This psychological thriller about a bookseller who is tortured by old feelings of guilt after witnessing a suicide, meant her international breakthrough, as it was published as 'Le Retour de la Bondrée' by Éditions Dargaud in France in 2016. Translations in English, Spanish and Serbian followed, as well as a Dutch TV movie under direction of Stanley Kolk and Diederik van Rooijen, starring Benja Bruijning, Sanne Langelaar and Mandela Wee Wee. Production of this film started in 2015, and the release was in 2017. Aimée's graphic novel won the prestigious Belgian comics prize Prix-Saint-Michel for Best Dutch-language comic book of 2014, and was labelled as one of the best graphic novels of 2016 by the British newspaper The Guardian. The first book of Aimée de Jongh's science-fiction thriller series 'Reborn' was serialized in Eppo and then published in book format by Don Lawrence Collection in 2016.
The international appreciation of her work led to a collaboration with the Belgian scriptwriter Zidrou, and to a contribution to a tribute album about the comic series 'Les Tuniques Bleues' by Willy Lambil and Raoul Cauvin in 2016.
Besides comics, Aimée also has an interesting career in animation. She studied Animation at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam from 2007 to 2011. Since then, Aimée has been making all sorts of animated films, from short movies to leaders and from 3D to stop-motion and clay animations. Her graduation project was the short film 'One Past Two' (2011), which deals with the question of the afterlife, but also with guilt and helpfullness. It won the Maaskant Prize 2012 for best graduation project 2011-2012. The short animated film 'Aurora' was selected in the Ultrakort 2012 film program, and was shown in 71 Dutch cinemas before the feature film 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'. It was based on the Dutch legend of the White Wives, who haunt the forests of the Veluwe every night.
She made a weekly animated short based on the most important events of the week for the BNN TV show 'De Social Club' in 2014, and she further appeared on the primetime TV show 'De Wereld Draait Door' with a short booktrailer for the book of the month in 2012. Together with Hisko Hulsing she has animated the short film 'Junkyard' (2012), and she made animated cartoons for NTR School TV and the international peace organization MasterPeace. Aimée has worked with harpist Lavinia Meijer on an animation for a fairy tale by Marc-Marie Huijbregts ('Het lelijke eendje', 2015) and the one-hour animated film 'Behind the Telescopes' (2016).
Since 2016, she is part of "The Wolfpack", a creative team of Standaard Uitgeverij assigned to come up with new ideas for spin-offs with Willy Vandersteen's classic creations, following the success of 'Amoras' and 'J.Rom Force of Gold'. The other members are storyrunner Johan De Smedt, film director Vincent Bal, comics colorist and animator Tom Metdepenningen and the Dutch/Flemish comic authors Bruno de Roover, Lectrr, Stedho, Romano Molenaar and Gerben Valkema.
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