Well, uh, that's me. Hi.
Using my given names with the last name removed as a pen-name (literary nerds would call that a prenonym
) wasn't my idea, but is something that just evolved - long story I won't bother to tell, because it ain't all that interesting. Just call me Paul.
I'd studied Forestry for some years, which continues to be something of an influence on my life and art, but eventually switched to becoming a teacher of English and Geography.
I'm fluent at German, Plattdütsch and English. I've also got reasonable skills in French and Latin. In this selection, Plattdütsch is special. It's the traditional minority language of my native Northern Germany, that miraculously keeps surviving due to the effort of people who hold it dear. I'm one of them, and that's why I'm the author of (to my knowledge) the only webcomic in Platt*, named Gundula un de Stuventiger
Since most people around the world of course don't speak Platt, I do an English version as well, known as Master the Tiger
, which I post here (and on the Duck
Apart from drawing comics and cartoons I sometimes write poems and stories and play the electric guitar. In all of it I'm entirely self-taught.
All my art is completely hand-made. This is partly because I'm constantly at war with computers and suchlike, but mostly because that's the way I like it. To me, doing it all the old-fashioned, traditional way with nothing getting in the way between me and what I produce is part of the fun, and even if the result may look a bit less polished, streamlined, whatever than it theoretically could, I wouldn't have it any other way.
I'm also a member of a rather special band called Gummi Arabikum
. This is its official channel on YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCfiPs…
* Please note that a number of artists/authors have published print comics in Platt, all of which I can warmly recommend, however I haven't seen any of them online.
Favourite Visual Artist
André Franquin, Albert Uderzo, Quentin Blake, those on my watch list :)
Spaghetti Westerns, 50s + 60s Science Fiction
Favourite TV Shows
TV sucks, generally speaking, but I admit to sometimes watching it anyway
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
blues, bluesrock, 80s metal, folk metal, classic rock; too many great artists to be more specific
Far too many too list here; one day I'll probably compile a "1000 books you should have read before you die" list.
Roald Dahl, Walter Moers, Steven Erikson and many, many others (see above)
Tools of the Trade
grade H pencil, large eraser, fineliner pens, watercolours, coloured pencils, various other stuff
Keeping Plattdütsch alive, of course!