Eiland in the Sky by Guy Leshinski
The avant-garde is no place for a squeamish cartoonist — let alone two. They need unshakable faith in their medium, supreme confidence in their skill and it helps to be from Amsterdam, where razing the norm is a national pastime.
Back home they’re known as Toob and Steef. “Over here,” says Schalken by email, “comics are mainly an infantile business and I don’t feel very comfortable in the scene.” By way of rebuttal, he and van Dinther make a serial called Eiland, published by Belgian imprint Bries, that treats the comic form like a squash ball ricocheting between its artists’ imaginations. Every issue has a cluster of stories that vary wildly in style and tone, from maundering musings to cold silence, from freehand swirls to suffocating realism. It’s an alternating current of chaos and confusion… or so it looks at first. A careful reading reveals a quietly wrought order beneath the cacography and a set of firm, if grandiose, convictions — like the malleability of time and space — that the comics’ recurring motifs and lateral presentation convey with baffling clarity.