Living History world in cartoons

This is a guest piece by Rojé, a cartoonist.

I arrived on the comics and cartoonist scene as a teenager in the eighties. The main culprits were series such as 'Spirou' from Tome and Janry and 'Apleseed' from Masamune Shirow. Growing maturity (and having more money to spend) led me to re-enactment.

Among others this was stimulated by Angus McBride and Gerry Embleton whose 'German Medieval Armies' and 'The Swiss at War', numbers 166 and 94 in the Men at War series' marked the beginning of a fateful involvement.

I originally bought the works because of the drawings. I found myself interested by the subject matter itself, discovered the Company of Saint George (who were still on the path of printed media, no website) and the re-enactment world.

I was always interested by history, so stepping into this hobby happened quickly. I now realise that drawing and re-enactment have several things in common. For example that a glance back at one's own initial efforts can be embarrassing.

Over the last twenty years I migrated through different epoques and gathered countless impressions in Living History. When I tumbled into Facebook in 2013 as 'Jean-Jacques Seiler' with the intention of making contact with other hobbyists, an idea came to me.

Following Edward Snowden's example as whistle blower I began to express my experiences out of the Living History world in cartoons and to publish them. In this way I was able to combine one passion with the other.

More cartoons by Rojé:
Das geheime Malbüchlein des Time-Travellers

The time travelers secret drawing book

By Rojé, guest author