Zwolle has a glorious past and produced great names. Johan Rudolph Thorbecke, Johannes Cele, Gerard Ter Borch, to name a few. To honor them, a statue is placed, a street or school is named or a former residence is put in the spotlight.
They are also there in this time, blue fingers of today and those who are of significance for Zwolle now and in the future. Why not turn the spotlight on them? To put them in the spotlight and give them attention. But you don't do that with people who are still alive or who have recently died, do you? Is it modesty that keeps us from doing that? I don't participate in that.
On an impulse I got the idea to immortalize 30 people from Zwolle in a cartoon (not a caricature but lifelike) and bundle them in a book. As a tribute, so that we don't forget them and their influence. And when I have an idea, I go for it. My main motivation? I like to bring a positive buzz to Zwolle. As I am used to doing from the Herman Brood Museum. Always with a wink.
Ivo de Lange
artist: Luc Verschuuren
lyrics: Peter Pels
Design and layout: Robert Lugtmeier