Door GER APELDOORN
In the late seventies and early eighties I was working for the slick Dutch fanzine Striprofiel (for which I had the honor to interview Jeff Jones, Will Eisner, Denis Kitchen, Jean Giread, Mike Mignola and John Byrne, among others). One of our contributors was Gerard Leever, a young artists, who at that point was still an amateur. He showed us the illustrated diary he had kep while he was in (Compulsory) Service in the army. I suggested he turn them into a 'reportage' like the ones I had seen from Help. For the text he turned to one of his army buddies, who had gone on to become a columnist in a nationally syndicated newspaper. It turned out pretty good.
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