In 2008 Uitgeverij Podium launched a new literary periodical dedicated to the strip cartoon and named after the spiritual father of the graphic novel, Will Eisner. The idea behind this new publication was to give the genre both encouragement and a platform. Cover illustrations are by a different artist for each issue, but the basic layout is unvarying: an A5 format paperback with the title reversed out in the top bar and the names of the authors/artists in a bar along the bottom. The designers do little more than present the stories, but for each new author/artist in an issue they think up a new way of presenting them, adding to the variety by drawing on an apparently infinite source of fonts and characters. To the panel this was a fresh and uninhibited series, a welcome addition not just for the literary magazine establishment but also for graphic design in general.
Final editor: Ward Wijndelts, Erik Noomen
Publisher / commissioner: Podium, Amsterdam
Designer: Borinka and Shamrock
Lithographer: Colorset, Amsterdam
Printer: Krips, Meppel, Hooiberg Haasbeek, Meppel
Binder: Krips, Meppel, Hooiberg Haasbeek, Meppel
Dimensions: 170 x 240 x 8
Amount of pages: 72 p. / 72 p. / 80 p.
Number of copies: 2,000
Price: € 15
ISBN: 978 90 5759 098 6 / 978 90 5759 378 9 / 978 90 5759 159 4
Font and foundry: Legato, various display faces
Binding style: sewn soft cover
Material: 150gsm Amber Graphic / 135gsm Go! Matt (interior), 240gsm Invercote G (cover)