On Tuesday 14 August, Marc van der Holst will bid farewell to his failed artistic career.
The young Marc began as a not-quite-wunderkind, reproducing sixties underground and seventies punk strips. He quickly abandoned this when it proved to be too difficult. Later, this would prove to be the beginning of a recurring pattern. Puberty followed, and with it the abandonment of almost everything, including VWO diploma and aspirations to attend art school. In the meantime, he started his first band at the age of 16. Since playing guitar demanded too much practice, he instead became a drummer and writer of texts.
Back in the days of Grunge, Marc felt in his element as a depressive fish in muddy water, and even gave drawing strips another go. This lead to the semi-autobiographical, quasi-existential strip Spekkie Big, about a bipolar piglet and his alcoholic metal friend Deef. Having obtained his MBO diploma in the middle of the ’90s, Marc found himself working in an office. How does this story end? On Tuesday, we’ll see how.