In December 2016 my uncle Michel died after a short struggle with cancer. The day before he died I visited him at his home in London, and that evening he told me the story of how he had visited his grandfather Albert shortly before his death in East Germany. During his visit he had promised Albert to write the story of his life.
Sadly, this he never did, and the baton was passed to me. So to honour both my uncle and great-grandfather, I would like to research and publish a book chronicling Albert’s story alongside the story of the dramatic social and political changes in Germany and Europe during his early life.
2018 marked the centenary of the November Revolution in Germany; and I thought this the perfect opportunity to commemorate his life.
I have always been interested in comic books, and as an aspiring artist and illustrator I thought it fitting to tell Albert’s story as a graphic novel. With this in mind, a project to research and publish Albert’s life was successfully funded via Kickstarter earlier this year, which enabled research visits to Stuttgart and Berlin in May.
Following the research trip, an outline was prepared for the book and a script half-written. The creation of artwork for the book commenced in summer 2018 and I am hoping to complete the book in 2020. The book will be self-published and pre-orders (for both digital and physical copies) will be available through this website later in 2020.