|Gundi, Tiger & Co. in front of the Old Town Hall and Roland in their (and my) home town Bremen.|
Well, uh, that's me. Hi.|
Using my given names with the last name removed as a pen-name (literary nerds would call that a prenonym) wasn't my idea, but is something that just evolved - long story I won't bother to tell, because it ain't all that interesting. Just call me Paul.
I'd studied Forestry for some years, which continues to be something of an influence on my life and art, but eventually switched to becoming a teacher of English and Geography.
I'm fluent at German, Plattdütsch and English. I've also got reasonable skills in French and Latin. In this selection, Plattdütsch is special. It's the traditional minority language of my native Northern Germany, that miraculously keeps surviving due to the effort of people who hold it dear. I'm one of them, and that's why I'm the author of (to my knowledge) the only webcomic in Platt*, named Gundula un de Stuventiger: www.stuventiger.de
Since most people around the world of course don't speak Platt, I do an English version as well, known as Master the Tiger, which I post here (and on the Duck).
Apart from drawing comics and cartoons I sometimes write poems and stories and play the electric guitar. In all of it I'm entirely self-taught.
All my art is completely hand-made. This is partly because I'm constantly at war with computers and suchlike, but mostly because that's the way I like it. To me, doing it all the old-fashioned, traditional way with nothing getting in the way between me and what I produce is part of the fun, and even if the result may look a bit less polished, streamlined, whatever than it theoretically could, I wouldn't have it any other way.
I'm also a member of a rather special band called Gummi Arabikum. This is its official channel on YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCfiPs…
* Please note that a number of artists/authors have published print comics in Platt, all of which I can warmly recommend, however I haven't seen any of them online.