Interview with Joost Pollman

Dagblad van het Noorden has an interview with Joost Pollman, curator of the Comics Museum.

Quick summary by yours truly:

  • No precise date has been picked for the opening, but it will be in April
  • Joost is kept awake at night by all the stuff that still needs to be done (I know how that feels)
  • Attractions will include a “Moving Theatre” introducing comics to the masses, a “studio” demonstrating the modus operandi of several famous cartoonists, a coloring room where (presumably young) visitors can try their hands at working on a comic, and the webcomics room.
  • Joost is not a great comics lover, but an experienced exhibit organiser. Even his brother Peter Pontiac was hardly represented in his book collection.
  • Joost also discusses some of the constraints in which he has to work. The museum has no collection of its own and will not be able to do research. Also, a lot of work on the museum’s charter content was already done, and the museum’s focus was pre-destined to be on popular works from the Netherlands: Franka, Jan, Jans en de Kinderen and Heer Bommel among others.
  • Despite these constraints, Joost has a wish list of comics he wishes to exhibit. The range is pretty wide: he is working on an exhibit on Archie, Man of Steel but also supports the inclusion of young Dutch artists.
  • He says the museum will be aimed at a wider audience, not just hardcore fans.