These are her illustrations for "Planet Germany" (astronaut) and "German Quiz" (girl).
I love her simple, charming line that is sensual and has a wink in it, and the sense of satire she invests in her art and writing.
She's also illustrates for newspapers and ads - more on her website.
|She was too mean for TV.|
|She started out writing in TV - for the German public broadcaster ZDF. Then she moved to Berlin to write for the East German award-winning political satire sketch show "Kaos."||This is where she honed her satire skills - her political humor got pretty mean and I've seen some pieces of hers that really hurt. Which impresses me to no end.||Alas, maybe she - and the others - overdid it. Only a few months after they ran a biting piece about the minister president of Saxony and his involvement with the Stasi, the show was taken off the air.|
|She's a good copywriter.|
|She went into copywriting - for the big agency GKM as well as freelance for others - and wrote funny and original copy for all kinds of customers...||From sentimental beer breweries to naked men on trucks to giant electric sockets...
|She's a good editor.|
|She also edits books - historical novels, thrillers and mainstream, mainly. Most German editors concentrate on details; she heads straight for the jugular.||Her favorite
sentence we ever wrote (but mostly she wrote it) is here.
(Scroll down to "The Long Sentence.")
|She came as Marie Antoinette. I came as the guy who goes to a Halloween party without a costume.|
|She was drinking to the demise of "Kaos" with a former colleague in the Zoulou Bar. I tried all night to get her telephone number. She didn't give it to me, but she told me about a Halloween party that weekend.||For the first time in my life, I played it smart. I showed up with another woman and danced with her all night.||By the end of the evening, Astrid was fuming with rage. That's when I swooped in for the kill. She didn't have a chance.|
|We write books together.|
|We discovered we both love all kinds of storytelling - fantasy and science fiction, kid's lit, mainstream fiction, satire and narrative non-fiction. We were clearly meant to write together.||We wrote a couple of sitcoms for German TV and a movie for kids and a historical epic that we almost sold to Hollywood. The cop sitcom was produced so badly we still twitch every time we hear the words "German humor."
||Soon we were collaborating on non-fiction books: We plan the structure together, decide on the attitude, voice, theme, what elements are important and what order they go in.||I then write much of the rough draft. After that, we hand the drafts back and forth, rewriting each other until it's ready to go.
|Some of her favorite things.|
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