By Merijn Scholten, Noortje Rap
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For the Little Roaches we don’t necessarily have to stick to known text forms. A short story can easily be combined with a poetic text. And in a booklet full of recipes you can find a poem. Comedian and columnist Merijn Scholten was an artist-in-residence at CODA last year as part of the Gelderland Heritage Festival. The Apeldoornsche Bosch Memorial Center in particular made a deep impression on him. Scholten wrote a story and recited it during the presentation at the Heritage Festival. The story had such an impact on the audience that it is now also available as a booklet. Little cockroaches is a new collection by Loopvis that will start in June 2019. Loopvis plans on a grand entrance in the Netherlands and Belgium bookshops where they will roll a complete card mill, filled with 32 little Cockroaches. Each booklet comes with a matching envelope. Themed Little cockroaches will become small collectibles. As for Themes, think of a story to comfort someone who has a hard time, something about birthdays, being sick or sad, about the death of a relative or pet, about moving, about friends (or the lack of, about getting used to a new school or sister, or about a safari in your own back yard... the list is endless. Categories: There will be 4 categories: fiction, poetry, young and culinary. The aforementioned topics can be found in all these categories. A collection of poems about death in the poetry category, a story about friendship in Young, consoling recipes in a culinary booklet and celebrating a literary treatise on birthday in Literature. Illustrations The most important thing of course is the content. Each booklet is illustrated in 2, 3 or 4 colors, in comics style, or line drawing, or 4 color illustrations. All styles and art are welcome! Frequency: after the first batch of 32 little cockroaches, every two months four to eight new titles come out, divided over the different categories. In addition, a series of 'special editions' will appear at various times during the year. A series of cockroaches around a certain (current) theme such as sports, public holidays and so on. Specifications The booklets are 12x17 cm and count 16 pages with a cover of thicker paper. They are bound with a bindrsstitch, which makes them considerably more elegant than stapled booklets. Everything is produced within the Netherlands. The printing is done by a sustainable printer in Groningen and all paper comes from Europe. The name: even should the earth be devastated, cockroaches will survive. The same applies to us, makers of texts and illustrations: however difficult and how minimal the earnings are, people will always keep writing, drawing, dancing, etc. We hope that our Little cockroaches will spread all over the world, just like a plague. And finally: the name lingers. Whether you are horrified by cockroaches or not, it is something that you won’t immediately forget!