My community (military) service I also did in Düsseldorf.
I was a telephone operator in a hospital.
Soon I did nightshifts, which didn't require you to do much more
than be present for six hours. So I could draw pictures to my
heart's content, which I did with determination, since I still
had the ambition to make comics. In the daytime I slept and in
the evenings I drew. Therefore I didn't really waste time.
After that I went to Brussels.
None of the drawing from that period was published?
It didn't result in any comics?
Andreas: No, but that was not the point. I was influenced
very much by Franquin: large feet, big noses, humour.
A bit of adventure, but with funny characters.
Do you still own these drawings?
Andreas: I still have drawings from when I was sixteen,
charicatures of teachers. After that I soon switched to
notebooks in stead of in the margins or on separate sheets.
This resulted in a large collection of old notebooks containing
the most awful things.