Volker Kriegel


A cartoon scroll that was created within 5 years during Volker Kriegel’s creative breaks.
During his long composing sessions, the original paper scroll mounted on two logs served as a kind of meditation instrument: during breaks, the musician became a draftsman, twisting the scroll and drawing to relax – from one moving scene to the next.

What to expect:

  • a 10m long cartoon full of humour and details
  • printed and manufactured in Berlin


Length: 9 m

Heigth: 20 cm

Materials: Book linen with embedded magnets

Language: German

Printed and manufactured in Berlin


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The previously unpublished comic role of the famous jazz pioneer and illustrator

Volker Kriegel once summarized his work as “painting little men and playing jazz”. What an understatement: As a pioneer of jazz rock Kriegel enjoys world fame to this day. And as a illustrator, he created what is probably the most famous moose in children’s books, Olaf.

His cartoon scroll was created between 1993 and 1998. It all began when Kriegel took home a leftover piece of scroll from his printer’s. During long composing sessions, he kept scribbeling onto the scroll he had mounted on two logs, almost like some kind of meditation. Without any concrete goal or assignment, he let his creativity run free. This and his sheer joy in drawing are what lend his scroll its particular charm.


VOLKER KRIEGEL was born in Darmstadt in 1943. He grew up in Wiesbaden and self-taught himself to play the guitar as a child. He published his first cartoons as early as the 1960s. After graduating from high school, Kriegel started studying sociology in Frankfurt, but after completing his intermediate diploma he dropped out to devote himself entirely to music.
He soon celebrated international success as a guitarist and composer. Today Kriegel is regarded a pioneer of jazz rock.
At the end of the 1970s Kriegel turned more and more to drawing and writing. He published cartoon books and illustrated stories, designed numerous book covers and published regularly in the literary magazine “Der Rabe”. As if that wasn’t enough, he worked as an essayist, documentary filmmaker, radio author, translator and illustrator.
Volker Kriegel died on June 14, 2003 in Spain.

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Additional information

Weight 240 g
Dimensions 25 × 15 × 7 cm