Still from the movie adaptation, directed by Stanley Kolk (2017)




The doors are about to swing shut on the Antonisse Bookshop and Simon, its third-generation owner, is facing some tough decisions. But when he witnesses a suicide, old memories intrude, guilt bubbles up and his grip on reality loosens. A chance encounter with a young student, Regina, prompts Simon to open up about the past that haunts him. The Return of the Honey Buzzard is a compelling graphic novel about grief, love, our actions and their consequences. It is Aimée de Jongh's debut graphic novel, and it became her definitive breakthrough in the international comic book scene. The book was adapted to film by director Stanley Kolk in 2017 (view trailer).

Original title: De Terugkeer van de Wespendief
160 Pages / Black and white / 12+ / Rights and Licensing: Scratch Books (NL)

Follow this link to view an excerpt from the book (English).

Belgium and The Netherlands: 2014 by De Bezige Bij, 2017 by Scratch Books
Belgium and France:
2016 by Dargaud Benelux
US / UK / Canada:
2016 by Selfmadehero
Spain: 2016 by Ponent Mon Serbia: 2016 by Komiko
For inquiries about rights and licensing: contact Scratch Books

Prix St Michel 2014 for Best Dutch comic book


"De Jongh's black and white artwork is cinematic and full of character. Reading it, you both rattle through the story and linger on the imagery. A genuine pleasure." — The Herald

"The Return of the Honey Buzzard is an extraordinary feat for a first timer."
— The Comics Beat

"An extremely mature debut. Makes you wish that far more graphic novels of this standard would appear in the Netherlands." NRC Handelsblad

The Return of the Honey Buzzard is for sale at every comic book shop or regular bookshop. Get the book online at: Return of the Honey Buzzard on Amazon.com