Honestly, there's not a lot of people which I would call "friends". Maybe (probably) I'm just not good at keeping that kind of relationship going. Not interested enough. Asking too much of my time. Two days in a week are really all mine and I like to share those with my girlfriend. Something along those lines.
There's one exception though: a guy I got to know in my favorite pub in Schaarbeek (Brussels), back when I used to live there, in the 1990's. We didn't see each other every week or so, but when we did, we had an amazing lot of fun.
Then I moved out of Brussels and we lost contact entirely (we only met in that pub, did never exchange phone numbers or addresses). Actually I lost contact with everybody I had known there, except for the people I worked with.
But this guy stumbled over the blog of a certain Björn Roose some ten years later and asked himself whether that could be the Björn Roose he had known. So he contacted this Björn Roose via that blog and indeed ... that was me. His place however was some 100 kilometers apart from mine so we didn't see each other often even after that.
And then came the day on which I lost the job I had been doing for fifteen years. On that exact day he called me to ask if I was interested in doing a project with him. Since I had some time on my hands I said yes.
My friend's name is Patrick Giets and that project is a comic called The Maier Files. It started as an indy project and despite the fact that Patrick has invested years in it (he just had to tell this story), it has remained so. Publishers find it "not easy enough", the characters are "too complicated", it's "not clear who are the good guys and the bad guys". And they are at least partly right about that. I have always been amazed that with every episode Patrick managed to stay in line with what he had written before (I mainly do correction of the English, translation to Dutch, suggestions for other view points or additions to the scenario), but as he says: the characters tell him what the story should be, not the other way round. And the characters are not just your average superheroes or neighbourhood kids. They are gods and goddesses, scientists, people running black lodges, secret service guys, fractions of superpowers (the US, national socialist Germany, the Vatican, the UK) fighting each other, and caught up in the middle of that a Flemish-German couple and a guy called Rolf Dietrich, (former) leader of a renegade Waffen SS-commando. Really nobody there which can be easily defined as good or bad. The baseline of the story is "Trust no one" after all.
But still, there's friends in this story too: this renegade Waffen SS-commando. At times they find it hard to trust their leader Rolf, but their friendship keeps them together, even when most of the time they don't have a clue what is going on around them.
Here's a shot of two of the pages of Awakening, Book 2 of the series, which feature this group of friends; underneath you'll find a few shots my girlfriend did back in 2014 while we were discussing Book 0, The legacy.