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18.03.2019 Live in Stockholm


Students from the Kungliga music school will perform songs from Nick Cave and I will draw live to them. The setlist contains songs like: Mercy seat, Red right hand, Henry Lee and lots of others!


Note: In Swedish I am called a Tuschtekningar 



On the 2nd of April from 5pm 


Under the fountain at the Kulturhuset 



Entry is free, so don’t miss this event. We will rock the fountain!

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18.11.2018 Harry Haft Movie


 Soon a mayor Hollywood movie with Ben Foster and Tom Hiddleston: The story of Hertzko „Harry“ Haft from my comic book „The Boxer“. Director will be Barry Levinson.










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12.10.2018 Cheltenham Literature Festival


What a fantastic show yesterday in Cheltenham! Live drawing concert with Andrew Bate performing a gorgeous set of Nick Cave songs. In the end we made 175 Pounds and 80 Dollars by selling the drawings that we can donate to Sea Shepherd. Thanks for everyone for making this possible!





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05.09.2018 Cash and Cave in France


For my friends in the fabulous country of la Bande dessinee: „Nick Cave - Mercy on me“ and a new edition of my Johnny Cash comic book „I see a darkness“ now at Chez Casterman. 

Casterman - Cave


Casterman - Cash






































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12.06.2018 Shirt


I was very happy to see the official Nick Cave Shirt with my drawing at the show in Dublin in June for the first time. 

You can order the Reinhard Orange Smoke Shirt here:







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04.06.2018 Max und Moritz award


I won the Max und Moritz award 2018 as best German comic book artist! YAY!





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29.04.2018 Kolkata Jazz Festival


Some new photos from a live drawing concert in Kolkata last year with Amid Datta and band during the Kolkata Jazz Festival. This time I was completely free with the illustrations since the music had no lyrics. So I was drawing a little story about a couple visiting a Jazz club and getting carried away by the music.











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23.04.2018 On tour!


Brno: 9th of May 2018 at 6pm at the MZK Library, presentation with live drawing.



Prague: 11th of May 2018 at the book fair around 2pm and 5pm. In the evening there will be the opening of an exhibition at the Goethe institute:



Vienna: 14th of May 2018 at 7pm at the literature house Vienna. There will be a talk about the book with Thomas Ballhausen and some live drawing.



Bratislava: 18th of May 2018 at Pistoriho Palais with a panel talk and a live drawing concert. In cooperation with BRaK-Bratislava Buch Festival.



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21.03.2018 Rough Trade

 „I started thinkin’ about London

And nothing good ever came from this town…“ NC

Except… A Live drawing concert with the amazing „Gris de Lin“ and me, plus a presentation of the Artbook „Nick Cave and the bad Seeds“ at the Rough Trade store in East London.


Entry is free.


Saturday 14th of April


at 1:00 pm


Gris de Lin


Facebook event


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22.02.2018 Video Nick Cave Party


This is a trailer for the fabulous Nick Cave comic release party in Berlin  on 22nd of September last year to celebrate the birthday of Nick Cave and the launching of the Graphic Novel „Mercy on me“. The sold out SO36 saw performances by Lolita Terrorist Sounds, whose set I illustrated live, Stefanie Gras and Vadda Cash, Gemma Ray and band.

Kamera: Tomek


Thanks to Carlsen Verlag, Claudia Jerusalem Groenewald, David Fernandez, Tomek, Maik Brüggemeyer, Rolling Stone Magazine, SO36, Max Dax, Karina Qanir.


                                                                        PLAY VIDEO


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10.01.2018 Travelsketches from India


On invitation from the Goethe Institute in India. You can see some sketches from that journey here:












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10.11.2017 Art Book exclusive Pre Order


Get your copy of „Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - An Artbook by Reinhard Kleist“ in the English edition by Selfmadehero! Pre-order this LP-sized coffee table book exclusively from Orders will be dispatched w/c 20th November. Every copy comes with an A5 art print.






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04.11.2017 Nick Cave Party at the SO36


See some images from the comic book release show with Gemma Ray, Stefanie Gras and Vadda Cash and Lolita Terrorist Sounds:







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16.10.2017 Nick Cave - Mercy on me in Italy


The Italian edition of „Nick Cave - Mercy on me“ will be in stores in Italy from now on!


Bao Publishing printed a wonderful edition of the book. More infos here:


BAO Publishing














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08.10.2017 Ray Bradbury


Since a very long time I wanted to illustrate Ray Bradburys masterpiece "Something wicked this way comes". Now it is here, in a wonderful German edition by publishing house Aladin. It has 24 illustrations and about 60 vignettes for every chapter.

Aladin Verlag

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This is it! The German edition of the Nick Cave book: 330 pages, oversize format, wonderful printing. In stores from 29th of August. You can preorder the German and the English edition here (and the art book of course):


Modern Graphics















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08.08.2017 Nick Cave Release Party


There will be a hiuge release party of the Nick Cave comic book in Berlin/Kreuzberg. On 22nd of September bands like the wonderful Gemma Ray and wild Lolita Terrorist Sounds (including a live drawing by myself) will play on stage and DJs Max Dax and Karina will rock the place.

Host of the evening:  Maik Brüggemeyer (Rolling Stone).

SO36, Oranienstrasse 190, Berlin/Kreuzberg

Tickets here: KOKA36

Doors open: 21 Uhr

There will be a lot more events in Germany and other countries. I will post news here.



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29.06.2017 New battles without honor and humanity


Some new designs for film posters for a re-release of "New battles without honor and humanity" by Kinji Fukasaku:





















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25.06.2017 Nick Cave - Artbook


September 2017 sees the release of the Nick Cave and the bad seeds - Artbook that accompanies the comic book "Mercy on me" in Germany. 

Some details about the beautiful book here: ARTBOOK






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15.05.2017 Nick Cave - Mercy on me


Release date for the comic book about the life of singer Nick Cave will be end of August. More infos about the book here:











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05.05.2017 The Boxer


Out now in Greece in a beautiful edition by publishing house Elevaton is my comic book "The Boxer" about the life of Harry Haft.











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24.01.2017 Live Drawing concert in Sri Lanka


Fotos from a Live Drawing concert in Sri Lanka with Soul Sounds, all womens choir from Colombo:










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23.01.2017 Travel sketches from Sri Lanka


Some new travel sketches from a trip to Sri Lanka with the Goethe Institute:












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28.12.2016 Live Drawing Konzerte


In the LIVE DRAWING section you will find some new photos from concerts in the Ukraine, Egypt and in Berlin in the famous SO36 club.











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27.10.2016 Cash in the Czech Republic


 For all my friends in the Czech Republic: My book about Johnny Cash is now available in Czech in a wonderfully made edition by my publishing house ARGO. I will present the book with a live drawing concert on the 14th of December in Prague.

















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24.10.2016 Nick Cave blog


The website about my book about the singer Nick Cave is now in English as well:





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07.10.2016 Hych Orkester Live drawing concert


How they party in the Ukraine! A video from the fantastic concert of Hycz-Orchester and me at the Pulverturm in Lwiw.

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20.09.2016 Gustav Heinemann award 2016


Yesterday I had the honor to receive the Gustav Heinemann peace award for childrens books for my book "An Olympic Dream" in Cologne. This is the third prize for this book and I am happy as a "Honigkuchenpferd" (google that!)

"An Olympic Dream" at Selfmadehero




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16.07.2016 Ich bin ein Berliner


On the 13th of August I will have the honor to do a live drawing concert with the fabulous „Lolita Terrorist Sounds“ and their charismatic singer Mauricio. 


„Ich bin ein Berliner“ party at the SO36 in Berlin Kreuzberg, Oranienstrasse 190. Doors open 11pm.




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22.06.2016 52 Pick Up


New poster design for the movie "52 Pick up" with Roy Scheider. Not the best of his his career, I think, but he is as cool as always.








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13.05.2016 Award for ...


... "An Olympic Dream".

What a wonderful award! Just came back from Bamberg where I had the honor to receive the catholic children books award 2016 for my book "An Olympic dream". See a report about it here:

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20.03.2016 New box fight sketches


New sketches from a box fight at Bruno Gehrke Halle in Berlin/Spandau from last saturday:
















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18.02.2016 Filmposter


You can see some designs for DVD Covers for such films as Stanley Kubricks "The Killing" or "Battles without honor and humanity" under:








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06.02.2016 Paul Buchanan

"... where the cars go by"

Two new pictures from the fantastic singer of "The Blue Nile", Paul Buchanan, in section of Artwork:





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24.11.2015 "The Boxer" as a theatre play in Augsburg"

Some pictures from the theatre play, live music performance based on my comic book "The Boxer". Fantastic actor Sebastian Baumgart and the two drummers Walter Bittner and Kilian Bühler take the audience on a trip through Hertzko Hafts odyssey through several concentration camps and his career as a boxer in U.S. My personal Highlight were the wild boxfight scenes between the two drummers and the pictures on the screen.
Directed by Susanne Reng
Visuals by Gerhard Fauser
Fotos by Nik Schölzel


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18.11.2015 Video from Lisbon

Fantastic video from the comics festival in Amadora and my live drawing event with DJane Isabel at the Musicbox in Lisbon to the music of Nick Cave and Johnny Cash:




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13.11.2015 Castro in Turkey

My comic biography about Fidel Castro is now available in Turkey. You can order it here:











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The Boxer is now published in Indonesia. Thanks to the Goethe Institute for the translation. I think, that I am the first German comic artist that managed to get his book published in this amazing country! See the website of the publishing house:









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15.10.2015 Travel sketches from Laos

Here you can see some travel sketches that I did while I was in Vientiane, Laos, on invitation from the German embassy and the Institute Francais:









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28.09.2015 Sketches from Boxfights

Sketches from a tournament in Spandau/Berlin in Sptember 2015:












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21.09.2015 Patti Smith

Under the section "Artwork" I put two pictures of the incredible Patti Smith. Saw her concert last month and it was unbelievable. The lady rocks the house.








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27.08.2015 Fidel Castro in the U.S.A.!!!

"As America moves toward normalizing relations with Cuba, this gripping, vivid graphic novel reveals the life and times of Fidel Castro, one of the 20th century's most intriguing, charismatic, and divisive figures. The book is narrated by a German journalist named Karl Mertens, who is plunged into the searing heat of pre-revolutionary Cuba in the mid-1950s. He first meets with Castro while the latter is hiding in the mountains, then follows him through the dramatic revolution and his ascent to the presidency that, despite the Bay of Pigs confrontation and decades of international trade blockades, lasts for nearly 50 years. We also witness Castro's involvement in bloody skirmishes, failed missions, and brutal crackdowns, as well as his interactions with and on behalf of the Cuban people, which reveal as much about his fallible human qualities as they do his legend.

Castro is the work of acclaimed German graphic novelist Reinhard Kleist, who visited Cuba in 2008. Bristling with energy and alive with the spirit of Cuba, Castro has much to offer about the complex politics of one of the most enduring and controversial figures in modern history.

Includes a foreword by Castro scholar Volker Skierka, updated to include references to renewed relations beween Cuba and the US."




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22.08.2015 Vietnam

In the Travel Sketches section you can find some sketches from my trip to Vietnam in May:












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20.08.2015 Live drawing in Vietnam

In the section for Live drawing you can find some pictures from an event at Cà phê thứ Bảy in Ho Chi Minh City, where I was having a ball drawing pictures of Johnny Cash to the music of the band TOFU:




11.08.2015 Milano Calibro 9

New from Arrow Films UK: Milano Calibro 9 from Fernando Di Leo with fantastic actors like Mario Adorf and Gastone Moschin. And I did the cover artwork.








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15.07.2015 Two new Cash pictures

There are two new Cash pictures in the gallery section:













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25.03.2015 News from the Nick Cave Comic Blog


News from the Cave Comic Blog: A sketch from Rowland S. Howard, an illustration with Nick as the stranger from "When I first came to town" and a scene from a "Birthday Party" concert. Plus: You can subscribe to the blog now as well.




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05.03.2015 Nick Cave Comic


Since some time I am working on a new and quite big project, a comic book about one of the greatest musicians and artists of our times, Nick Cave. To keep you all informed about the ongoing of the book, me and my dear friend Johnny Häusler made a website where I will post sketches, illustrations and news from and around the book.

Have a look:



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03.02.2015 Der Traum von Olympia


 Now available in Germanys bookstores is my new book about the Somali sprinter Samia Yusuf Omar, who competed in the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 and died unfortunately in 2012 while crossing the mediterrenean sea to reach Europe.









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03.02.2015 Il Pugile


 Just came back from Italy where I presented the Italian edition of "The Boxer". "Il Pugile" is brought to you by my new fabulous editor Bao Publishing. 









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