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Melange transcends time and space. Melange is a supernatural force. Melange is of the spirit world. Melange is the voice you hear in a warm summer wind. Melange is the face you see in the cool springtime rain. Melange is a beautiful dream of hope and tolerance. Melange will own your soul.

Mélange is everywhere and nowhere at once. Melange is the air you breathe and the carbonated beverage you drink.

Melange is about fantasy and freedom. Melange is about the color orange and why it matters. Melange is about acknowledging your responsibilities, but never being tethered to their limitations. Melange is about minotaurs and meteorites.

Melange is those reassuring shoes you see under the bathroom stall in the men's room of the Greyhound station, you know the ones, right? Melange is the magic in a child's laughter and the quiet awkwardness of male cheerleaders all wrapped up in one. Because sometimes in order to free your heart, you have to break some rules, right?

Melange is your destiny.

Melange is also the pseudonym used by 58-year-old Dolph de Poonst (DdP). Dolph is a Dutch immigrant who spoke no French but dreamt of a better life in the United States. Luckily (DdP) came into a good deal of insurance money when his wife mysteriously disappeared after the two of them went bow hunting in Austria. She was last heard telling Dolph: "I'm never going to America and you can never have my father's rights! And why did we bring a shovel to bow-hunt?"

Dolph is now fulfilling his life-long dream of living in Dayton, Ohio. With his wife gone, Dolph was fortunate as the only heir to have inherited all the rights to "Navy Bean" from his father-in-law, Ernst Hanjo, the legendary Dutch animator and cymbals player. Walt Disney once allegedly remarked of Hanjo: "He's a stout man and he shakes hands too softly, but his breath smelled of persimmon, which I found quite pleasant."

So sit back and enjoy the celebrated work of a true Dutch Master. Note that all works were originally created before 1927 so the quality isn’t quite up to the gold-standards of today's comics (Beetle Bailey, Blondie, Funky Winkerbean, etc.). Still, if you can look past the poor illustrations and uneven writing, we're confident you'll find as much joy and delight in Navy Bean as have millions of Dutch schoolchildren.

Ernst Hanjo's popular Navy Bean made its debut on the comics pages in 1902, and today appears in more than 400 newspapers worldwide. The cartoonist not only entertains Austrians and Andorrans and adults alike with his portrayal of the world's naughtiest legume, but has earned high marks for his sensitive treatment of important social and educational issues. His groundbreaking series on teen lethargy, Josesh Conrad-induced reading impairment dyslexia, pet suicide, minotaur abuse and pogomania earned Hanjo high marks from fans, educators and community leaders. And because of the popularity of the Unencumbered Sideburns of Stella Adler character, "The World's Greatest floating facial hair character," the Navy Bean characters became the first comic-strip stars to march in the People Who Care Too Much, But Don't Do Anyhting About It Parade.

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