5500 Miles of Comics

by Betje Ton

With over 250 pages of humorous and heartfelt comic journals, Betje Ton chronicles family life in Los Angeles and her move to the Netherlands during a global pandemic.

With her incredibly popular 'slice of life' comic strips, Betje is one of the most subscribed to Substack accounts in the comics category, and that’s saying something when you’re up against Hickman, Snyder, BKV and the like!

For fans of Emitown, Lucy Knisley, Jeffrey Brown, Hedger Humor


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Digital copy, 254 pages

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7" x 9.5", 254 pages



Softcover SIGNED

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7" x 9.5", 254 pages, signed by Betje


Superfan Bundle

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Get the signed book + PDF + both travelogue PDF's + both booklets + 5 comics postcards + 6 illustrated postcards, all combined into a discounted bundle



Retailer Bundle - all copies signed!

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3 copies at wholesale pricing, all signed by Betje. If you want multiple orders, click the + button in the quantity field during checkout until you reach your desired amount. In order to qualify for this reward, you must be able to provide proof that you are a retailer.


Tip Jar

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If you'd like add a little something extra. You can increase in increments of $1 by pressing '+' in the quantity field during checkout until you reach your desired amount. Much appreciated!


Add ons are only available once you have selected at least one Primary Reward listed above.

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Get drawn as a Betje character (portrait)

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You send a photo, Betje draws your portrait in her comic style.


Substack annual subscription half price

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Enjoy Betje's comics in your inbox for a whole year for half price! Betje shares comic journals, behind the scenes and comics about climate actions. As a paying member you'll also get an invite to her monthly online sketch & chat sessions. Check https://betjecom.substack.com/ to get a taste of what this subscription would look like.


Let's Be Honest

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The first booklet of Betje's comic journals. 32 pages, keep in mind that it has some overlap with 5500 Miles of Comics.


Happy Tear

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The second booklet of Betje's comic journals. 46 pages, keep in mind that it has some overlap with 5500 Miles of Comics.


5 comics postcards

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Five postcards with Betje's most popular parenting cartoons.


Travelogue Costa Rica PDF

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A travelogue made on a family trip to Costa Rica. It includes tips on how to make your own travelogue


Travelogue Roadwork PDF

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A travelogue made on a family trip from the Netherlands to Italy.


Coaching Session

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Betje has over twenty years experience as an illustrator and cartoonist and is happy to help people find their way. You can send her some samples of your work and have a one hour Zoom meeting one on one to discuss.





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7" x 9.5", 254 pages, signed with a sketch by Betje!


6 illustrated postcards

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Six illustrated postcards for every occasion: Happy b-day, Big Hug, Thinking of you, Have a jelly good birthday, Hip Hip, Get well soon.


Family Portrait

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You send photos, Betje draws your family's portrait in her comic style. This includes parents/caregivers, kids and pets, but not extended family.



One evening, I picked up a pen and drew about my day. For five years I didn’t stop: I drew with my hand in a cast and I drew when we moved internationally during a global pandemic. I drew about homeschooling my kids while trying to work and I drew about that time I almost set the house on fire. My home changed, the kids grew and my drawings improved. And then, all this drawing ended. I drew about that too. Finally, I had a chance to have a good look and make a selection.


That’s what this book is: the very best of roughly 5500 miles of comics. Over 250 pages of relatable, funny and heartfelt comics.


Autobiographical comics, as they’re written and drawn by the person who had the experiences,  are an incredible way to see the world from someone else’s perspective. Now that we all seem to live in bubbles of like minded people, it’s incredibly meaningful to have this kind of insight into the life of someone you wouldn’t meet otherwise. You will either recognize yourself in these stories or learn something new.









With over twenty years of experience as an illustrator and cartoonist, Betje has illustrated anything from children’s books to calendars and greeting cards that were sold all over the Netherlands and the United States.  


She writes and draws short stories for Tina, one of the longest running comic magazines in the Netherlands and has created cartoons that were shared by Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, 9Gag and many others.


"We the reader are invited to accompany Betje through everything from a trip to the emergency room to expat tears to moments of pure bliss with old friends. Betje uses her humor, honesty, and charming artwork to bring significance to small, human moments we all recognize."

- Natalie Nourigat, Director of Far From The Tree, author of I Moved to LA to Work in Animation 


"Betje’s daily comic journal is such an honest and real look at life’s moments—the ups, the downs and everything in between. And her drawings! They are wonderfully humorous and bring the whole thing to life. I love reading these every day! "

- Adrienne Hedger, Cartoonist for Hedger Humor

Stretch Goals


All the comics are finished. Once the campaign ends, all that’s left is send it to a printer.


We anticipate a Fall '23 fulfillment after a successful campaign, and Zoop will coordinate with the overseas publisher and printer, provide updates and communicate any delays that may pop up.

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