By the time I was in high school, I became the illustrator of the school newspaper, and after a while I also began making drawings for other club magazines. Even though I always wanted to make a comics professionally, I eventually had to admit that I neither had the talent nor the patience to become a fulltime artist. But I did want to work for a comic magazine! So I studied to become an editor. My first internship, in 2001, was at Amsterdam-based comic shop Lambiek (the oldest in Europe), where I helped owner Kees Kousemaker set up the Comiclopedia, the largest online comics encyclopedia. My second internship was at the editorial offices of the Dutch Disney weekly Donald Duck, where I truly learned the trade of writing comics, thanks to the editors Thom Roep and Jos Beekman. I have remained associated with both Donald Duck and Lambiek.net ever since! The Lambiek Comiclopedia reached its 14,000th entry this year, and it was really rewarding to see all that volunteer work of myself and my fellow editor Kjell Knudde honored with the 2020 P. Hans Frankfurther Prize for special merits in Dutch comics.
Basically, my dayjob is being a comics editor with the kids magazines published by DPG Media: Donald Duck and the (non-Disney) girls’ weekly Tina. At Donald Duck, I judge and edit comic scripts by our external contributors, and I train the new Disney scriptwriters. At Tina, I oversee the complete comics production. I am contact person for our local artists, I select and purchase foreign material, which I then also translate.
As a writer, I have written scripts with most Disney characters, but I have a knack for features with (movie) characters such as Brer Rabbit, Madam Mim, Basil from Baker Street, etc. I also write many short gag strips for the reader’s mail page. For Tina, I have written scripts for several existing productions, but in late 2018 I developed my own gag comic about a wannabe, goofy vlogger girl called ‘Nena’s Vlog’, which is drawn by Dorith Graef.