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Comic Creator

Jo Ooms

(19 January 1914 - 16 March 1974, The Netherlands)  Netherlands

Jo Ooms

Slager Kokkie en zijn Fokkie by Jo Ooms

Johannes Willem (Jo) Ooms was a Dutch writer and illustrator, best known as a connaisseur of the people and everyday life in the Alblasserwaard. He has written about fifty books, that were situated in this area in the South-East of the Dutch province Zuid-Holland. His books featured wealthy farmers, needy laborers, jolly chicks, unmarried sisters and Calvinist ministers.

Ooms had his first job with a printing firm, and after fulfilling his military service, he found employment with the newspaper Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant. His debut novel, 'De Korevaars', was published in 1939. After World War II, during which he wrote five novels, he became part of the city counsil of Soest for the ARP. He also wrote short stories, serials and columns for publications like De Soldatenkrant and Nieuwe Haagsche Courant. He was present in the Christian magazine De Spiegel with his comic strip 'Slager Kokkie en zijn Fokkie', and also with the column 'Mr. Crispijn slaat spijkers met koppen'.

Ooms spent the second half of the 1950s in Velp, before returning to the Alblasserwaard in 1965. He spent the final years of his life working as a fine artist. Jan Boele wrote a biography about the life of Ooms, who had married his 25 years older landlady at the age of 23 and remarried in 1955. The biography was published in 2010.

Thanks to CGL Oldersma for the image
Last updated: 2014-03-04

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