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Comic Creator

Joost Roelofsz

Professor Roelofsz

(b. 7 June 1943, The Netherlands)  Netherlands

Joost Roelofsz

Oom by Joost Roelofsz
Oom (Het Vrije Volk, 25 May 1971)

Joost Roelofsz has been working as an illustrator since 1970. The first book he illustrated was 'De Zeven Hoofdzonden', and he has since made drawings for books by Remco Campert ('Tjeempie, of Liesje in Luiletterland', 1976) and Rudy Kousbroek ('Het rijk van Jabeer', 1984), and for weeklies like Vrij Nederland. He won the Golden Brush for his illustrations for 'Voor en achter' in 1982.

Leven en Dood by Joost Roelofsz
Het Leven en De Dood en Televisiekijken

With Gerben Hellinga, he made the newspaper comic strip 'Oom', starring the character Celia, for Het Vrije Volk in 1970-1971. His improvised and experimental comic 'Het leven en de dood en het televisiekijken' was first published in Haagse Post in 1976 and 1977. The 64 drawings of the story featured the so-called zoom-effect, where a miniature of the previous panel was featured in every drawing. A colored version was made for an exposition in the following year and a film adaptation called 'Life and Death' won the first prize at the Cork Film Festival in Ireland in 1980.

His father was artist and painter Charles Roelofsz.

Oom by Joost Roelofsz
Oom (Het Vrije Volk, 15 February 1971)

Last updated: 2013-07-12

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