Joos van der Velden was born in Lichtenvoorde. His textless comic strip 'Gniffel' was published in De Gelderlander (from 1963), De Volkskrant (from 1970), Nijmeegs Studentenblad, and De Tijd (from 1972), as well as minor publications like De Ambskreten. Comics and cartoons by Joos were also published in Sjeep and in annual reports, school diaries, and the American magazine Evergreen. He was also active as a fine artist and teacher. He passed away in Renkum at an early age in 1975.