The Break Out by Anna Bas Backer

Joris Bas Backer is a Dutch comic artist and a visual artist who lives and works in Berlin, Germany, since 2003. He is also referred to as simply "Bas" or "Joris Bas". Up until 2017, he was known as Anna Bas Backer.

Bas Backer was born in 1981. He spent his youth in different cities: The Hague and Oegstgeest in the Netherlands, Bucharest in Romania and New York City, USA. He studied at the Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam (1999-2003) and at the Rhode Island School of Design in the USA (2001-2002). His career began with large paintings illustrating spaces and places devoid of humans. Whilst he first started experimenting with comics in documentary style drawings, he later went on to use comics to comment on and critize the work he did as a fine artist. He eventually turned to more stand-alone comics and cartoons, centering around the themes "Sehnsucht" (an German phrase for a sort of "painful longing"), identity, gender dysphoria and gender roles.

Jet Boy, Jet Girl by Anna Basbacker
Jet Boy, Jet Girl

From 2005 to 2010, Bas Backer was part of the art collective Palatti, which organizes art projects, residencies and exhibitions in specific locations. He is co-author and co-founder of the project 'Chicks On Comics', an on-going, online comics discussion between feminist artists from Argentina, Colombia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore and Latvia. Among the other artists who have been involved in the project over the years are Clara Lagos, Delius, Maartje Schalkx, Julia Homersham, Powerpaola and Sole Otero, Lilli and Ulla Loge, Caro Chinaski, Fabiane "Chiquinha" Langona, Pixin and Zane Zlemeša.

He has self-published his work in booklets like 'Jet Boy, Jet Girl' (a short story based on the lyrics of the eponymous 1977 single by Elton Motello, also published in Argentina by Burlesque Ediciones) and contributed to fanzines like Renate (Berlin), Milk & Wodka (Switzerland), Larva (Colombia), Vinegreta (Colombia) and Gambuzine (Portugal). He has published in Exberliner magazine (the monthly 'Night Vultures' cartoon with Ulla Loge, 2009-2010), the Argentinean Fierro magazine, the 2010 Portuguese anthology 'Massive' and the German-French anthology 'Beton'. Electrocomics in Germany published his autobiographical comic story 'The Break Out' in 2011. Since 2013 he makes a webcomic about parenting called 'Familiejuwelen' in cooperation with Nettmann. A limited edition collection of short stories called 'Mates' was released in 2016.

Familiejuwelen by Joris Bas Backer

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