Conrad Botes was born in Ladysmith, Cape Province, South Africa, in 1969. He studied graphic design and illustration at the University of Stellenbosch. Here, he met Joe Dog, with whom he founded the magazine Bitterkomix in 1992. Together with Ryk Hattingh, he created 'Die Foster Bende', which was published in June, 2000. His work has also appeared in European comics magazines such as Formaline, Zone 5300, Lapin and the Comix 2000 anthology. Conrad Botes and Joe Dog continue to publish their work in Bitterkomix, and have regularly exhibitions in South Africa and Europe. Recently, he started concentrating on reverse glass painting, which is derivative of his comics work and has been included in two group exhibitions in Italy in 2001 and 2002.