Adventures in Cult City
'Adventures in Cult City'

Serge Buyse is best known under his artistic pseudonyms BZA, Buzze or Dommestiek. He is one of the two lead singers of the Flemish rap group 't Hof van Commerce. Buyse also functions as their album cover illustrator and created the comic book series 'Adventures in Cult City'.

Life and musical career
Serge Buyse was born in Izegem in 1973. In the early 1990s he performed in a local band called The Prophets of Finance. Inspired by the success of the Amsterdam hiphop band Osdorp Posse, lead by Def P, Buyse and his friends also decided to rap in their local dialect. In 1997 Buyse, Flip Kowlier and DJ 4T4 (Kristof Michiels) founded 't Hof van Commerce, who sang in West-Flemish, a dialect spoken in the Belgian province West-Flanders. They enjoyed some cult success over the years with minor hits such as 'Dommestik and Levrancier' (1998), 'Kom Mor Ip' (2002), 'Niemand Grodder' (2005), 'Jaloes' (2005) and 'Stuntman' (2012). As of 2017 they've released five albums. Apart from their group activities each band member also enjoyed a solo career, of which Kowlier received the most media attention. Buyse released his own solo album, 'Buyse' in 2011. The trio also founded their own record label, Plasticine.


Cover art for 'Herman' (1999).

Graphic and comics career
Apart from rapping Buyse also enjoys drawing. He studied graphic and textile design and later animation. Buyse designed the pig on the cover of 't Hof's second album, 'Herman' (1999). While he did read European comics during his youth, like Peter De Smet's 'De Generaal', Toon van Driel's 'F.C. Knudde', Marc Hardy and Raoul Cauvin's 'Pierre Tombal' and André Franquin's 'Gaston Lagaffe', he preferred American superhero and horror comics. He counts Ralph Steadman, Mike Mignola, Richard Corben, Dave McKean, Chris Ware, Steven Millionaire, Paul Pope, Michael Golden, Steven Wiseman, Graham Ingels, Bill Sienkiewicz, JP Leon and Sean Phillips among his influences.

One of his first attempts to draw a comic book was 'Lucha Libre' (1999), but this was never published. He felt it was too badly drawn and thus he later drew another comic book, 'Adventures in Cult City' (2009), which re-used the same characters but in artwork he felt more proud about. The story is a homage to horror and kung fu pulp. It tells the tale of five young people who decide to explore the graveyard of Cult City where they discover all kinds of monsters. The book was published by Ooga Booga Comics, a company founded by cartoonist Lectrr. Buyse decided to publish it in English rather than his home language to reach a wider audience.

In 2013 he also became a tattoo artist at the Inksane tattoo shop in Roeselare. Together with Def PSchoolly D and Adam Wallenta, he is one of the few rappers who've made comics.

Lucha Libre
Lucha Libre

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