Comic strip for NRC Handelsblad by Remco Campert
Comic strip by Remco Campert for NRC/Handelsblad (1979)

Remco Campert is a Dutch poet, columnist and writer, and a member of the Dutch poetry movement Vijftigers. He was co-founder of the literary magazine Braak with Rudy Kousbroek, wrote poems that were characterized by their use of comon speech, and is the author of widely read novels like 'Het leven is vurrukkulluk' (1961) and 'Tjeempie! of Liesje in Luiletterland' (1968). He returned to the spotlights in the 1990s through his theater performances with Jan Mulder and Bart Chabot, and his joint column with Jan Mulder in De Volkskrant.

Comic strip by Remco Campert
Comic strip by Remco Campert for NRC/Handelsblad (1979)

Little is known that Campert has also done his share of cartooning. He started out with drawing comic strips for his school's paper, and between 1949 and 1952 he was making cartoons for Mandrill, a Dutch New Yorker-like monthly magazine. He also published some drawings in newspaper Het Parool during the same period, and in Haagse Post in the 1970s. In April 1979, he made six experimental comic strips for the Saturday supplement of NRC/Handelsblad. It were loosely drawn and playful jokes, with a sometimes melancholic undertone that also characterized his literary work.

Campert's second wife was Fritzi Harmsen van Beek, the daughter of 'Flipje het fruitbaasje' authors Eelco Harmsen van Beek and Freddie Langeler, who also had a short stint as a comic author.

One of Campert's short stories, 'De Jongen Met Het Mes', was adapted into a comic book by Dick Matena for a Christmas issue of HP/De Tijd in 2012. Remco Campert announced his retirement from all his writing activities in March 2018.

Comic for Mandrill by Remco Campert
Comic for Mandrill (1949)

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