'Cleef Coombe'.

Ross Cappaert is a Belgian comics writer and artist, who is also known as simply Ross. As an artist, he was responsible for 'Cleef Coombe' (1981), a western comic published in Robbedoes Speciaal 81-82. He later wrote comics like 'De Kinderen van de Regeling' (1988-1994, art by Yurg), prepublished in Sjors & Sjimmie Stripblad, and 'De Ever en de Roos' (2010-2017, art by Kurt Cassauwers). Cappaert was also active as a translator of French and English texts.

Early life and career
He was born in 1952 in Flanders as Rosita Cappaert, but nowadays goes by the name of Ross Cappaert. In terms of drawing he's an autodidact. During the 1970s Cappaert wrote several stories in the 'Vlaamse Filmpjes' children's book series. Most of these stories were set in historical eras, with an educative tone. This would also become a recurring theme in his comics, which mostly have juvenile protagonists and often deal with nature preservation, ethics and humanitarian causes. He was a founding member of the Vlaamse Onafhankelijke Stripgilde, a comics appreciation club established by Eddy Ryssack, Danny De Laet and Berck.

Comics drawn by Ross
In the early 1980s he created twelve adventures of 'Cleef Coombe', a realistic western comic about a group of kids in a peaceful town in the South of Texas. Only one story was published in Robbedoes Speciaal 81-82, a one-shot supplement to the Dutch-language version of Spirou. In his comics series 'Wartoons' he adapted novels into comics. It is unknown whether these were ever published?


'De Kinderen van de Regeling' (Sjors & Sjimmie Stripblad #3, 1994), art by Yurg.

De Kinderen van de Regeling
Ross Cappaert has since then mostly focused on scriptwriting. In Spirou #2377 appeared his short story 'La récolte de Satan' ('De oogst van de haat', 1983), illustrated by Malik. He furthermore scripted the science fiction comics series 'De Kinderen van de Regeling' (1988-1994). Some test pages were made by Jeroen Steehouwer, but the series was eventually drawn by Jurgen De Muynck, aka Yurg. Three stories were published in the Dutch comics magazine Sjors & Sjimmie Stripblad in 1988, 1990-1991 and 1993-1994. Big Balloon published one album in 1991.

Brussel in beeldekens
He made a contribution to the collective comic book 'Brussel in Beeldekens. Manneken Pis en andere sjarels' (2009), where various artists interpreted anecdotes about the history of Brussels in comic strip format. Cappaert scripted the final story in the book, 'Huwelijk Op Het Schavot', which was drawn by Patrick van Oppen.

De Ever & De Roos
Between 2010 and 2017 Cappaert scripted 'De Ever en de Roos', drawn by Kurt Cassauwers, a romantic adventure comic set in the Middle Ages. It follows the adventures of the wayward lady Alienor. Three albums were published by Peter Bonte.

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