Guardian by Robbert Damen
Guardian - Gillian (Eppo #18, 2014)

Robbert Damen is a Dutch illustrator and comics artist. He has been a regular scriptwriter for comics magazines like Donald Duck, Tina, Taptoe and Wild van Freek since the mid 1990s, but is also known for his own series 'Guardian' (Eppo, since 2012) and 'Prinses Simone' (in Tina, since 2017).

Born in Noordwijkerhout in 1971, Robbert Damen began drawing comics for independent comic magazines like Impuls, Stripnieuws and De Stripper in 1995. His gag strip 'Snoek en Trawanten' was first published in Striparazzi in 1999, and then in De Stripper, Stripnieuws and MYX.

Snoek, by Robbert Damen (1993)
Snoek (Striparazzi 3, 1999)

He wrote his first scripts for the Dutch Donald Duck weekly by Sanoma in 1996, and has been writing Disney comics on a more regular base since 2007. Damen's scripts mainly feature 'Donald Duck' and his family, but he has also written adventure stories with 'Mickey Mouse' and Goofy', and occasional ones featuring 'Madam Mim' and 'Little Hiawatha'. He has also illustrated a couple of stories himself. Damen has also reguarly worked for the girls' magazine Tina, which is published by Sanoma too. He first made six short stories of 'Ten Cate & Co' (2002-2005), and then set up the comic about popgroup 'SfinX' with René Bergmans in 2007. He wrote the scripts until 2012, after which Bergmans continued the comic on his own.

Ten Cate & Co by Robbert Damen

Together with Sander de Fouw, he was responsible for the new story concept and designs of Blink Uitgevers' school magazine Taptoe in 2011. They provided story and art for the magazine's comics, which included the regular feature 'Odin vraagt zich af...' until the final edition in August 2016. From September 2016 on, the duo was also responsible for the comics published in Taptoe's follow-up, Wild van Freek, an educational magazine about nature and wildlife built around popular TV biologist Freek Vonk. Besides comic stories with Vonk himself, they also made a strip about his rock monitor, called 'Johans wilde avonturen'. Damen left the comic in early 2018, after which Pascal Oost took over. He also worked with De Fouw on the comic 'Stuntelman' for National Geographic Junior, another magazine published by Blink. Damen succeeded Margreet de Heer as the writer of this strip from 2013 until 2018. 

Van Toen Tot Nu by Robbert Damen
Van Toen Tot Nu - The Roman Limes

In 2012, Damen published the first installment of his Victorian fantasy series 'Guardian' in Eppo magazine. Several albums have been published since. In 2013, Damen was the illustrator and comic artist of the two-volume book set 'Van Toen Tot Nu'. The illustrated books with comic segments present fifty important events, people and objects from the history of the Netherlands. It was a joint production of Studio Stampij and Big Balloon.

Prinses Simone by Robbert Damen
Prinses Simone (Tina #3, 2017)

Damen has furthermore made seven episodes of 'Finn & Fab' for the soccer magazine Just Kick It! in 2015. He returned to the pages of Tina in early 2017 with 'Prinses Simone', about a young crown princess who wants to be just like normal kids.

Robbert Damen also works as a comic artist and illustrator for commercial clients. In 2003 he produced an album about 'Kapitein Haak' for Big Horeca. With Daniel van den Broek, he has made two comic albums starring 'Captain Ecki', the mascot of the German holiday resort Tropical Island, through the agency Jora Vision in 2016.

In 2020 he joined 75 Dutch & Flemish comics artists to make a graphic contribution to the free collective comic book ‘Striphelden versus Corona’ (Oogachtend, Uitgeverij L, 2020). The book is intended to support comics stores who had to close their doors for two months during the lockdown at the height of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. 

Donald Duck by Robbert Damen

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