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

Robbert Damen has worked as a professional illustrator and designer since 1998. Born in Noordwijkerhout, he 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 also published by Sanoma. 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 Malmberg's 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. Since September 2016, the duo is 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 make a strip about his rock monitor, called 'Johans wilde avonturen'.

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.

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 a comic album featuring 'Captain Ecki', the mascot of the German holiday resort Tropical Island, through the agency Jora Vision in 2016.

Donald Duck by Robbert Damen

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