Yoeko, by Dani
'Yoeko' (Suske En Wiske Weekblad #30, 2000).

Dani Dacquin was a Belgian comic artist, best known for his TV-related gag comics, such as 'Tele-Dani-Visie' (1969) and 'Televiviesektie' (1974), and his series 'Adam en Eva' (1973). He also drew children's comics, like 'Sprookjesavonturen van Lotje' (1974-1980) and 'Yoeko' (1979-1980s, 1998-2000). Dacquin furthermore holds importance as one of the founding members of the Belgian comics club De Vlaamse Onafhankelijke Stripgilde. 

Early life
Dani Dacquin was born in 1935 in Sint-Andries. Already at age 15, Dani began his own art studio in his parental house, which also "employed" his brothers Hedwig and Fernand. Fernand Dacquin (1939) later worked as a scriptwriter for television and radio broadcasts, and also gained popularity with his comics poems. The youngest brother Hedwig Dacquin (1943) would later become a journalist and was chief editor of Brugsch Handelsblad between 1985 and 1998.

Televiviesektie, by Dani

Comics career
Dacquin made his first cartoons for Flemish student magazines, mostly signing them with simply "Dani". He made his professional debut with the stop comic 'De Avonturen van Peerke Paraplu' (1958) in the right-wing conservative satirical newspaper 't Pallieterke. By 1960 he was active as a political cartoonist in Brugsch Handelsblad, replacing the recently deceased Guido De Cloedt. He would draw over 5000 strips about the political goings on in Bruges. With 'Tele-Dani-Visie' (1969) in the Flemish newspaper De Gazet van Antwerpen, Dacquin found his niche. His comic strip poked fun at recent TV broadcasts and media celebrities. By 1974 he ran a similar comic strip, 'Televiviesektie' (1974), in the weekly magazine Knack, parodying TV shows.

Adam en Eva

Adam en Eva
Dacquin's best known comic strip, 'Adam en Eva' (1973) appeared in De Bond and starred Adam and Eve in a series of gags. Written by Jaak Dreessen, they appeared in book format too, 'Liefde Is Een Geurig Kruid. Kroniek van Leven en Liefde' (Lannoo, 1974). Interestingly enough, this makes Dacquin the first Belgian comic artist to make a comic strip about these two biblical characters, two decades before Philippe Bercovici made 'Et Dieu Créa Eve' ('Adam en Eva') with Gerrit de Jager for L'Écho des Savanes and Panorama. 

De Sprookjesavonturen van Lotje, by Dani

From 1974 on, Dacquin was a mainstay in the Patskrant, the children's supplement of the newspaper De Standaard, which changed its name to the Stipkrant in 1977. In its pages he made his longest-running comics series, 'De Lotgevallen van Lotje' (sometimes titled 'Sprookjesavonturen van Lotje', 1974-1980), a humorous adventure comic about a young girl, Lotje. About 11 stories were published, often with help for the scripts by Dani's brother Fernand or his wife Lieve Zeghers. In 1979 he also created the gag comic 'Yoeko' for Stipkrant. The strip about an unlucky Eskimo later reappeared in Suske en Wiske Weekblad from 1998 to 2000).

Other newspaper comics
Dacquin finally drew satirical cartoons about 'Sissen BAB' for Het Brugsch Handelsblad and the stop comic 'Tom' in Het Laatste Nieuws.


Advertising comics
Dani Dacquin furthermore worked as a teacher at the art print school in Gent, From 1978 onwards, he operated his own advertising and creative agency with his wife Lieve Zeghers. For the banking company Kredietbank they made the advertising comic book 'De Avonturen van Kas en Bas. Cijnszele Wint Het Pleit' (1979), scripted by Julien van Remoortere. This particular book was later translated in French by Maddy Buysse as 'Les Aventures de Kas et Bas. Contriville Gagne Sa Cause'. In the 1980s he and Eddy Ryssack also made several advertising comics together.

Book illustrations
Dacquin illustrated the book 'Op Stap met Nonkel Bob door Vlaanderen' (1966) by TV host Bob Davidse, more famous as the children's presenter "Nonkel Bob". He also made the drawings for 'Capriolen' (1973), a book based on Walter Capiau's radio show of the same name. Some of his illustrations in this particular book are done in a gag comic format. In 1974, Dacquin livened up the pages of a 1974 Dutch-language translation of the German book 'Wohin steuert der Vatikan?' by Reinhard Raffalt, and of Julien van Remoortere's travel guide, 'Met de auto door de Ardennen en Luxemburg. Gids voor elf toeristische  routes' (1974), which was reprinted four times. Later that decade, Dacquin provided the illustrations of Gaston van Camp and Julien van Remoortere's 'Zomerboek' and 'Winterboek' (Lannoo, both from 1977), as well as Van Remoortere's camping guide 'Het Groot Kampeerboek' (1978). The busy artist furthermore designed the cover of Maria Vlaminck's novel 'De Heer van Geuzen - Yde' (1978). In 1992 Dacquin and his brother Hedwig made an "in memoriam" book for the recently deceased Flemish musician Willy Lustenhouwer, which Dacquin illustrated. 

Vlaamse Onafhankelijke Stripgilde
Dani Dacquin was founding member and an important contributor to De Vlaamse Onafhankelijke Stripgilde, a "guild" of Flemish comic artists, initiated by  Danny De Laet, Berck and Eddy Ryssack on 22 November 1978. Among the (founding) members were John Bultinck, Hec LeemansMerho and Marc SleenJean-Pol was treasurer, Kris De Saeger was secretary. In 1980 Yvan Delporte founded the Upchic (Union Professionelle des Créateurs d’Histoires en Images et de Cartoons), the first special interest organisation for Belgian comic artists, which served as the Walloon counterpart to the Stripgilde. Together they initiated and sponsored the establishment of the Belgian Comic Strip Center in Brussels in 1989. 

Death and legacy
Dani's cartoons and comics were not only widespread in Flanders: they were also published in the Netherlands, France and Germany. Dacquin and his wife Lieve moved to the Provence in 1990, and spent the next 18 years in Mormoiron. He passed away in 2019 in Bruges, at the age of 84. Dani's work has served as an inspiration for the cartoonist Marec.

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