Heftige Hersens by Jan Bart Dieperink
'Heftige Hersens'

Jan Bart Dieperink is a Hilversum-based Dutch designer, illustrator and cartoonist who works as a "creative consultant" under the banner Crazie Dutch Men since 2000. His best-known comics projects are his newspaper strip with comedian Herman van Veen's clown persona 'Hermanus' (2001-2005) and the educational graphic novels about adolescents brains, 'Heftige Hersens!' (2013) and 'Voor de leeuwen!' (2016).

Crazie Dutch Men
Born in Hilversum in 1969, Dieperink is a completely self-taught artist. At his tenth birthday, he was surprised with a guide through the legendary Toonder Studio's. It certainly fuelled his ambitions to become a comics artist himself, but he initially chose another career path in sales. He kept on drawing in his spare time however, and by 2000 he took the plunge and began working as a designer and illustrator as Crazie Dutch Men. He has illustrated children's books and worked for the weekly magazine Nieuwstribune, the monthly Starstyle, Amsterdam magazine and CJP Magazine, among other clients. To complement his income, he continued to give sales trainings for service personel in shops and the catering industry.

Hermanus, by Jan Bart Dieperink

Collaborations with Herman van Veen
As a youngster he already had a fascination for the humor of the Dutch singer/performer Herman van Veen. Van Veen often performed as a clown in a chequered black-and-white jacket, which inspired Dieperink to a celebrity comic about this persona. Luckily, Van Veen was interested too, and in November 2001 the 'Hermanus' character was first presented to the public in Van Veen's humor booklet 'Grappen en Grimassen'. About 800 'Hermanus' strips were then published in Het Utrechts Nieuwsblad and other regional papers of the Wegener publishing group. The playful and surreal gags starring the Dutch comedian with a clown's nose and aforementioned jacket were first collected in an oblong booklet by Stripstift, with both a Dutch and a German edition in 2007. The publishing house Strip2000 released four new collections in 2015-2016. Dieperink has furthermore cooperated with animator Martin Jan van Santen on three animated pilots with Van Veen's clown persona.

Until 2007 he also provided the scripts for Van Veen's soccer comic 'Jan Kaman' (or 'Jan de Man'), which was drawn by Wout Paulussen and then Wilma van den Bosch for the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB). Dieperink is also involved in other concepts for theater shows, musical performances and animated films by the Herman van Veen Studio's.

Hermanus, by Jan Bart Dieperink

Collaborations with Mark Mieras
Jan Bart Dieperink has cooperated with scientific journalist Mark Mieras on several educational books about the adolescent mind. The first was the graphic novel 'Heftige Hersens!' (Nieuw Amsterdam, 2013), which gave insights in the different activities in the busy brains of adolescents in documentary format. Why do they fall in love, become jealous or in doubt about their body? Visual artist Laura Laaroo provided the coloring and graphic design. The book was presented in the Stadsschouwburg city theater of Amsterdam where young actors performed scenes from the book on stage. This interactive show has been revived several occasions. An updated edition was released by Bazalt in 2019. Dieperink and Mieras' next collaboration was 'Voor de Leeuwen!' (Van Gorcum, 2016), a guide book for teachers to become self-assured in their work by understanding the ways and means of their young students. Teacher and author Marijke van Dijk served as a consultant.

Jesus spoof
In 2018 Crazie Dutch Men self-published Dieperink's spoof on religion, the "unorthodox, satirical and happy blasphemous" book 'Jezus Christus was een meisje'. Inspired by the classic film 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' (1979), it presents an alternative reading of the historical Jesus in his younger years, when he would have been a woman.

Jan Bart Dieperink in Lambiek's Nederlandse Stripgeschiedenis

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