Soames & Co - 'De vlucht van de Condor' (Sjosji #25, 1995)

Anco Dijkman is a Dutch advertising illustrator and occasional comics artist based in Groningen.

Born in 1965, Dijkman grew up reading the work of Hans G. Kresse, Hermann, Paul Cuvelier, Hugo Pratt, André Franquin and Peter de Smet. He published his first comic strips in fanzines while attending the Art Academy in Groningen. His work was noticed by Peter de Smet, who took the young artist under his wing. De Smet got Dijkman in touch with the publishing house Big Balloon, who teamed him up with scriptwriter Jacques Post. Dijkman and Post created four short stories and one longer serial of 'Soames & Co', a detective comic set in England at the eve of World War II. These were published in Sjors & Sjimmie Stripblad (1988-1990) and SjoSji (1994-1996).

A proposed collaboration with Flemish comics artist Hec Leemans fell through, and Dijkman turned to commercial art instead. For over twenty years he made storyboards, visualizations and designed brochures. However, when interviewed for the complete reprint collection of Peter de Smet's 'De Generaal', he felt the urge to return to comics. His first effort was as the colorist for IJsbrand Oost's comic series 'Max Miller' in Eppo. He has been working on a comic set in Groningen, called 'Scarlet Edge', of which a first preview was published in the Stripglossy of publishing house Personalia in March 2018.

'Scarlet Edge' (Stripglossy #8, 2018)

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