Esther Verkest by Kim Duchateau
Esther Verkest

Kim Duchateau is one of the talented young Belgian comic artists that first came to the attention in the 1990s. Born in Sint-Truiden as the son of plastic artist Hugo Duchateau, he studied animation in Ghent between 1989 and 1993. Using a style in the tradition of Kamagurka, he began his career making short comics with a typical sharp sense of humor for the small-press magazines Incognito, Zone 5300 and Beeldstorm.

Artwork by Kim Duchateau

His comic strip about the anti-hero rabbit 'Madelfried de onverschrikkelijke' was published on a weekly base on the Concentra website SURF-INN, and from 2008 in Het Belang van Limburg. He furthermore created 'De Hulpeloosjes' for PULP magazine, while his 'Aldegonne' strips have appeared in Zone 5300, Stripgids, Knack and the Zipp supplement of newspaper De Standaard. Other creations include 'Geoffrey het Lijk', 'Samuvar de domme cycloon' and 'Gérard le Mouton-double'.

Madelfried, by Kim Duchateau

Kim's best known comic is 'Esther Verkest'. This sexy heroin, who lives in an absurd world full of freaks, disturbed fairytale characters and moody gnomes, has appeared in men's magazine P-Magazine from 2001. In Holland, the 'Esther' gags have appeared in MYX and in Eppo magazine.

Esther Verkest by Kim Duchateau

Furthermore, Duchateau has created one-panel cartoons for several papers and magazines, including the daily 'Bis' in De Morgen from 2000 until 2014, and since then in the free newspaper De Zondag. Kim makes a weekly strip on the children's page of NRC Handelsblad, animated films and videos. Together with Dutch artist Hanco Kolk, he made 'De Man van Nu', a modernized version of Romeo and Juliet in two dimensions, published by De Harmonie/Blloan. In France, his comics have been published in L'Écho des Savanes and Fluide Glacial.

Aldegonne, by Kim Duchateau

Oogachtend has published several collections with Kim's work, starting with 'Unne en andere vingerkrampen' in 1999. This was followed by several other books, such as 'Verhaaltjes voor het Slapengaan', 'Uitzonderlijk Zwaar Vervoer', 'De Vlucht van de Kloothommel' and of course the 'Esther Verkest' series. In 2007, Duchateau received the Bronzen Adhemar, the official Flemish Community Cultural Prize for Comics.

Esther Verkest by Kim Duchateau

In 2016 the United Kingdom voted whether they wanted to stay in the European Union, or not. When a majority voted to leave the EU, Kim drew a cartoon referencing a famous scene from 'Monty Python & The Holy Grail' (1975), featuring the Knights Who Say "No" (rather than "Ni"). To his surprise and pride the cartoon was posted by Monty Python member John Cleese on his personal Twitter page a few days later.

Cartoon by Kim Duchateau

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