Kim Duchateau is one of the talented young Belgian comic artists that 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. In a style in the tradition of Kamagurka, he began his career making short comics with a typical sharp humor for the small-press magazines Incognito, Zone 5300 and Beeldstorm.
His comic strip 'Madelfried de onverschrikkelijke' was published weekly on SURF-INN, the Concentra website. The adventures of Kim's anti-hero superrabbit are published on a weekly base in Het Belang van Limburg since 2008. He furthermore created 'De Hulpeloosjes' for PULP magazine, while his 'Aldegonne' strips have appeared in Zone 5300, Stripgids, Knack and the Zipp addition of newspaper De Standaard.
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 until 2015. In Holland, the 'Esther' gags have appeared in MYX and since 2009 in Eppo magazine.
Duchateau creates one-panel cartoons for several papers and magazines, including the daily 'Bis' in De Morgen from 2000 until 2014. Other creations include 'Geoffrey het Lijk', 'Samuvar de domme cycloon' and 'Gérard le Mouton-double'. Kim makes a weekly strip on the children's page of NRC Handelsblad, animated films and videos. In France, his comics have been published in L'Écho des Savanes and Fluide Glacial.
Oogachtend has published several collections with Kim's work, starting with 'Unne en andere vingerkrampen' in 1999. This was followed by several other book publications, including 'Verhaaltjes voor het Slapengaan', 'Uitzonderlijk Zwaar Vervoer', 'De Vlucht van de Kloothommel' and of course the 'Esther Verkest' series.