Reynaerts wraak by Leo Faes
Reynaerts wraak

Leo Faes, also known as L.E.O. Faes, is a teacher in Dutch language, who has also worked as a cartoonist and comic artist. His work shows a strong interest in historical literature, children's books and dialect.

Born in Maastricht, Leo Faes studied Dutch language and literature in Nijmegen. He graduated in 1971, and has worked as a teacher in Dutch language since 1972. He is employed by Het Stedelijk Lyceum in Enschede since 1974. He was a cartoonist for the regional newspaper Twentsche Courant Tubantia between 1985 and 2009. Among is early book are 'Big Boek' (Leopold, 1980), a children's book in comics format, and 'Lucifer' (Bruna, 1984), a parody of Rien Poortvliet's "Gnomes" books.

Faes has published several comics with the publishing house Van de Berg in Enschede (now in Almere), often in the Twente dialect. These include 'Twents in beeld' (1991), about local proverbs, 'Hennie 't hoen marathonkampioen?' (1992), about the Enschede marathon, 'Drentse FAESetten' (1993) and 'Bram Beer is oet de tied' (1996). His book 'Finish' (1995) appeared in the Frisian language. His balloon comic 'De schat van Enschede' (2002), made in cooperation with Jan Kamerling, was an educational comic about the city of Enschede.

Reynaerts wraak by Leo Faes

Because he noticed his students had difficulties understanding medieval literature, Faes has translated several of them into the comics format. He has made comics based on Middle Dutch miracle plays and stories like 'Mariken van Nieumeghen' ('Die duivelse Marieke!', 1992), 'Karel ende Elegast' ('Keizer Karel en Elegast', 1998) and 'Van den Vos Reynaerde' ('Reynaerts wraak', 1998). The latter was first serialized in the scientific magazine Tiecelijn between 1996 and 1998. His scientific study 'Elegast is Malegijs - Ingelheim is Tongeren' (2009, with classic illustrations by Bernard Reith) and his literary thriller 'Dood de vier Heemskinderen!' (2010) also referred to the Middle Dutch epic poem 'Karel ende Elegast', as well as the Old French medieval tale 'The Four Sons of Aymon'. Faes won the National Future Prize for his balloon comic 'Don Quichotte is terug?!' (2000), which was based on Miguel de Cervantes' classic book.


Beertje Bombazijn

Sports, and especially marathons, are also a recurring theme in Faes' work. The marathon was the subject in his illustrated novel 'Over de streep'. His comic 'De ware geschiedenis van Leonidas van Phaesia' was about the history of the Olympic Games in Antiquity. His comic strip 'Fabel-achtig' was made in commission of assurance company Fortis and handed out to the runners of the marathon of Rotterdam in 2000. Other comics by Faes and 'De leeuw is los!', a comic book in commission of insurace company AMEV, and 'Beertje Bombazijn', a biting balloon comic about infamous Dutch author Willem Frederik Hermans and his work.

Faes is now retired from his teaching job, and has lived in Tilburg since 2016. There, he started working on a new comic based on the animal fable 'Van den Vos Reynaerde'. 'De moordenaars van Malpertuus' (2017) was published by Peter Bonte in Brugge, Belgium. With Cor Swanenberg, he made an unofficial spin-off to Marten Toonder's 'Tom Poes en Heer Bommel' in Brabant dialect: 'Bas en Bea uit Bommel'.


De moordenaars van Malpertuus

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