De Plastieken Uil, by Frank-Ivo

Frank-Ivo Van Damme is mainly a graphic artist and a calligrapher. He did a lot of pen and pencil drawings for magazines, folders and books, but also wood carvings. He did his first comic in 1953 in the student magazine Deze Tijd from Leuven. But his actual comics debut came in 1962, when he drew 'De Plastieken Uil' in MK-Het Weekblad. He modelled the comic's main character, Bart, after himself. For the same magazine, Frank-Ivo drew 'De Mississippi Kever' and the documentary comic 'Voorbarig Vonnis', a comics report on the first Paris-Madrid race in 1903. These stories remained Frank-Ivo's only comics work. He was head of the Academy in Merksem, that had its own comics section.

In 1987-1988 the publishing company Brain Factory International released a four-volume comic book series where Franco-Belgian comics authors visualized several songs by singer Jacques Brel in comic strip form. The first volume, 'Le Plat Pays' (1987) featured a contribution by Van Damme.

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