Dorith Graef is a Dutch comics artist, writer and editor based in Katwijk aan Zee. She has worked for the Dutch children's magazines Donald Duck and Tina of publishing house Sanoma since 2012, and is furthermore involved as an illustrator with girls' magazines and books related to horses. After her short-lived feature 'Blunder Bennie' (2015) in Penny, she has created the monthly comic 'Nena's Vlog' (2019-...) for girls magazine Tina with scriptwriter Bas Schuddeboom

Life and career
Born in Eindhoven in 1988, Dorith Graef made her first comics for manga-related fanzines while still a teenager. After Japanese Language and Culture, Dorith studied Arts, Journalism & New Media at the University of Leiden. During these studies, she became a student intern at Sanoma's children's magazines Tina and Donald Duck in June 2012. During her internship and subsequent freelance association, she has worked as a web editor for both Tina and Donald Duck. As one of the rare former interns with an actual knack for comics, she wrote scripts for the celebrity comics series based on Dutch singers Nick & Simon for Tina (2013, artwork by Rafa Ruiz) and Tina's title comic (2014-2015, artwork by Carmen Pérez). Since 2014 she has also written Disney comics with characters like 'Scamp', 'April, May and June' and the young 'Duckies'. Graef has furthermore written gags with 'Professor Breinstein' for the popular science monthly Zo Zit Dat (artwork by Studio Comicup).

A true "horse girl", Dorith published the short-lived comic about riding school pony called 'Blunder Bennie' (2015). In May 2015 she became an online blogger and illustrator for horse-related magazine Bit. She quikly transitioned to the paper version of Bit with illustrations and her own column. In 2018 she was asked to illustrate the horse-related children's book 'Help, ik ben een pony!' by Gertud Jetten for publisher Kluitman. Dorith obviously has a creative mind with a strong urge for wordplay, irony and self-mockery, which she not only showcased on her own social media channels, but also on the group effort 'Oppervlakkige wijven' (2011-2016).

Since 2018 Dorith Graef is responsible for managing the coloring and other art chores for the Dutch Disney magazines of the publishing house Sanoma. To improve her own skills, she inked a Disney comics story pencilled by Sander Gulien, and provided coloring to several editoral productions. She has also remained active for girls' magazine Tina. Since late 2018 she works with comics editor Bas Schuddeboom on the near-monthly gag strip 'Nena's Vlog', about a goofy wannabe vlogger girl. The feature made its debut in Tina's vloggers-related issue #5 of 2019.

Dorith signing at the Tina Festival on 22 September 2019 (Photo: Yvette Hoogenboom).

Dorith Graef in Lambiek's Nederlandse Stripgeschiedenis

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