Sjors en Sjimmie by Hein Haakman
Sjors & Sjimmie - 'Mobiele muziek' (Sjors en Sjimmie Stripblad #17, 1989).

Hein Haakman is a Dutch illustrator, comic artist and storyboard artist. Between 1988 and 1994, he was one of the artists for the 'Sjors & Sjimmie' story production in Sjors & Sjimmie Stripblad.

Life and career
Born in 1964 in Leiden, Haakman has worked as an illustrator and visualizer since 1987. Walmart, Procter & Gamble, Philips, Danone, Royal Dutch Shell and Heineken are among his extensive client list.

Sjors & Sjimmie
In 1988 the VNU publishing group launched Sjors & Sjimmie Stripblad as the latest incarnation of its comics magazine Eppo. The iconic rebels Sjors and Sjimmie became the title heroes. The editors wanted them to have a prominent role in the new magazine, so new artists and writers were brought in to produce longer stories, all under creative supervision of the official authors Robert van der Kroft, Wilbert Plijnaar and Jan van Die. Scriptwriters were found in the ranks of the Dutch Donald Duck weekly, while Spanish studios like Comicup, Comicon and Bonnet provided artwork. Hein Haakman was hired to draw the weekly gag page, as well as an occasional short story for both Sjors en Sjimmie Stripblad and its successor Sjosji. He and his brother Vincent also came up with several of the plots. Haakman worked on the comic between 1988 and 1994. His artwork was uncredited, but can be retraced through the initials HH in between the panels.

Other comics
'Koos Oudewater' was one of Haakman's own creations. The character appeared in the 1989 charity 'Cartoon Aid' anthology. In the late 1980s he also alternated with Tom van Wanrooy and Barend Lammes on the 'Koik 'rs an' section in the regional papers Dagblad voor West-Friesland and Noordhollands Dagblad. The feature provided a daily drawing based on a typical phrase or expression from the West-Frisian region. In 1989 he additionally helped with the inking of the 'Gilles de Geus' episode 'De Batavia' by Hanco Kolk and Peter de Wit.

Ulyana's grote avontuur
In commission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in The Hague, Hein Haakman created the comic book 'Ulyana's Grote Avontuur' (2015). The story aimed at refugee children who have been living in the Netherlands for some time, and tried to paint a positive perspective on (voluntary) repatriation. The title character Ulyana has to return to her own country with her parents, but rather wants to stay in the Netherlands. Only after the advice and reassurances of other refugees in the asylum seekers' center, she sees the positive side of her return. The comic book received quite some online backlash. Criticasters felt the organization promoted deportation by giving misleading information, and using racial stereotyping. The book shows the children being happy to return to their home countries because of the nice weather and natural surroundings, but failed to address the reasons for their refuge in the first place. On its website, the IOM however stated this comic story "about voluntary return and reintegration" was made "as an effort to recognize the right of children to be informed about the return procedure and the role that IOM plays."


'Ulyana's grote avontuur' (2015).

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