Eric Heuvel is a Dutch Clear Line artist from Zaandam, best known for his series 'January Jones' and his educational comics about World War II. Born in Amsterdam, Heuvel worked as a customs officer between 1983 and 1997 before turning to comics fulltime. Heuvel drew his first comics in the 1980s, drawing 'SF-Terra' and some contributions to fanzines like Krest, Rebel Comics and Yèch. He made his professional debut in 1986 with 'January Jones', a comic about a female pilot in the 1930s. The series was written by Martin Lodewijk, published in Sjosji magazine and collected in book format by Big Balloon between 1987 and 1995.
Eric has also been working on the project of adapting the television comedy 'Toen was geluk nog heel gewoon', into comic format for Studio and Mikro Gids. His classical text strip 'Bud Broadway', for which he also wrote the scripts, was serialized in Algemeen Dagblad from the mid 1990s until 2000. This newspaper also picked up his next strip, 'Het Geheim van de Tijd' ('The Secret of the Time'), written by Frits Jonker, in March 2003.
As a commercial artist, Heuvel has made comics for the annual reports of the Blokker Holding, advertising strips for Reaal, and a comic for the Dutch public transport company (GVB) in Amsterdam. In the early 1990s he made the comic strip 'Bos & Beemd' with Hanco Kolk for the military magazine Appèl. Eric, who studied to become a history teacher from 2001 to 2003, also made educational comic pages about World War II for the Anne Frank Foundation, which were published in the Anne Frank Krant. This eventually evolved into 'De Ontdekking', Eric's educational comic about the occupation of Holland during World War II.
'De Ontdekking' was published in cooperation with the Anne Frank Foundation in February 2003 and got wide media attention. Heuvel made a follow-up in 2007 that dealt with the Holocaust in general, called 'De Zoektocht'. He finished his World War II trilogy with 'De Terugkeer', about the Dutch Indies during the war. Heuvel continued with 'Frontstad Rotterdam', an oblong comic about the bombing of Rotterdam in 1940, created in commission of the War-Resistance Museum in Rotterdam. Other educational comic projects include 'De Zaak Sven' (about stalking) and 'Lila & Kross', a comic for the Amsterdam Public Transport Company written by Patty Klein.
In 2007, Eric made the newspaper strip 'Bureau Warmoesstraat' in cooperation with ex-police officer Piet Middelkoop in Het Parool. The series consisted of comic adaptations of real anecdotes about the notorious Warmoesstraat police station in the 1980s. Heuvel was also present in the relaunched Eppo magazine from 2009 with new 'January Jones' stories. With Rob van Bavel, he made the story 'Alleen Rond De Wereld', about a young girl who sails the world on her own.
In 2012 he was present in automotive magazine Autoweek with 'Carbeau, Barones & Bolides', which was written by Noël Ummels. The 'Carbeau' series was transferred to Eppo in 2014. For Samsam, a monthly about children in development countries, Heuvel has made the comics serial 'Tjin & Charlie' with Mirjam Bonting in 2014-2015. He returned to depicting actual historical events with 'Quaco' (2015), a story about transatlantic slavery in the 18th century, written by Ineke Mok for Walburg Pers.
In 2016, he was one of the six Dutch artists to draw a comic book starring Willy Vandersteen's 'Suske en Wiske' for S.O.S. Children's Villages, based on a story by a Dutch celebrity. Heuvel made the story 'De Schaal van Moraal' with TV host Wilfred Genee. The other other artists involved were Michiel de Jong, Hanco Kolk, Gerard Leever, Romano Molenaar and Gerben Valkema.
Kees Kousemaker welcomed Eric Heuvel to Lambiek for a signing of 'De Ontdekking' on 15 March 2003.