Hogwashed by Frank Hollander
Hogwashed (BNS Stripkrant 2010)

Frans Hasselaar is a Dutch comics artist, writer and editor. He is the longtime art editor for the Dutch Disney magazines, and works on personal comics projects on the side. Under the pen name Frank Hollander he wrote and drew the funny animal webcomic 'Hogwashed' (2009-2010) and he is the scriptwriter of comics like 'Max' in Hitkrant (1996-1999, art by Michel Nadorp), 'Veertigers' in Eppo (2014-2016, art by Jeroen Steehouwer) and 'Beterman' in Stripglossy (since 2016, art by several artists).

Born in 1962, Hasselaar grew up reading Walt Disney's 'Donald Duck' and developing a lifelong passion for American (newspaper) comics. Philosophically oriented series like Walt Kelly's 'Pogo' and Charles Schulz's 'Peanuts' are major influences on his own comics projects, but he has also expressed his interest in the work of Bud Blake, Mort WalkerJohnny Hart and the underground artists Gilbert Shelton and Robert Crumb. He began drawing his own (newspaper) comic strips and presented his work to several publishers, both in the Netherlands and Flanders, but also in the USA. He sold his first scripts to editor Thom Roep of Dutch Disney magazine Donald Duck in 1984, and was hired as an editor in 1985. While serving as an editor and translator for both Donald Duck and Donald Duck Extra, he continued to write scripts with characters like 'The Big Bad Wolf', 'Brer Rabbit' and 'Goofy'. Between 1989 and 1998 he wrote a great many one-page gags with 'Winnie the Pooh' for Disneyland magazine, most of which were drawn by artist Daniel Pérez of Comicup Studio. He also wrote the script for the non-Disney comic 'De aap is los!', about a chimpanzee with a fascination for cigars, who which breaks free from a research lab in Amsterdam. The story was illustrated by the Spanish artist Ruben Pellejero and serialized in Donald Duck issues 35 through 47 of 1989.

De aap is los by Ruben Pellejero and Frans Hasselaar
De aap is los! Art by Ruben Pellejero, script by Frans Hasselaar (Donald Duck #39, 1989)

In the 1990s, Frans Hasselaar was transferred to the art department of the Disney magazines. Since then, he has overseen the art and coloring of the local production of Disney comics in the Netherlands, since 2009 in cooperation with Ferdi Felderhof. Together with art supervisor Ed van Schuijlenburg, he has scouted and trained new local and foreign talents, including Bas Heymans, Jeroen Steehouwer, Sander Gulien, José Ramon Bernado and Carlo Gentina, as well as members of art studios like Comicup, Bardon Art and Magic Eye. He manages the in-house art department, which has housed such artists as Michel Nadorp, Wilma van den Bosch, Viktor Venema, Jan-Roman Pikula, Maarten Janssens and Maarten Gerritsen throughout the years. He furthermore thinks up many of the cartoons which appear on editorial sections like the reader's mail page, and provides detailed briefings for artwork dedicated to commercial purposes and digital game projects.


Sketch for a cartoon related to one of the letters from Donald Duck's mail page. The final artwork was provided by Studio Comicup.

When the other children's magazines of the Sanoma publishing company were merged with the Disney titles from 2008 until 2017, Hasselaar has overseen the comics production of girls' magazine Tina and popular science magazine Zo Zit Dat as well. In this capacity, he has plotted with Jan Vriends and the magazine's editors for plots with the new title character of Tina magazine since 2013. He has most notably developed the characters and outset of 'Professor Breinstein', the back-cover gag comic of Zo Zit Dat in 2011. Most of the plots were subsequently developed by editors like Jos Beekman, Bas Schuddeboom and Simone Ruitenbeek, while the artwork was created by the Comicup artists Dany FernandezSonia Álbert and Andrea Dotta under supervision of Jan-Roman Pikula and Viktor Venema. The 'Breinstein' was completely handed over to Roel Venderbosch in 2018. 

Hogwashed by Frank Hollander
Hogwashed (16 June 2010)

In addition to his dayjob Frans Hasselaar has worked on several side-projects. During the 1990s, he has done contributions to the comics information magazine Stripschrift. With his friend and colleague Michel Nadorp, he has made comic strips like 'De Nitwits' for Club Veronica, 'Ab van de AbvaKabo' for the Dutch labor union AbvaKabo in the 1980s, as well as the gag strip 'Max!' in the teen magazine Hitkrant (1996-1999). He participated in the 2006 comics contest of Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool with the superhero parody 'Beterman', which was drawn by Maarten Janssens and Gerben Valkema. This comic also made an appearance in MYX Magazine, and was revived for the StripGlossy by Uitgeverij Personalia in 2016. Each episode is drawn by another artist, such as Maarten Gerritsen, Tim Artz, Michel Nadorp, Henrieke Goorhuis and Daan Jippes.


Strip posted on Facebook on 3 November 2013

He wrote and drew his Pogo-inspired web comic 'Hogwashed' under the name Frank Hollander for the Comics Sherpa website in 2009 and 2010. The strip has also been featured in the annual BNS Stripkrant. For comics magazine Eppo, he wrote 'Veertigers' (2014-2016), a gag comic about three men in their forties, suffering from midlife crises and the physical complaints that come with their age. The artwork was provided by Jeroen Steehouwer (initially in cooperation with Frans Leenheer), and the strip was collected in one album by Don Lawrence Collection in 2016. Frans Hasselaar furthermore published an occasional comic strip on his Facebook-page with a starring role for himself in 2013-2014. Frans Hasselaar was one of the authors participating in Eppo's tribute project for Martin Lodewijk's 'Agent 327' comic. He made the episode 'Dossier Salto Mortale' with Kees de Boer, which was published in Eppo #12 of 2017.


Frans Hasselaar, interviewed on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Dutch Donald Duck weekly in 2017

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Frans Hasselaar in Lambiek's Nederlandse Stripgeschiedenis

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