from Charlie Hebdo, by Kamagurka (1980)

The dadaist and absurd cartoonist Kamagurka is an icon in Flemish humor, and a contributor to a great many magazines. Accompanied by a satirical view of society, he gets his inspiration from underground comix (Robert Crumb), Mad's Don Martin, the Belgian artist Pirana and French satirical magazines like Hara-Kiri and Charlie Hebdo. Born in Nieuwpoort, Zeebroek studied art in Brugge and Ghent and published his first drawings in De Zeewacht in 1972. In the following year, he launched the fanzine Appendiks. In 1974, he published a short story in Robbedoes and contributed to Exit.

Het geheim van het verhaal, by Kamagurka

Shortly afterwards, his work appeared in a variety of Belgian magazines, including Humo, Knack, Kick and Vrede. His work also found its way to the francophone audience through magazines like Surprise, Hara-Kiri, Charlie Mensuel and Charlie Hebdo. Eventually, the work of Kamagurka has been distributed throughout most European countries. In the Dutch language, Kamagurka's work has been present in most (alternative and underground) publications, including De Vlaamse More, Gummi, Tante Leny Presenteert, De Vrije Balloen, Vooruit, De Haagse Post and Lava.

Het geheim van het verhaal, by Kamagurka

With his partner-in-crime Herr Seele, Kamagurka created the silly Lava TV television performances from 1989, as well as the western-inspired humorous series 'Cowboy Henk', for which Kamagurka writes the scripts, in 1980. 'Cowboy Henk' is a non-horse riding, non-smoking optimist who constantly has to cope with his blinking eyelids. His character Bert and his little dog Bobje, created in 1977, also are a great success. With his absurd and sharp whit, Kamagurka has left his mark on Dutch language humor. Many of the younger comics talent - like Gummbah and Fritz van den Heuvel - have gone through a phase when they are accused of imitating this major master of madness.

Photocomic by Kamagurka
Photo-comic from Lava, starring Eddy Wally

Lambiek will always be grateful to Kamagurka for illustrating the letter "F" in our encylopedia book, 'Wordt Vervolgd - Stripleksikon der Lage Landen', published in 1979.

comic art by Kamagurka (1980)

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