Comics diary for MYX (2006)
Menno Kooistra was born and raised in the north of Holland, where he published his first monthly magazine containing work by himself and a friend. In 1993 a second magazine saw the light of day: Sédox, featuring morbid underground comics by different artists. A little later he published his own work in the amateur magazines De Stripper and Impuls. In 1996 Menno moved to Amsterdam to study at the Film Academy, which was followed by an education in Film Science at the University. Finished as a Master of Arts in 2003, he started drawing cartoons and comics on his own website Mennomail and in magazines such as Myx Stripmagazine. He collaborated with Johan de Rooij on the comic short 'Trui'.
In March 2007 Menno edited and released 'Bloeddorst' ('Bloodthirst'), a Dutch horror anthology, featuring work by 30 Dutch and Belgian artists, who created an original comic on the horror theme. The book is a reference to seventies horror magazines Creepy and Eerie. Besides his own contribution, the book contains stories by Peter Pontiac, Maarten Gerritsen, Maarten Janssens, Marcel Ruijters, Fred de Heij, Minck Oosterveer, Lamelos, Alice Kok and Erik Wielaert.
Menno Kooistra eventually moved away from comics, and shifted his focus to movies. He maintains the online film portal VoorDeFilm, for which he also makes movie mash-ups, and he works as online video editor for VPRO television. An avid fan of David Bowie, he also made a mash-up of Bowie songs with DJ Sandeman, which was widely picked up and even posted on Bowie's official website in 2012.