Erik Kriek is a comic artist from Amsterdam. His main character is called Gutsman, an anti-superhero whom Erik Kriek uses to parody the golden age of comics, particularly superheroes and E.C. comics. Gutsman comics are often wordless and in black and white. Kriek often appears in Gutsman comics himself, and Gutsman is always victorious over him.
Erik Kriek publishes regularly in Zone 5300 magazine. The magazine also ran his series of Lovecraft adaptations, that were collected in the critically praised book 'Het onzienbare, en andere verhalen van H. P. Lovecraft' by Oog & Blik in 2012. He also draws for Vrij Nederland, and makes designs for album covers, posters and skateboards.
In 1998, he exhibited his work at Galerie Lambiek, a festive happening which also showcased the Rietveld Academy-trained artist's talents as a painter and lithographer. When he's not sweating it out over the drawing board, Erik can be seen on stage at various Irish bars, as a singer and banjo player. All Gutsman aficionados know that their man appreciates being offered a pint at such occasions.
Kitty, Tigra's Baby Sister (2007)