Urbanus by Willy Linthout
Urbanus 87 - De Wraak Van Boemlala

The Belgian artist Willy Linthout was born in Eksaarde on 1 May, but his parents declared him a day early to receive an extra month of child support. Linthout started his career as a prize-winner of a non-professional comic contest for the Dutch edition of the French magazine À Suivre. After he met Urbanus (who already had a successful career as a comedian/performer in theaters and on TV) they decided to do an 'Urbanus' comic book.

Urbanus by Willy Linthout
Urbanus 151 - Het verbeterde testament

When the first album appeared in 1983, it immediately became a huge success. Both the stories and artwork are hilarious in the classical Flemish comic book tradition (like 'Nero', 'Suske en Wiske', 'Kiekeboe'), but more absurd. Since its debut they have produced more than 150 albums, first in black-and-white with Loempia, and then in full-color with Standaard Uitgeverij.

Lambiek in the Urbanus strip
Lambiek in 'De Laatste Hollander', by Willy Linthout

Currently, 'Urbanus' is still one of the most popular comic books in Belgium. In addition to Urbanus, Linthout has been s a scriptwriter for 'Roboboy' by Luc Cromheecke in Taptoe and for 'Het Laatste Station' by Erik Wielaert, while serving as an assistant artist for 'Kiekeboe' and 'De Strip van 7'.

Het jaar van de olifant (The Year of the Elephant), by Willy Linthout
Het jaar van de olifant, by Willy Linthout

Between 2007 and 2008, Willy Linthout made a series of 8 albums based on his personal experiences after his son's suicide, called 'Het Jaar van de Olifant', published by Bries. This critically acclaimed and highly emotional work was followed by more serious work, such as the follow-up 'Wat wij moeten weten' and the melancholic and touching 'Uit het leven getekend', that was published by De Bezige Bij in 2012. In 2009, he received the Bronzen Adhemar, the official Flemish Community Cultural Prize for Comics.

In 2005 Linthout made a graphic contribution to 'Suske en Wiske 60 Jaar!' (2005), which paid homage to Willy Vandersteen's 'Suske en Wiske'. He paid a graphic tribute to Jef Nys in 'Jommekes Bij De Vleet' (2010) and Marc Sleen in 'Marc Sleen 90. Liber Amicorum' (2012). 

Wat wij moeten weten by Willy Linthout
Wat wij moeten weten


photo of Willy Linthout and Urbanus

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