Co Loerakker is a Dutch comic artist and illustrator of children's books. Born in Haarlem, he studied Geography in Amsterdam. His interest in drawing people, animals, houses and Dutch landscapes led him to cancel his studies and become a freelance artist in Haarlem in 1974.
He first came to notice when he made the illustrations for the publication of the 1975 Children's Book Week and his illustrations for Mies Bouhuys' book 'De Grote Vivat'. He has illustarted a great many nature and picture books, including an educational book about Holland for Oberon, called 'Elf Lage Landjes en een Heleboel Water' (1981).
He is however best known for the comic series 'Van Nul tot Nu', which he created with writer Thom Roep for Donald Duck magazine between 1982 and 1990. The series deals with the entire history of The Netherlands in four parts, supplemented by a fifth installment about everyday life. The latter was published in Sjors en Sjimmie Stripblad, however, because the content was a bit too adult for the Donald Duck audience. Book collections were published by Oberon and later reprinted by Big Balloon. The humorous way of describing the past, without making it a dull summation of facts, led to regular usage of the book collections in primary education.
editorial strip for Eppo/Wordt Vervolgd (#1, 1985)
Loerakker has also worked on several of Oberon and Big Balloon's 'Bobo' publications, of which 'De Familie Gisteren' was the most famous. He has illustarted text stories for Donald Duck weekly, including Allard Schröder's 'Het Dagboek van een Kat', and still makes the illustrations for Donald Duck's animal section, 'Natuurtalenten'. Co Loerakker was also an artist for Eppo/Wordt Vervolgd, with 'Wondere Wereld Strip', among other contributions.