Co Loerakker is a Dutch comic artist and author of illustrated 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). This book formed the inspiration for the comic series 'Van Nul Tot Nu', which he created with writer Thom Roep between 1982 and 1990.
In this series, an old man called Methusalem tells the schoolgirl Ankie about the entire history of the Netherlands. The series was published in parts in the weekly magazine Donald Duck, of which Roep was editor-in-chief, and collected in four books. The series was supplemented by a fifth installment about everyday life. The latter was published in Sjors & Sjimmie Stripblad, however, because the content was a bit too adult for the Donald Duck audience. The 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 books in primary education.
Loerakker has also worked on several of Oberon and Big Balloon's 'Bobo' publications, of which the educational book series around 'De Klup van Gisteren' was the most famous. He has illustrated text stories for Donald Duck weekly, including Allard Schröder's series 'Het Dagboek van een Kat' ('The Diary of a Cat'), and wrote and illustrated the animal section 'Natuurtalenten' until the early 2010s. Co Loerakker was also an artist for Eppo/Wordt Vervolgd, with the strip in the 'Wondege Wegeld' section from 1985 to 1988.