Mike Hermans, who publishes under the name Maaik, was born in Antwerp. He studied architecture at the Henry van de Velde Institute in Antwerp, where he graduated in 1997. During his studies, he developed an interest in cartooning. Besides making cartoons about current affairs for papers, magazines or corporations, he also created the comic strips 'Gebroken Veer'and 'arch.Maaik' about the daily life of architect Archibald. The latter is published worldwide in architecture media.