'Floris van Dondermonde' (pencils by Ottenheijm, ink by Polman).

Wilfred Ottenheijm is a Dutch animator and comic artist from Nijmegen. He generally works in cooperation with the Amsterdam-based artist Remco Polman, with whom he runs the animation studios Mooves. The duo also writes and draws the humor comic 'Floris van Dondermonde', and writes for comics like 'Dirkjan' and 'Donald Duck'.

Ottenheijm was born in Helmond in 1967, and grew up reading comics like 'Suske en Wiske' by Willy Vandersteen, 'Astérix' by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, 'Spirou et Fantasio' by André Franquin, and the comics published in Eppo magazine. He has also expressed his admiration for graphic novelists like Art Spiegelman, Craig Thompson and Frank Miller. Ottenheijm studied Communication Sciences at the University of Nijmegen. In the early 1990s, he was founding member of the collective Studio Iris, and a contributor to their small-press magazine (1991-1997) of the same name. The Iris members Wilfred Ottenheijm, Remco Polman, Paul Hoogma and Marc Middelhuis also started writing scripts for magazines like Sjors & Sjimmie Stripblad and Donald Duck around this time. In 1999 Ottenheijm, Polman and Jantiene de Kroon founded the animation/cartoon studio Mooves with Polman, through which he directed short animated films like 'Het Elixer' (2008) and 'Dirkjan Heerst!' (2010). Both starred Mark Retera's comic character 'Dirkjan'.

Agent 327 (Eppo #10, 2017). Pencils by Ottenheijm, inks by Polman.

Since 2003, Ottenheijm and Polman are part of the "Mark Retera Ensemble", a collective of artists assisting Retera on writing and drawing the hilarious gag strip 'Dirkjan'. Other contributors are Mark Schilders and Herman Roozen. They launched their own humor comic about the medieval knight 'Floris van Dondermonde' in Eppo magazine in 2012. The strip is a spoof on the popular 1960s TV series about Floris van Rozemondt by Paul Verhoeven and Gerard Soeteman, starring Rutger Hauer. (A more faithful comic adaptation of the series was made by Gerrit Stapel between 1972 and 1976.) The first album of Polman and Ottenheijm's comic was awarded a Stripschap Medal for "Album of the Year" during the Dutch Comics Days in 2015. The duo has created a short story with Martin Lodewijk's secret agent 'Agent 327' for Eppo in 2017, and continues to regularly write stories with Disney characters for Donald Duck weekly.

In 2020 he joined 75 Dutch & Flemish comic artists to make a graphic contribution to the free collective comic book ‘Striphelden versus Corona’ (Oogachtend, Uitgeverij L, 2020). The book is intended to support comics stores who had to close their doors for two months during the lockdown at the height of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. 

The "Mark Retera Ensemble": Mark Retera, Remco Polman, Mark Schilders, Wilfred Ottenheijm.


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