Michiel van de Pol graduated from the Art Academy in Tilburg in 1989. In the following years, he received several grants to develop his sculptural work, which was shown at various exhibitions. In 1996, he started the comic 'Mol' for the magazine Sjosji. He also wrote a few comic scenarios for this magazine.
His most personal comic work, however, was the drawn diary he kept from the moment his first son was born, in 1996. He self-published it originally with the title 'Opgedrongen Boekie', but later renamed it 'Medicijnman' (Michiel's day job is delivering medicine). In August 2000, this comic was released at publisher de Prom/de Fontein, with the title 'Medicijnman of: het Getekende Leven van Michiel van de Pol'.
ECHT Michiel (NRC Next, 17-10-2006)
In 2006, he won the Comics Contest held by the Amsterdam daily Het Parool, with his autobiographical comic, by now known as 'Cartoondiarree'. It was published in this paper for two years. Further autobiographical stories by Van de Pol were published in NRCNext and Eisner, and have been collected in several (self-published) books. He has also done illustration work for NRC, Quest, HP/De Tijd and commercial clients. In 2010 Oog & Blik published his first autobiographical graphic novel 'Terug naar Johan'. He makes a weekly cartoon for Nieuwe Revu since 2012.