Eddy Ryssack was a Flemish comic artist and animator, born in Borgerhout. He worked at an insurance firm before becomming an illustrator for the Dupuis magazine Humo in 1953. Four years later, he created the comic 'Kapitein Matthias', based on the Flemish TV serial 'Schipper Naast Mathilde', with Johan Anthierens for the same magazine. During that same period, he was employed by Maurice Rosy's art studios of the publishing house Dupuis, where he worked alongside Arthur Piroton, Jamic and Salvé.
He was founder and head of the animation department TVA Dupuis in Brussels in 1959, that also employed Francis Bertrand, Vivian Miessen, Jean Delire and cameraman Raoul Cauvin, among other people. Ryssack worked as a director on three classics, 'Teeth is Money' (1962), 'Le crocodile Majuscule' (1964) and 'Cinemaman' (1966), and also on 'Mr Magoo' films and the first installments of the famous 'The Smurfs' serial.
From 1959, Ryssack also published his first comic stories in the publisher's magazine Spirou. He made several mini-books in cooperation with Maurice Rosy (the '1127' series), Devos, De Gieter and Yvan Delporte, as well as a series of short stories. In 1960, he created his first continuing story in cooperation with a certain M. Finas, starring the character 'Patrick Lourpidon'. In 1968-1969 followed 'Arthur & Léopold', a gag series about two flees (and one of the first writing credits of Raoul Cauvin).
He left the animation studios in 1968 to become chief of staff at Dupuis, but decided to focus on his career as a freelance comic artist in 1970. He created the pirate comic 'Brammetje Bram' for the Dutch magazine Sjors from 1970. This series was also published in France as 'Les aventures de Brieuc Briand', and later 'Colin Colas'. When Sjors merged with Pep to form Eppo in 1975, 'Brammetje Bram' was transferred to the German magazines Zack and Super Zack, where it appeared under the title 'Pittje Pit'. The strip also reappeared in Holland when a Dutch equivalent, called Wham!, was launched in 1979-1980. The scripts of 'Brammetje Bram' were written by Yvan Delporte, Noiret, Bakker, Frans Buissink, Alexander (Gerd Von Hassler), Piet-Hein Broenland or Ryssack himself.
Ryssack also continued to work for Dutch publisher Oberon, however, and created 'Opa' for Eppo, about the restless life in a retirement home, in December 1975. In addition, he published 'Les Schmouks' in Tintin in 1976, gave his sarcastic view on current affairs in the Belgian edition of Pilote in 1972-1973, and worked with Jean-Pol on 'Annie en Peter'. One of his final comics was 'César et Rigobert' in commission of Bio-Tex detergents in 1982. He then focused on commercial artwork and graphic design, including several engravings and architectural designs.
Eddy Ryssack was the first president of the guild of Flemish comic artists in the early 1970s and one of the founders of the Belgian Comics Museum in Brussels. He had to retire from his activities in 1994 because of health reasons, and passed away on 8 January 2004.