Donald Duck door Bas Schuddeboom
Fragment from one of the gags with crooked car salesman Jan Zwijner (Donald Duck Autospecial, artwork by Jordi Alfonso) - © Disney

Bas Schuddeboom is a Dutch comics editor, translator and writer for the children's magazines of Sanoma in the Netherlands, including the Dutch Disney magazines, girls' magazine Tina and the popular science monthly Zo Zit Dat. He is also the editor of the online Comiclopedia of comics shop Lambiek in Amsterdam since 2001.

Schuddeboom was born in 1980 in Zaandam, where he still lives. He grew up reading and collecting the comics published by Dupuis, the publisher of comics magazine Robbedoes (Spirou). The work of Spirou authors André Franquin, Peyo, Will, Tome, Janry and Raoul Cauvin is rooted in his work. Also, the Dutch satirical duo Van Kooten & De Bie, comedian Herman Finkers, poet Drs. P and British comedy group Monty Python are influences on his humor. He was the regular illustrator of his high school newspaper, and also for the homeowners' magazine of bungalow parc Sunclass Grand-Han near Durbuy in the Belgian Ardennes (1996-2005).

Donald Duck door Bas Schuddeboom
Party store owner Ome Dries was created by Bas Schuddeboom for, and he has later appeared in several comics stories (( #6, 2011, artwork by Maximino Tortajada Aguilar) - © Disney

During his studies in Media and Information Management from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (1999-2003), Bas Schuddeboom was an apprentice at Amsterdam-based comics shop Lambiek (2001) and the editorial offices of the Dutch Donald Duck weekly at Sanoma in Hoofddorp (2002). He has remained loyal to both since then. He was the original web editor of Donald Duck's official website in the Netherlands,, from 2004 to 2012. During this period, he was responsible for all online activities related to Donald Duck weekly. This included translating the humor and atmosphere of the Disney weekly to online purposes. With editor Jim van der Weele, he conceived a great many phoney advertisements from Duckburg shops, TV guides, character diaries and news articles related to the Duckburg news of the day. Even new characters saw the light of day, such as party store owner Ome Dries (based on Carl Barks' "Pig Journalist"), electronics specialist Dirk Snoerboer (another Barks character), travel agent Isabelle Jambon (drawn by Jan-Roman Pikula) and bicycle store owner Peter van der Gaap (based on a former colleague, drawn by Pikula as well). With Van der Weele, Jos Beekman and Ferdi Felderhof, Schuddeboom participated in the Disney characters' Twitter conversations from February 2010 on. The initiative quickly gained a wide following, and got a lot of press coverage by Dutch media. It marked the launch of Donald Duck weekly's widely praised social media activities. Bas Schuddeboom and Jos Beekman were also involved in the concepts and development of the online typing course DuckTypen (launched in 2014) and the educational game world DuckWorld Adventures (launched in 2015).

The Donald Duck twitter team in 2011: Bas Schuddeboom, Ferdi Felderhof, Jos Beekman, Jim van der Weele (Het Parool, 19 March 2011, photo: Dingema Mol)

In 2012 Schuddeboom was succeeded as web editor by Esther Holtkamp, and was appointed as general comics editor, since girls magazine Tina had been added to the department's portfolio. He has since then served as editor and translator for all Sanoma's Disney-related magazines, including Donald Duck, Donald Duck Extra, Disney XD Magazine and Minnie & Katrien, but also for the non-Disney ones, like Tina and Nickelodeon Magazine. Ever since his apprenticeship, Schuddeboom had been writing comic stories for the Donald Duck weekly. Much of his training in scriptwriting came from editor-in-chief Thom Roep and senior editor Jos Beekman. His first effort was the activity comics story related to the weekly's 50th anniversary in 2002, in cooperation with Jim van der Weele and Jos Beekman. The artwork was provided by Maarten Janssens. He has continued to write an occasional comics story since then. His favorite characters are 'Madam Mim', 'Br'er Rabbit' and 'Basil from Baker Street', while he has also written stories with the Duck family.

Donald Duck - De Pechvogelkampioen (Donald Duck 48, 2014). Script by Bas Schuddeboom; Finished page by Mau Heymans - © Disney

The most notable was 'De Pechvogelkampioen' (2014) with artwork by fan favorite Mau Heymans, which was part of an online contest in which fans could participate in the story's progress. Schuddeboom has furthermore written a great many thematic gag strips for the magazine's mail section, very often in cooperation with Van der Weele. With the rest of the editorial team he was responsible for all the original scriptwork for Donald Duck Junior, the junior edition of the weekly. Schuddeboom and Beekman are also the writers of the Dutch stories with Donald's superhero alter ego 'The Duck Avenger' ('Superdonald') for Disney XD Magazine in 2010-2011, and for several comics for B2B purposes, including many TV parodies for TV guide Troskompas. Schuddeboom has furthermore written installments for the Mickey Mouse riddle comic 'Mickey Lost 't Op', either alone or in cooperation with Esther Holtkamp or Lotte Roep, with art by Michel Nadorp or Jan-Roman Pikula. Most of his scripts have been illustrated by artists affiliated by Studio Comicup, most notably his favorites Jordi Alfonso and Daniel Pérez.

Nick en Simon door Bas Schuddeboom
Fragment from a Nick & Simon comic from Tina 42 from 2012, with artwork by Rafa Ruiz

Since 2013 Bas Schuddeboom gathers the comics material for girls' magazine Tina in cooperation with creative director Joan Lommen. Besides original productions, this includes series licensed from French and Belgian publishers, for which Schuddeboom provides the translations. He is also the contact person for the magazine's authors, such as Gerard Leever, Jan Vriends, Patty Klein, Jan Steeman, Lucas Steeman, René Bergmans and Robbert Damen. Schuddeboom had been involved as a scriptwriter with the magazine since 2010, writing comic stories with Dutch folk singers Nick and Simon between 2010 and 2013 (artwork by Carmen Pérez and Rafa Ruiz), and scripts for the Tina production of Jan Kruis' 'Jan, Jans en de Kinderen' comic ('Karlijn, Catootje en de Ouders', drawn by Josep Nebot).

Tina-strip door Bas Schuddeboom
Fragment from a Tina strip for Tina 50 of 2015 (artwork by Carmen Pérez of Studio Comicup)

Bas Schuddeboom has furthermore written a great many scripts with Tina's mascot character 'Tina' since 2013. The characters and initial plots were conceived by Jan Vriends, while the artwork was outsourced to Studio Comicup in Barcelona, specifically Carmen Pérez and her son Ruben Montoya. Bas Schuddeboom has written many gags for the main series, but most notably for seasonal books, specials and the mail section's weekly comic/cartoon, the latter drawn by Wilma van den Bosch. Bas Schuddeboom is furthermore one of the main writers for 'Professor Breinstein' (2011), the back-cover comic strip of popular science magazine Zo Zit Dat, which was subsequently drawn by Dany Fernandez, Sonia Álbert and Andrea Dotta.

Scripts for Professor Breinstein

As editor of the Lambiek Comiclopedia, he has written thousands of biographies of comic artists from all around the world since 2001. The project was launched by Kees Kousemaker on the website of his Amsterdam-based comics shop in 1999. Since then, the encyclopedia has been steadily growing into one of the largest online resources about comics authors. Kees' initial goal was to make an online sample sheet of the 500 most important comics authors worldwide, accompanied by a short biography. This amount was quickly surpassed, with the 13.000th entry added in November 2015. During the first years of his association with Lambiek, Schuddeboom worked alongside fellow editor Margreet de Heer and a couple of interns. When De Heer decided to focus on a fulltime career as a comics author, he has been writing most of the website on his own. This not only includes the English-language biographies of international authors, but also additions and expansions of the Dutch-language section about the history of Dutch comics, which was largely compiled by Kousemaker and De Heer in the early 2000s.

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Bas Schuddeboom and Kees Kousemaker working on the Comiclopedia at Lambiek's storage location at the Utrechtse Dwarsstraat in 2004

Kees Kousemaker's involvement in the Comiclopedia intensified when he gradually retired from store activities in 2006, and began to scan large amounts of sample images for the website. Sadly, Kees passed away in 2010. With the support of Kees' son Boris Kousemaker, Bas Schuddeboom has continued to expand the Comiclopedia in its founder's spirit. This couldn't have been possible without the help of his many (inter)national contacts. Eduardo Urrutia provided many of the initial Spanish entries, while André Fournier from Québec has been a major resource for French-Canadian strips, Giancarlo Malagutti for the Italian ones, and Elihai Cnafo for the authors from North-Africa. Information about Bulgarian authors came from Stiliana Thepileva and most of the Hungarian entries were contributed by Ferenc Kiss and Szabolcs Kiss. From the Netherlands, Ger Apeldoorn, Dirk Arend, Ernst Slinger and Bert Meppelink have been important sources of information. Also artists themselves, or relatives of obscure comics authors from the past, have regularly contacted the editor. Bas Schuddeboom now manages the site in a steady collaboration with Kjell Knudde from Antwerp, Belgium. Knudde's involvement began in 2015 and since then the two men have been building on a qualitative improvement of the website, with more extensive and analytical biographies. Also on the technical part, the site has become more future proof. While the original blue design (1999-2012) was built in pure html by American expat Rick Webb, the entire backlog of thousands of authors was imported into a database and connected to the new webshop by web developer Dirk Zaal in cooperation with Schuddeboom in 2012.

Bas Schuddeboom in the Lambiek basement at Kerkstraat 132 (2012)

Inducks entry

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