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

Bas Schuddeboom is a Dutch comic editor, translator and writer for the children's magazines published by Sanoma (and since 2020 DPG Media) in the Netherlands, including the Dutch Disney magazines and girls' magazine Tina. He is also the editor of the online Comiclopedia of comics shop Lambiek in Amsterdam since 2001. As a comic writer he wrote several stories with Donald Duck and other Disney characters for Donald Duck magazine. He furthermore scribbled scripts for 'Professor Breinstein' (drawn by Dany FernándezSònia Albert and Andrea Dotta, 2013) in the popular science monthly Zo Zit Dat, as well as 'Karlijn, Catootje en de Ouders' (drawn by Josep Nebot), 'Tina' (Studio Comicup), 'Nick & Simon' (Carmen Pérez and Rafa Ruiz, 2010-2013) and 'Nena's Vlog' (Dorith Graef, 2019) for Tina. With Esther Holtkamp, he makes the gag strip 'Krijn Zwaan' (2018- ) for vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan as "Studio Blokbik".

Early life
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 comic magazine Robbedoes (Spirou). The work of Spirou authors André Franquin, Peyo, Will, Tome, Janry, Maurice Tillieux and Raoul Cauvin is rooted in his work. Another important part of his "comics education" was the Teleac TV course 'Strip & Cartoon Tekenen' (1992), hosted by Peter de Wit and Hanco Kolk, as well as the accompanying guidebook by Jesse van Muylwijck and Frans Le Roux.The Dutch satirical duo Van Kooten & De Bie, comedian Herman Finkers, poet Drs. P and British comedy group Monty Python are other influences on his humor. As a teenager, he was the illustrator of his high school newspaper, signing them with "Moi" because of his preference for Franco-Belgian comics. He also made drawings for the homeowners' magazine of holiday parc Sunclass Grand-Han, near Durbuy in the Belgian Ardennes (1996-2005), where his father owned a bungalow. During his studies in Media and Information Management at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (1999-2003), Bas Schuddeboom was a student intern at subsequently Amsterdam-based comic shop Lambiek (2001) and the editorial offices of the Dutch Donald Duck weekly at Sanoma in Hoofddorp (2002). He has remained affiliated to both since then.

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.

Donald Duck
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 spoof 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 (visually based on 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).

Disney comic editor and writer
In 2012 Bas Schuddeboom was succeeded as web editor by Esther Holtkamp, and was appointed as general comic editor, since girls magazine Tina had been added to the department's portfolio. He from then on 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 several comics for B2B purposes, including 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.

Tina comic editor and writer
Since 2013, Bas Schuddeboom gathers the comic material for girls' magazine Tina. 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 original authors, which over the years have included Gerard Leever, Jan Vriends, Patty Klein, Jan Steeman, Lucas Steeman, René Bergmans, Robbert Damen and Marloes de Vries. Schuddeboom had been involved with the magazine as a scriptwriter since 2010, writing celebrity 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 Studio 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).

Since 2013, Bas Schuddeboom has written a great many scripts with Tina's mascot character 'Tina'. 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 (2013-2018), the latter drawn by Wilma van den Bosch. Since 2017 Jan Vriends has returned as the series' sole writer and artist. In 2018 Bas Schuddeboom developed the concept for a comic about an aspiring but goofing vlogger girl, which resulted in the monthly page 'Nena's Vlog' (2019- ), drawn by Dorith Graef and written by Schuddeboom.

Zo Zit Dat
Bas Schuddeboom was 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 Comicup's Dany Fernandez, Sonia Álbert and Andrea Dotta. Since 2018 full production of the comic has been handed to subsequently Roel Venderbosch and then Jordi Peters, with Schuddeboom providing occasional advise and plot ideas.

Scripts for 'Professor Breinstein'.

Studio Blokbik
Since 2017 Bas Schuddeboom and former Donald Duck web editor Esther Holtkamp have continued to work together on comic strip projects under the Studio Blokbik banner (a name deriven from the Whatsapp chatgroup of the Disney editors). Their first joint creation is 'Krijn Zwaan' (2018- ), a comic strip for Intermezzo, the staff magazine of vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan. In late 2019 they began working on a similar series of comic strips for the Dutch Royal Library (KB), called 'Karel en Bea'.

Krijn Zwaan by Studio Blokbik
The first episode of Krijn Zwaan'. Translation: Narrator: "It's good to be alert to suspicious mail..." Messages: "Krijn, can you mail me the list of orders? - Jaap." / "The notes are added as a PDF in the attachment. - Bas" / "Look at the results of the illness test. - Marjan."  Krijn: "HA! YOU WON'T FOOL ME WITH YOUR PHISHING MAIL!" Narrator: "... but don't exaggerate it!" Mole: "Does Krijn still work here?" Bird: "I don't know. I never hear from him anymore..."

Lambiek Comiclopedia
As editor of the Lambiek Comiclopedia, he has written thousands of biographies about comic artists from all over the world since 2001. The project was launched by Kees Kousemaker in late 1999 on the website of his Amsterdam-based comics shop. Since then, the encyclopedia has been steadily growing into one of the largest online resources about comic authors. Kees' initial goal was to make an online sample sheet of the 2,000 most important comic authors worldwide, accompanied by a short biography. This amount was quickly surpassed, with the 14.000th entry added in December 2020. 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 comic author, he began writing most content for 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.

Bas Schuddeboom
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 started to scan large amounts of sample images for the website. Sadly, Kees passed away in 2010. With the support of Lambiek's current owner, 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, 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 the artists themselves, or relatives of obscure comic 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 editors have been building on a qualitative improvement of the website, with more extensive and analytical biographies. California-based proofreader Dan Schiff from the Comiclopedia's early years, is back on the team since May 2020. On the technical part, the site has become more future proof as well. While the original blue design (1999-2012) was built in pure html code 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.

Although Schuddeboom has a wide variety of interests, he specializes in Franco-Belgian comic artists (especially those working for Dupuis/Spirou), cartoonists working for Disney and Dutch comic authors. Much like his writing partner Kjell, he also has a fondness for peculiarities and comics from unexpected corners of the Earth. 

Margreet de Heer, Bas Schuddeboom and Willard Mans trying to define what a graphic novel is, drawn by Margreet de Heer. From the introduction to 'Graphic Novels voor de Leeslijst' (Personalia, 2018).

Magazine articles and other projects
In 2018, Bas Schuddeboom worked with Margreet de Heer and Willard Mans on a graphic novel guide for high school reading lists. It was part of De Heer's mission as "Comics Laureate of the Netherlands" to promote comics in the educational system. The team compiled a follow-up with newly released graphic novels at the end of Margreet's term in late 2020. With his keen interest in history and archiving, Schuddeboom digitized press clippings, video footage and photographs from the archives of the magazines Donald Duck and Tina, as well as comic shop Lambiek. This came in handy in 2018,  when Schuddeboom was actively involved in the festivities regarding Lambiek's 50th anniversary. Together with Boris Kousemaker and Cyril Koopmeiners, he compiled a book with artwork related to the store, and with Kjell Knudde he delved into the store's renowned history. The result of their research was an extensive chronicle of 50 years of Lambiek, published on this website. Over the years, Bas has written articles related to either Disney or Lambiek for Donald Duck anniversary books or special interest magazines like Stripglossy, Stripnieuws, Ons Amsterdam and Praxisbulletin, a specialist journal for teachers.

On 2 October 2020, Kjell Knudde and Bas Schuddeboom received the P. Hans Frankfurther Prize for special merits by Het Stripschap. They were praised for their ongoing efforts to keep Lambiek's Comiclopedia alive and up-to-date, while the driving forces of the site's early years (Kees Kousemaker and Margreet de Heer) were also not forgotten. Even though the award was announced in February, it took until October before the ceremony was held due to the COVID-19 pandemic measurements. The event took place in a stately hall of the Haarlem library, and was presented by the Comics Laureate of the Netherlands, Margreet de Heer.

Bas Schuddeboom and Kjell Knudde receive the 2020 P. Hans Frankfurther Prize on 2 October 2020 (from left to right: Margreet de Heer, Bas Schuddeboom, Kjell Knudde and Tamar Frankfurther, who handed out the award as representative of the Frankfurther family).

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