Boot en Van Dijk by Kees SparreboomBoot en Van Dijk by Kees Sparreboom
Boot & Van Dijk #15: Koningin van de Nacht

Kees Sparreboom is a Dutch portrait painter and cartoonist, who later became a comic artist. He began his career at age 15 as a painter of advertisements for movie theaters for the Rotterdam-based atelier of Leo Mineur. It wasn't until after his retiring from his work as a commercial artist that he fully devoted himself to comics. Earlier, he already made a strip called 'Sparreboompjes' for the annual Sparreboom family magazine. To gain a wider audience, he renamed it to 'Puberaaltjes', and got it published by Phoenix Uitgevers in 1999.

Fifi's Favorieten by Kees Sparreboom

His best-known series is 'Boot & Van Dijk', a satirical tribute to the classic 1940s 'Dick Bos' comics by Alfred Mazure. Several books have appeared in pocket format since 2004. He has chronicled his experiences with Leo Mineur in the book 'Rotterdamse bioscoopschilders in de jaren '50' (2002). He has also made comics with a more serious theme, such as 'Roy's Geheim' (2009), about cremation in in commission of the Koninklijke Facultatieve, and 'Mamma Care' (2007), about breast cancer.

Boot & Van Dijk by Kees SparreboomBoot & Van Dijk by Kees Sparreboom
Boot & Van Dijk 7 - Misvattingen

Furthermore, he makes the 'LogeLichten' comic for the freemason's magazine Ken Uzelve. A book collection was published by the publisher De Steensplinter, that also released his book about his father's crisis and war years, called 'Een Rotterdammer in oorlogstijd'. For MovieScene, he has made such (online) comics as 'Jan & Mien Popcorn' and 'Fifi's Favorieten'. His largely autobiographical graphic novel 'Tristesse' was published by FortMedia in 2015. Earlier works, such as the chronicles 'Nessun Dorma' and 'Simon & Betty', also seem to contain autobiographical elements.

Tristesse by Kees Sparreboom

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