Nino - De Prinses van Manhattan (Lombard, 1992)
Dirk Stallaert is a real chameleon in the comics world. Able to draw in several styles, he has assisted artists like Jean-Pol ('Kramikske', 'Sammy'), Marc Sleen ('Nero'), Merho ('Kiekeboe') and Luc Morjeau of Studio Vandersteen ('Suske en Wiske'). After his school years, he had several odd jobs, including buss driver and civil servant on a ministry, until his turned to an artistic profession.
He published his first cartoons in the political magazine Knack (1975) and in Kuifje (1977). In 1981-82 he made his first comic for Knack, 'Ridder Digest', which was strongly inspired by the style of the Dutch newspaper comic 'Pa Pinkelman' by Godfried Bomans and Carol Voges.
De Avonturen van Kitty
Stallaert's next comic came in 1983, when the made the American superhero-spoof 'Waspman' for the satirical magazine De Zwijger. Shortly afterwards he became the assistant of Jean-Pol on the series 'Kramikske' for a period of ten years. In addition, he worked with scriptwriter Patrick Vermeiren on the newspaper comics 'De Strangers' (1985), about the Flemish musical group of the same name, and 'Kitty' (1986-1991), which were published in Gazet van Antwerpen.
In the early 1990s he cooperated with Hec Leemans on the comic about the little orphan 'Nino', which he drew in a Clear Line style. In addition he produced a strip about Flemish entertainer Eddy Wally for the weekly Dag Allemaal. From 1992 to 2002 he was mainly active as the assistant of Marc Sleen, drawing 'Nero' for among others Het Volk and De Standaard.
Mieleke Melleke Mol #4 (Standaard, 2007)
During this period, he also produced 'Het Geheim van de Kousenband' (also known as 'De Strip van 7'). In 1995, he won the Bronzen Adhemar, the official Flemish Community Cultural Prize for Comics.
Since 2002 he works with scriptwriter Erik Meynen on several short stories for UNIZO and De Standaard, as well as the montly riddle comic 'Pakkeman & Poulet' in the civil servant magazine Fedra.
Pakkeman & Poulet
From 2003 to 2006, he worked as an artist on Merho's 'Kiekeboe' series. After that, he joined Studio Vandersteen, where his main occupation are the 'Suske en Wiske' stories for the Dutch magazine Troskompas. In 2004, Stallaert launched the funny series 'Mieleke Melleke Mol' and 'Plankgas en Plastronneke' with the Flemish comedian Urbanus. These series are now combined in the series 'Urbanus vertelt'. Stallaert is assisted on his own comics by the inkers Jeroen Bullaert and Jos Vanspauwen.
Plankgas en Plastronneke (Urbanus Vertelt #2, 2009)