Barbara Stok was born in Groningen in 1970, and began her career as a journalist/reporter for the regional press. Since her student days, she has made drawings for the Groningen pop-cultural centre Vera. Inspired by independent comics like Joe Matt's 'Peepshow', she started making comics.
Je geld of je leven
Barbara started self-publishing her open-hearted autobiographical 'Barbaraal' comix in 1996. In November, 1998, Barbara was in virtually all Dutch media when her comic book anthology 'Barbaraal Tot Op Het Bot' was published in traditional book format by the literary editor Nijgh & Van Ditmar. Since then, the publisher has released more collections, such as 'Je Geld of je Leven' (2003), 'Nu we hier toch zijn' (2005) and 'Dan maak je maar zin' (2009).
Her early comics mostly dealt with loud music, sex and drunkenness, but later on she used other themes like burnout, capitalism and fear of death. In 2012, Nijgh & Van Ditmar published her comic about Vincent van Gogh's life in the south of France, called 'Vincent'.
Now a fulltime cartoonist and comic artist, she has done assignments for the VPRO, HP De Tijd, Rabobank and Algemeen Dagblad. Barbara also did a monthly one-page comic in the trendy young girl magazine, One. She makes a weekly comic for NRC and is a drummer in the band De Straaljagers, and she has chronicled her experiences on tour in Spain in her comic book 'Op tour door Spanje' in 2007. Together with Maaike Hartjes and Gerrie Hondius she forms the core of the so-called Dutch female comic scene. She won the Stripschapsprijs in 2009.