Kim, by Swerst & Vanas

Wim Swerts is a Flemish comics artist, known for his comics versions of Belgian TV shows and stars, which he makes together with Luc van Asten. Swerts was born in Tongeren and studied arts in Hasselt from 1984 to 1990. He began his career doing merchandise illustration for the popular TV show 'Samson en Gert' in 1990. Shortly afterwards, he made a series of comics based on the show, together with Jean-Pol.

W817 by Wim Swerts
W817 - Hello Goodbye (2011)

In 1997, he set up Lighthouse Productions with fellow artist Luc van Asten (Vanas), who already did the coloring of Swerts' earlier work. Swerts and Vanas cooperated on several TV related products, like new 'Samson & Gert' stories and reading books with 'Kabouter Plop' and 'Piet Piraat'. In 2000, Swerts and Vanas, together with scriptwriter Hec Leemans, made the newspaper comic 'Ambionix' for Het Belang van Limburg. The deliberately misspelled name refers to the Celtic chieftain Ambiorix who is a national hero in Belgian history for standing up against Julius Caesar's troops. Ambiorix inspired other Belgian comic books before, namely Willy Vandersteen's 'Lambiorix' (1948), Jef Nys' 'Jommeke' story 'Het Geheim van Ambiorix' (1985) and he also has a guest role in Paul Geerts' 'Suske en Wiske' story 'De Krimson Crisis' (1988). 

The team continued to work with Leemans on a comic series based on the TV show 'W817' (2003-2011), the comic adventures of tennis player Kim Clijsters (2004), and the 'F.C. De Kampioenen' spin-off 'Vertongen & Co' (since 2011). Between 2006 and 2009, they began a new series with writer Tom Bouden, 'En Daarmee Basta!', another comic based on a  Ketnet TV show.  In 2005 he made a graphic contribution to 'Suske en Wiske 60 Jaar!' (2005), which paid homage to Willy Vandersteen's 'Suske en Wiske'. He and Vanas also paid tribute to Pom in the collective comic books 'Kroepie en Boelie Boemboem. Avontuur in de 21ste Eeuw' (2010) - of which the profits went to the Kinderkankerfonds to support children with cancer - and 'Op Het Spoor van Pom' (2011). 

 In 2010, Swerts was the artist of 'Valentinus - 't Heilig Paterke', a comic written by Geert De Sutter for the Friars Minor of Hasselt during the Virga Jesse celebrations of 2010.

't Paterke by Wim Swerts
Valentinus - 't Heilig Paterke

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