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 - 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 'Ambiorix' for Het Belang van Limburg.
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 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.
Valentinus - 't Heilig Paterke