Toen David zijn stem verloor by Judith Vanistendael
Toen David zijn stem verloor

Judith Vanistendael was born in Leuven, Belgium in 1974. After graduating from high school, she attended art school in Ghent and lived in Berlin for a year and took courses at the Hochschule der Kunsten. After returning to Belgium, she studied art sciences for four years, after which she did a postgraduate in Sevilla, Spain. She illustrated the children's book 'Vlaamse Sprookjes', that was written by her father Geert Vanistendael.

De maagd en de neger, by Judith Vanistendael
De maagd en de neger

In 2000, she moved to Brussels and enrolled at the Comic School of the Sint-Lukas School of Arts. She created several comics, among others for magazine Demo, and illustrated the book 'Het Koeienboek' by Bibi Dumontak. Her partially autobiographical graphic novel 'De Maagd en de Neger' ('Dance By the Light of the Moon') dealt with the author's relationship with a political refugee from Togo and was published by Oog & Blik in 2007. The second part was published in 2009.

This widely praised book was followed by 'Toen David zijn stem verloor' ('When David Lost His Voice'), a moving story about cancer and death, in 2012. Vanistendael's work has been translated in French and English. With her ground-breaking graphic novels, Vanistendael has been called the Belgian Posy Simmonds.

On 18 May 2009 a comic book mural designed by Vanistendael , 'Couleur Café', was inaugurated at the Place Saint-Josse / Sint-Joostplaats in the Rue Willems / Willemsstraat in Brussels, as part of the Brussels'  Comic Book Route. On 11 July 2011 Pieter De Poortere designed a comics mural in the Rue Euler in Paris, starring characters created by Judith Vanistendael, Brecht Evens, Olivier SchrauwenRandall Caesar and Jeroen Janssen to promote Flemish comic strips.  This was the first of its kind in France. Since 2016 Vanistendael is part of the editorial board of the Flemish comics information magazine Stripgids, together with comic artists Nix, Simon Spruyt and Marc Legendre, and journalists Karl van den Broeck and Roel Daenen.

Hanna, by Judith Vanistendael

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