Loenies by Ernst van Veenendaal
Loenies (De Waarheid, 4 April 1985)

Ernst van Veenendaal is a Dutch graphic designer, who made comic strips for small press magazines and newspapers De Waarheid and Het Vrije Volk in ththe 1980s. He was in his late teens when he self-published six issues of the amateur comics magazine TNT (1983-1984) with Bob Timman. Among the contributors were Cor Beekmans, Jean-Pierre Coumans, Johan Dorpmanns, Dirk A. Duyn, Guido de Groot (Kito), Eric Heuvel, Michiel Hogenboom, Bauke Klomp, Bart van der Kraan, Caryl Strzelecki, Tofani, Bert Wagendorp and Herwin Walravens. Van Veenendaal was also present in other small press magazines, such as Strip Nieuws, with the comic strip 'Burgerman'. Through Walravens he got in touch with Marc de Boer, who self-published Baal. Van Veenendaal, De Boer and Walravens teamed up and formed the collective Comic Collectief in Amsterdam. Ernst van Veenendaal, who was a student of the Vrije Academie from 1983 to 1985, was already drawing for the children's page of the Communist newspaper De Waarheid. He brought his friends along to fill the paper's comics section in the period 1984-1985. The trio was clearly not influenced by mainstream newspaper comics, but more by the anarchistic tone of underground comix. Peter Pontiac was an inspiration, and Van Veenendaal had also showed his work to Toon van Driel as a kid.


Tater de Kater (De Waarheid, 10 June 1985)

'Supernutz', a joint effort of Van Veenendaal and De Boer about a clumsy superhero, appeared sporadically in the paper in October and November 1984. From November 1984 onwards, the Collectief team gradually replaced De Waarheid's more experienced comics artists Hein de Kort ('Korte Grappen'), Wim Stevenhagen ('Han & Hanneke') and Eric Schreurs ('Retep'). Van Veenendaal himself was responsible for the strips about the witty 'Thijs Anijs' (6 November through 31 December 1984), the absurd strip 'Loenies' (2 April through 3 June 1985), and 'Tater de Kater' (4 through 28 June 1985), which was a more agressive version of Jim Davis' 'Garfield'. The latter was mostly made in cooperation with Marc de Boer, who also provided his own strip 'Ranonkel Verbogge' (3 January through 1 April 1985) and wrote 'Krent' (3 January through 1 April 1985) for Alfred Bryan. Walravens provided 'Red Cat' (2 April through 18 May 1985) under the pen name Herrie. Most of the other newcomers were also former contributors to TNT, Baal and Remco de Korte's Rats, such as Tosti ('De Buren', 6 November 1984 through 30 May 1985), De Korte ('Rats', 3 January through 1 April 1985), Gerrit Geitenoog ('Ondermaten', 4 April through 23 May 1985), Kerst Brouwer ('Het lot(h) van Jonas', 31 May through 29 June 1985) and a certain René ('Los Cocos', 30 May through 26 June 1985). De Waarheid dropped its comics section in mid 1985. A farewell strip by Ernst van Veenendaal and Marc de Boer appeared on 1 July 1985.

Thijs Anijs by Ernst van Veenendaal
Thijs Anijs (De Waarheid, 6 November 1984)

The Comic Collectief also self-published a parody of Donald Duck weekly called 'Bad Duck' in 1985. Van Veenendaal self-published small-press book collections of Walravens' 'Go-Go and Red Cat' (1983), his own strip 'Tater de Kater' (1984) and of Tosti's 'De Buren' (1984). With Marc de Boer and Alfred Bryan he furthermore attempted to make an animated film with the character 'Tater de Kater'. Between 13 November 1986 and 30 April 1988 he also provided the weekly comic strip 'Onwystrip' to the youth section Onwijs of the socialist newspaper Het Vrije Volk. Since the late 1980s, Ernst van Veenendaal has been working as a graphic designer, industrial designer and art director for advertising studios like Studio Arthur van der Veer, Rijnen Reklame, O.K.S., Straight Communications, RRC, HCP Creative Communication & Marketing, Zuurstof Marketing en Communicatie and from 2015 through his own firm Ernst van Veenendaal Concept & Creatie in Haarlem. He is also active as a musician.

Onwystrip by Ernst van Veenendaal
Onwystrip (Het Vrije Volk, 27 November 1986)

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