Ben Westervoorde is an Amsterdam-based comic artist and illustrator. Born in Velsen, self-taught artist Westervoorde has been working as a freelance artist for clients like Malmberg, Standaard Uitgeverij and Vanin Uitgeverij since 1994. His first published comic stories appeared in alternative magazines like Coyote (1983), Posse (1994) and Incognito (1994). He first came to notice with 'De Muziekbuurters', a comic that he made for Taptoe from 1994 to 2004, first with Hanco Kolk and later with Evert Geradts. The comic was then continued in Flo until 2006. He has worked at Studio De Wittenkade, the art studio of Hanco Kolk and Peter de Wit, and he has also contributed the mini comic 'Cover' to their Pincet collection.
He has subsequently drawn 'Siglo XXV' for National Geographic Junior (2004-06), 'Benny's Brein' for PLAY (2010), 'Familie Rekels & Co' for Rekels (2010-13), as well as several comics for trade journals, such as the gag strip 'Conny & John' for Connexxion Magazine (2009-11). He he has also contributed several short stories to Zone 5300, MYX and Eppo.
'Yvonne de Amazone', a funny strip about a girl who talks with her horse, first appeared in PaardenSport (2012-13), then in Tina (2015), and also in book format by Strip2000. He has worked with writer Jan-Willem de Vries on a comics biography of Dutch popular singer André Hazes (1951-2004), of which the first volume was published by Silvester Strips in November 2016. Westervoorde has furthermore made illustrations, including for several English children's books while living in South Africa for a couple of years. He is additionally a live cartoonist and gives comics workshops.
Yvonne de Amazone