Marcel Ruijters

Frankfurter Buchmesse
Guest of Honour 2016

Marcel Ruijters

Comic strip maker and illustrator.

Marcel Ruijters has been making comics since he was seven years old. He achieved popularity with his three strip albums about the Troglodytes, subterranean trolls, thus demonstrating his preference for dark and misshapen beings. Later he became internationally known for his work based on mediaeval art and tales. For example, his graphic novel Sine Qua Non (2005), inspired by mediaeval wood cuttings, was favourably received by the press. He also won the VPRO Award for Inferno (2008), and then in 2015 his graphic novel Hieronymus, about the painter Jheronimus Bosch appeared. Bosch and Ruijters are a dream combination because the strip maker has always allowed himself to be inspired by the graphical richness of the Middle Ages and because he is so fond of fantasy animals, demons and religious individuals and motives, just as Bosch was. In 2015 Ruijters won the Stripschap Prize, the most important award in the Dutch comic book world.


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Recently translated into German

Translated by Katrin Herzberg
Avant-Verlag, 2016
Original titel: Jheronimus (Lecturis, 2015)

The new graphic novel by Marcel Ruijters (winner Stripschapprijs 2015) focuses on the life and work of Jheronimus Bosch (ca. 1450-1516 ). A great prelude to the major Bosch exhibition in the Noordbrabants Museum Spring 2016.
It's a greater picture of one man and his great pictures.

John Lloyd, The Book Bag