Simon Spruyt

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Guest of Honour 2016

Simon Spruyt

1978, Mechelen
Cartoonist. Illustrator. Loves tongue-in-cheek comments.

Simon Spruyt studied English and Dutch Language and Literature at the KU in Louvain, followed by an art programme at the Luca School of Arts in Brussels. He made his debut in 2006 with the royal parody De Bamburgers, a comic strip series for young people in which he collaborated with Fritz Van den Heuvel. In 2008, he won the comics competition held by Knack Focus, an important Flemish weekly, allowing him to write a short story for the publication every week for a year. Reworking these stories, he created the comic S.G.F., a fictitious, hilarious biography of the ‘world-famous Belgian author and publisher, S.G.F. Spruyt’. The book was awarded the Stripvos prize for the best Dutch language comic book of 2011, and meant his international breakthrough. His most recent strip, Junker (2014), has garnered a great deal of praise both in Belgium and abroad, and has already been translated into German and French. Simon Spruyt also received the Willy Vandersteen Prize for Junker for best Dutch comic book.

On his blog, Simon Spruyt refers to himself as a ‘Belgian Comics Engineer’.

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