'Merel' (Suske en Wiske Weekblad #40, 1994)

Katrien van Schuylenbergh is a Belgian children's book writer, graphic designer and illustrator. Her designs for the theme parks of the Flemish children's TV production company Studio 100 are recognizable to many. Early in her career Van Schuylenbergh had a comics series, 'Oh Dierbaar Vlaanderen...' (1984-1986) which ran in the student magazine Veto. Its scriptwriter was Pascal Lefèvre, future author of many essays and books about Belgian comics. In the mid 1990s, Van Schuylenbergh made another comic for Suske en Wiske Weekblad, 'Merel' (1994-1995).

Early life and influences
Katrien van Schuylenbergh was born in 1963 in Aalst, East-Flanders, Belgium. She studied Functional Graphic Art at the Sint-Lucas School of Arts in Ghent. Among her graphic influences and favorite artists are Walt Disney, Hergé, Joost Swarte, Ever Meulen, Claire Bretécher, Art Spiegelman, Anne Keenan Higgins, Fiep Westendorp, Jacques Tardi, Olga Demidova, Rasaoul Azadani, Randall Casaer, Júlia Mesquita, Joris Vermassen, Tom Schamp, Jeroom, Kim Duchateau, Pieter de Poortere, Robert McGinnis, Stedho, Benjamin Lacombe, Terry Runyan, Eva Mouton and Massimiliano di Lauro.


'Oh Dierbaar Vlaanderen...' (Veto, 31 January 1985)

Comics career
Between 1984 and 1986 Van Schuylenbergh was part of the editorial board of the student magazine Veto, which is published in Leuven for the students of the local university. She drew cartoons and comics for each issue. Her longest-running series was 'O Dierbaar Vlaanderen...' (translation: 'O Dear Flanders...'), a humoristic comic strip which appeared in weekly episodes. The script was written by fellow editor Pascal Lefèvre. Another artist who published in Veto around the same time was Evert Dierickx.

In 1988 she was one of the winning participators in a comics contest organized by "De Bond van Grote en van Jonge Gezinnen". Her comic strip, 'Strip kan de klere krijgen', earned her 30,000 Belgian Francs provided by the Generale Bank, and a publication, albeit very small, in the seasonal 1989 'Suske en Wiske' family book. In 1994 and 1995 she furthermore published three short stories about 'Merel', a girl devoted to the protection of animals, in Suske en Wiske Weekblad.


'Merel' (Suske en Wiske Weekblad #14, 1995)

Later career
In 1988 Van Schuylenbergh illustrated the cover of the 7 inch single 'Droi Daugen' (1988) by the band D'lekenaaten Lekoeirekes. Two years later she became a teacher in graphic arts and illustration at the Sint-Lucas School of Arts in Ghent. Van Schuylenbergh is proprietor of a graphic and printing agency. She furthermore designed the Poetry poster for the literary festival Literaturelure on 27 January 2011, organized by the Aalsters Literair Bon(t)genootschap. The poster depicts a poem by Frank Pollet. She also designed artwork for the Studio 100 theme parks in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Children's book illustrator
General audiences are perhaps most familiar with Van Schuylenbergh as a children's book illustrator. She specializes in illustrating books for toddlers who are only just learning to read. Among her books have been titles such as Bart Demyttenaere's 'Toon Is Moe' (2002), Dirk Nielandt's 'Prinses Binnen Rent Naar Buiten' (2003), Saskia Reusens' 'De Wolkjesfabriek' (2002), Lies van Langenhoven's 'Het Rare Zakje' (2012), Inge Misschaert's 'Het Geheim van Lies' (2013), Gertrud Jetten's 'Jip de Mus' (2016), Wim Kets' 'Dans en Zwans Mee! 15 Nieuwe, Gekke Songs' (2016), Isabel Versteeg's 'Letterboek' en 'Telboek' (2017), Annemarie Bon's 'Pas Op Sis' (2018) en 'Ik Eet Je Op!' (2018), Marian van Gog's 'Klein Als Een Muis' and Marianne Witte's 'Poes Moos' series.

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