Pieter De Poortere

Pieter De Poortere is a Flemish comic strip author, known to the general public mainly for the comic strips and the animation series “Boerke” (Dickie). His work combines cynical humour with an innocent graphic style.

De Poortere started his career in 2000 as a freelance illustrator and was first published in Humo and, later, in Focus Knack. Pieter de Poortere made his debut in 2001 with the album Boerke, which immediately won the prize for the best Dutch-language album of the year. The cynical humour and the innocent graphic style are De Poortere’s clear signature. 

Since then, several Boerke albums have appeared, the series has been translated into seven languages and the animation series, based on the books and produced by De Hofleveranciers, can be seen in more than 10 countries. The success of this first series led to a quick decision on a second season, to be aired in 2023.

The wordless comics of De Poortere have an international potential, as shown by the success of the permanent exhibition of his work in the Brussels Comic Book Museum. But there is also a lot of interest abroad in Boerke, where our amiable loser stumbles through life as Dickie. In 2011, for instance, a wall of Boerke designed by De Poortere was inaugurated in Paris and in 2019 he published the album Super Mickey, in the Mickey Mouse homage series published by Glénat. 

Pieter De Poortere has also created several children’s books over the past 20 years. For the Van Eyck Year, he created the book Lam for the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, in which he depicts the figures of the ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ in his native city of Ghent. 

Pieter De Poortere is chairman of the board of directors of the Belgian Comic Strip museum in Brussels.

Pieter de Poortere Online

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