Pieter De Poortere
He started his career in 2000 as a freelance illustrator, published first in “Humo” and later in “Focus Knack”, making his debut as a strip cartoonist in 2001 with the album “Boerke”, which immediately won the prize for the best Dutch-language album of the year.
Since then, several Boerke albums have appeared, and 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 ten countries. The success of the first series quickly led to the commissioning of a second season, aired in 2023.
The wordless comics of De Poortere have an international potential, as shown by the succes of the permanent exhibition of his work in the Brussels Comic Book Museum. There has been 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 made 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.
Recently, Pieter De Poortere joined the board of directors of the Belgian Comic Strip museum in Brussels as chairman.
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