Jeroen Janssen

Jeroen Janssen (1963) is comic artist, illustrator and colorist. After studying at the Saint-Luc Art Institute in Ghent, he began drawing comics while living and working as an art teacher in Nyundo, Rwanda, from 1990 to 1994. His first long comic story, Muzungu, Sluipend Gif in Rwanda, was published by Wonderland in Hasselt in 1997. This book about the civil war in Rwanda received the VSB-award during the Haarlem comics festival of in 1998.

Janssen made most of his following books with writer Pieter van Oudheusden, who was in the jury of the VSB Award. After the graphic novel Een Nachtegaal in de Stad (1999) and the story collection Klaarlichte Nacht (2001), Janssen and Van Oudheusden drew inspiration from fables and African folktales for Bakamé (2003), De Grote Tovenaar: De kruisweg van Mpyisi (2007) and De Wraak van Bakamé (2010). Short stories by Janssen have appeared in magazines like Beeldstorm, Stripburger, Incognito, Kerozene, Parcifal, Ink and Zone 5300. He works part-time in a library, is freelance illustrator and does the coloring of Hippo & Zeno, a comic by Klaas Verplancke.

In 2013, Janssen made an drawn report on Doel, a Flemish ghosttown that is threatened with complete demolition due to the planned enlargement of the harbour of Antwerp. In February 2016 his new book came out: Abadaringi is the story of the people who were in the Art School of Nyundo (Rwanda) when he taught there in the years before the Rwandan genocide.

Selected works

  • Muzungu, sluipend gid, Wonderland, 1997
  • De wraak van Bakamé, with Pieter van Oudheusden, Oogachtend, 2010
  • Doel, Oogachtend, 2013
  • Guaranda, Oogachtend, 2015
  • Abadaringi, Oogachtend, 2016


Further reading

Laurike In ’t Veld, “Genocide in Comics,” Comics Forum, February 2012, online.


Fragment from a work in progress