Barbara Stok

Barbara Stok (b. 1970) briefly studied at the Fotoacademie in The Hague and worked as a journalist, before becoming a comic-book writer and illustrator. She depicts her own everyday life in her comics: concerts, nights out, getting drunk, the first steps on the path to love, the fear of death. Stok constantly poses questions about the meaning of life and right or wrong, but always with a light touch.

Happy Anyway

Happy Anyway

(Nijgh & Van Ditmar, 2016, 160 pages)

For an average woman with an average life, Barbara Stok is really rather successful. She already has seven collections of autobiographical comic strips to her name, and she won the most important Dutch comics prize for her body of work: the Stripschapprijs. The Van Gogh Museum also entrusted her with a very special commission: to produce a graphic novel on the life of Vincent van Gogh.

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