Barbara Stok (b. 1970) briefly studied at the Fotoacademie school of photography in The Hague and worked as a journalist before becoming a cartoonist and illustrator, working for newspapers and for a children’s TV show. Her early work was autobiographical in nature, constantly questioning the meaning of life and right and wrong, always with a light touch. She has spent the last few years studying the classical philosophers and taking philosophy classes at university. In 2009 she was awarded the Stripschapprijs for her body of work. In 2012, her graphic novel Vincent, about the life of Vincent van Gogh, was published in more than twenty countries.