Guido van Driel
Guido van Driel (b. 1962) is a history graduate and self-taught artist. His first comic, Vis aan de wand (Fish on the Wall), was published in 1994, promptly winning awards. He received a great deal of attention from the press for his book De fijnproever – Een raamvertelling (The Connoisseur - A Frame Story), about saxophone repairman Nico, and his fondness for prostitutes. His choice of subjects for his subsequent books was also unconventional: the 1974 World Cup final, which was so traumatic for the Netherlands, in Toen wij van de Duitsers verloren (When We Lost to the Germans), or the life of an asylum seeker in the provinces in Om mekaar in Dokkum. Van Driel has created his own film version of this graphic novel with the title of The Resurrection of a Bastard, which was selected as the opening film of the 42nd International Film Festival in Rotterdam in 2013. He also works as an illustrator for a variety of newspapers and magazines.