Milan Hulsing

Milan Hulsing (b. 1973) studied at the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam and then did film and theatre studies. His first comic strips appeared in the mid-1990s. In 1999, Ode aan Wilhelm (Ode to Wilhelm, written by Hulsing and illustrated by Michiel de Jong) was published, about a black sailor in the Nazi era. Hulsing’s work has appeared in magazines such as Zone 5300, VPRO Gids and Hollands Maandblad, and he has also worked on animated films. Episodes of an adventure comic featuring Lana Planck, another collaboration with Michiel de Jong, appeared in the Algemeen Dagblad from 2006. The Stripschap (society of Dutch comic-book fans) named the resulting anthology, Operatie Hanuman, as the best album of 2008. Stad van klei (City of Clay, 2011) has been very well received by the press and the public.

Stad van klei

Stad van klei

(Oog & Blik, 2011, 132 pagina's)

In 2006 Hulsing moved to Cairo for five years. Inspired by his daily experiences in the turbulent Egyptian capital, he decided to transform dissident author Mohamed el-Bisatie’s novella Al-Khaldiya (Over the Bridge) into a graphic novel. As it happened, Hulsing’s Stad van klei (City of Clay) ended up being published at the beginning of the Arab Spring, a few days before the uprising in Tahrir Square began. One of its themes is police corruption and brutality in Egypt.

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