About

Foto (c) Calvin Schmucker 2019

I am a comic artist and illustrator and I have my doubts about concepts of  identity. My own or anyone elses. I grew up in the Hague, Bucharest, New York and a small Dutch suburb town called Oegstgeest and became an attentive observer of people. As a child, to know how to behave, I studied other people. Because I never found myself that way, I now write stories to try to make sense of the world.

I studied visual arts in Amsterdam and Rhode Island, and since 2003 I work in Berlin, Germany and the Netherlands. My works have centered on the themes identity, gender, society, family, youth culture and LGTBIQ+ issues. I am co-founder of the artist-run group Palatti, organising art projects, residencies and exhibitions around the world since 2005. In 2010 I left the collective to be able to concentrate on comics. In 2008, I co-founded the comic blog collective Chicks on Comics. I worked with Chicks on Comics until mid-2019. Starting 2013, Nettmann and me told nothing but the truth about parenting in our webcomic Familienjuwelen, published in bookform by Jaja Verlag in 2018.

I just released my first graphic novel this April 2020, Küsse für Jet, that I am extremely proud of. It’s a coming-of-gender story about a teenager finding themselves without the internet to guide them. Set in the late 1990s, between Kurt Cobain’s death and the supposed end of the world at the turn of the millennium, in a small Dutch suburb, there are teenage fights, random kisses and even a musical interlude by a self-applauding surgeon.

You can follow me at my instagram page where I reguarly document my working process. I have worked for money, the promise of immortality and laughs. Write me at basbacker (at) posteo.de.

PUBLICATIONS
2020 Küsse für Jet, Jaja Verlag (DE) 2019 Gestern Morgen Heute, Moshpit (DE) 2019 Messy Parent Gender Transition, How to Wait (US) 2019 Wait Behind This Line, Kutlul #9 (DE/NL) 2018 Familienjuwelen, Jaja Verlag (DE) 2018 The Amsterdamse Joffers, Pulp de Luxe (BE) and Drawing the Times (NL) 2018 The Trans Heroes Coloring Book, Stacked Deck Press (US) 2017 We’re Still Here, Comics Anthology, Stacked Deck Press / Winner of the Ignatz Award “Outstanding Anthology” 2019 (US) 2016 (Solo) Mates, limited edition collection of short stories 2014 Familie Rockt! (AT) 2014 Best Friends Forever  in The Strumpet #4 (UK/US) 2014 Best Friends Forever in Side by Side LGTB Int. Film Festival (RU) 2014 Tijuana Bible in ‑Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2  Fantagraphics (US) 2014 Many Lives, Cat Coloring Book by Publishing Puppies (DE) 2013 Rare-chested Boy Safari  in The Strumpet #3 (UK/US) 2011 Jet Boy, Jet Girl , mini-comic, 20 pages by Burlesque Ediciones (AR) 2011 The Break Out  by Electrocomics (DE) 2010 Massive, a graphic anthology (#8) (PT) 2009 Fierro (November Issue) (AR) 2009 2010 Night Vultures, monthly cartoon with U. Loge for Exberliner magazine 2007 Searching by Drawing  in Plotki 2006 Ausgabe 2 2006 Sprachgebunden
FANZINES
Bilderbergkonferenz Ed. 2017 and 2018 (DE), Batterie #6 (DE), Beton #5, #6, #8 (FR/DE), Murmel #40, #41 (DE), The Strumpet #3, #4 (UK/US), Sursytem #6 (CO), Renate #17, #18. #20 #21 (DE), Milk and Wodka #9, #10 (CH), Larva #6, #12 (CO), Vinagreta #6, #7 (CO), Gambuzine (PT), „Work Life Balance“, „Silent Conversation“ and „Vrooooom“ by Chicks on Comics (Int.), Cabula #7 (AR)
OWN PUBLICATION
2016 „The Men with Long Hair Zine“, 2012 „You’re Smart and Talented“, small booklet collection of personal cartoons 2010 „Jet Boy Jet Girl“, short story 2009 Tijuana Bibles „Hunky Luke“ and „Minnie the Moocher“ 2009 „On comics and luv“, small booklet collection of personal cartoons 2008 Si esto en un Artista # 1, #2, documentation of 24 hour comic marathons about being an artist. Book and documentary presentation in Casa del encuentros of the Museo de Antioquia and Taller 7 in Medellín/ and Lugar a Dudas in Cali (CO) 2007 Palatti China: Exploring Chongqing, catalogue on project and exhibition of art collective Palatti in China
EXHIBITIONS
krimi-behind-cake 2018 „Esto pudo ser un Libro“, Rat Trap, Festival Entreviñetas Bogotá (CO) 2018 Une BD si je veux, quand je veux!, Chicks on Comics, Maison Fumetti, Nantes (FR) 2017 I who make mistakes at the eternal typewriter, Drawing Centre Diepenheim (NL) 2017 Long Distance Relationship (Chicks on Comics solo show), Helsinki Comics Festival (FI) 2016 Long Distance Relationship, Fundacion PROA, Buenos Aires (AR) 2016 Comiclesung Renate und Rudolf, Berlin (DE) 2016 Fraude, Fake and Fame, Goldrausch Programm, Berlin (DE) 2015 Comic Invasion, Urban Spree Berlin (DE) 2014 Chicks on Comics in Musaraña (AR) 2014 Musik für die Augen, Comic Salon Erlangen (DE) 2014 Comic Seminar Erlangen, Comic Salon Erlangen (DE) 2014 Window presentation during the Haarlemse Stripdagen (DE) 2014 Rhapsodize, in Other Nature, Berlin (DE) 2014 Familienjuwelen II, Comic Invasion, Urban Spree Berlin (DE) 2013 Get Done, Tape Bar, Kotti-Shop, Berlin (DE) 2013 Familienjuwelen, Comic Invasion, Urban Spree Berlin (DE) 2013 Chicks on Comics, AlphaNova & Galerie Futura, Berlin (DE) 2012 Launch of comic fanzine ‚Renate #21‘ in ‚Kottishop‘, Berlin (DE) 2012 „Hah! Held Antiheld Heroes“, Mohr-Villa München (DE) 2011 „Serve and Destroy“ with NETTMANN in ‚Buchhandlung‘, Berlin (DE) 2011 „Dear Amsterdam, Greetings from Istanbul“ in Kulter, Amsterdam (NL) 2010 Palatti Istabul, Art Pie Istanbul during the Tuyap Art Fair (TU) 2010 Chicks on Comics, Galería LDF (AR) 2010 In your face, Centraal Museum Utrecht (NL) 2010 Es una zona difícil, Kunstvlaai 8, Amsterdam (NL) 2010 Salon Fabríl, cheLA, Buenos Aires (AR) 2010 El Postre, Mussetta café, Buenos Aires (AR) 2010 Fake Record Covers, Platfon, Basel/CH und Rom (IT) 2009 Save Berlin, Stattbad Wedding, Berlin (DE) 2008 Renates Neue Hits, Neurotitan, Berlin (DE) 2008 Palatti at the Kunstvlaai 7, Amsterdam (NL) 2008 Comics marathon „Si esto es un artista“, Lugar a Dudas & Taller 7, Cali & Medellin (CO) 2007 Palatti China: Exploring Chongqing, Southwest University Art Museum, Chongqing, China 2007 Del Arte no politico a la metfora de los huevos del tero, CCEBA (Centro Cultural de España en Buenos Aires) (AR) 2007 Group show in Temporary Home, Kassel (DE) 2007 solo: TOTAL-artspace, Berlin (DE) 2007 Doing time in Argentina or/ o lo intenté con el tiempo que tuve. El Basilisco, Buenos Aires/ AR 2007 Very Selected, Gallery Zink, group show curated by Marcel van Eeden, Munich (DE) 2006 Palatti Kosova Berlin, Project Space NewRioTokio, Berlin (DE) 2006 Palatti-project: Out of Foreign Focus, Gallery Hani i 2 Robertëve, (exhibitied and curated) Prishtina (XK) 2006 solo: The Fall into Disrepair, Galerie Jonas Reuber, Berlin (DE) 2005 Kon. Prijs v. vrije Schilderkunst 2005, (Dutch Royal Prize for Painting), GEM Den Haag Gemeente Museum, The Hague (NL)
GRANTS/ RESIDENCIES

2018 Invited Artist at Entreviñetas Comic Festical in Bogotá (CO) with support from the Dutch Embassy 2017 Grantee interest-free artist loan, Fonds Kwadraat, (NL) 2016 2016 Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt, Berlin (DE) 2013 Travel grant awarded for the exhibition and panel discussion „Chicks on Comics“ in Galerie Futura by IFA (DE) 2010 Work/ travel grant from Fonds BKVB (NL) and IFA (DE) 2008 Work/ travel grant from Fonds BKVB (NL) 2008 Artist residency in Taller 7, Medellín (CO) 2008 Artist residency in Lugar a Dudas, Cali (CO) 2007 Artist residency in El Basilisco, Buenos Aires (AR) 2007 Work/ travel grant from Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam (NL) 2006 Support for the Palatti-project Out of Foreign Focus in Kosovo by The Mondriaan Foundation (NL), and the Swiss Cultural Programme of Kosovo (Pro Helvetia) (CH/XK) 2006 2nd Start Stipendium by Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam (NL) 2005 Nomination ‚Koninklijke Prijs v. vrije Schilderkunst 2005‘, (Royal Dutch Prize for Painting) GEM Den Haag Gemeente Museum, (3rd place ‚publics choice‘) the Hague (NL)

PRESS

familienrockt_sommer-2015 21.07.2020 „Die Welt durchs Fernglas“, Sissy Mag / DE 12.07.2020 „Joris Bas Backer im Comicinterview & Gespräch“, Jaja Tube / DE  20.06.2020 „Suche nach sich selbst – Comics über Erfahrungen von Trans-Menschen“, Buch-Tipp, RadioBremen / DE 18.06.2020 „Genderidentität im Comic: Von der alltäglichen Suche nach sich selbst“, Tagesspiegel / DE 01.06.2020 „Pride Month 2020 – Meine Buchempfehlungen!“, Buzzaldrins.de / DE 27.05.2020 „Nur dass ich einer Verwechslung auf die Spur gekommen bin“, Junge Welt /DE 27.04.2020 „Joris Bas Backer“ Comicinvasion Podcast 27.04.2020 „Deutscher Comicmarkt – Kaum Platz für queere Stoffe“, Deutschlandfunk / DE 22.04.2020 „Lockdown Files: Joris Bas Backer“, Pulpdeluxe.be / BE 19.04.2020 „Ein Teenager sucht seine geschlechtliche Identität“, Queer.de / DE 27.09.2018 „Cuatro artistas LGBTQ que deberías estar siguiendo“, Vice / ES 16.10.2015 „Twenty Small Press Anthologies of Note“, The Comics Journal 30.07.2015 „Von Eltern gezeichnet“, Comics aus Berlin,Tagesspiegel 01.06.2015 Familie Rockt!, „Die Freude am Strip“ 01.03.2015 Zitty Berlin, „Das Eine-Frage-Interview“ 26.01.2015 Now Read This! Win Wiacek „Treasury of Mini Comics volume 2“ 21.01.2012 Freistil Online, „»Serve & Destroy« in der Cafeteria Berlin“ 10.02.2012 Cuadritos, „Padres y ratones en pequeño formato“ 01.2011 Missy Magazin, „Electric Ladyland: Süchtig nach Comics“ 08.12.2012 GIRLS CAN BLOG, „Bas Backer of Chicks on Comics“ 22.07.2010 Tip, „Die Story!-Literaturwoche im Heimathafen Neukölln“ 03.04.2010 Avoid the Future, Chicks on Comics Interview 01.08.2007 Plotki, „Searching by Drawing“