CIB18 Satellite event: Queer Me Comic Workshop


Berlin Comic Festival Comic Invasion is coming! But first, the CIB satellite events are up: exhibitions and workshops around the city. ‚Queer me‘ is a comic workshop for queers and questioners about exploring self-portrayal with self-confidence. During this workshop we enjoy a safe space with queers and questioners to explore our identities through comics. We will work with text, drawing and collage and create small zines! The workshop will take place June 17th 2018 in the Renate Comics Bibliothek.
For more info follow this link.


De Amsterdamse Joffers at Drawing the Times


The English version of my short documentary comic The Amsterdamse Joffers is featured in Drawing the Times for their Sex and Gender special! Drawing the Times is a platform for graphic journalism based in The Netherlands. ‚Sex and Gender‘ is their 8th special and other than my own, there are comics by , Merel Barends, Seif Eddin Nechi, Jiro Ghianni, Alex Mankiewicz, Maia Matches, Yamuna Matheswaran, Emmi Nieminen & Johanna Vehko, Hector Sonon . Editing by Eva Hillhorst. Check out their stories, their work, it’s a really interesting mix of artists and there’s a lot to discover!


Une BD, si je veux, quand je veux!

I will be showing new works as part of a Chicks on Comics contribution to this exhibition at Maison Fumetti in Nantes, France and also showing some of my personal work. The exhibition opens Februari 3rd 2018 and runs into April. This exhibition proposed by Maison Fumetti plans to put a spotlight on feminist artworks and artists, in order to propagate further and stronger the desire for emancipation by highlighting issues such as the removal of taboos, collective voices, historical rehabilitation, documentary comics, autobiography, fighting with humor, freedom to create and publish and the implications of being a female author. The list of participating artists is great, I am honored to exhibit amongst them. Specific details here.


I who make mistakes on the eternal typewriter

I have really been looking forward to this. I was invited by Marcel van Eeden and Nanette Kraaikamp to this group exhibition at the Drawing Center Diepenheim in the Netherlands. The show is a solo and group exhibition by Marcel van Eeden. New work by him is presented in the midst of a group exhibition compiled by himself. In their words (and in my translation),

The starting point for Van Eeden’s selection is the relationship he feels with certain artists who, like him, make use of certain narrative elements in their work. ‚I who make mistakes on the eternal typewriter‘, a quote from a poem of the beat poet Allen Ginsberg, gives space for a variety of visual stories.
The result is an eclectic collection of works and wide variety of styles: from handwritten reflections to wall-filling graphic story telling, from a single monumental black and white ink drawing to a colorful and extensive comic.

The times that art that really touches me, it’s always some form of drawing, a technique, that even in its broadest sense  I consider very akin to language and story telling. So this is an exhibition that feels close to my artistic homestead. Happy to be part of this. And happy to share this with my Chicks on Comics long-time colleague Maartje Schalkx.

Curators are Marcel van Eeden and Nanette Kraaikamp
Participating artists are Marcel van Eeden – Joris Bas Backer – Cedric ter BalsMarc BauerKarl HaendelMarc Nag
tzaamMaartje SchalkxAsbjørn Skou 

The show opens September 16th at 3pm, address is Kuimgaarden 1, Diepenheim. Opening talk by Wim Noordhoek.
For the full programme, go here.


Chicks on Comics at the Helsinki Comics Festival

Chicks on Comics are exhibitiong their show „Long Distance Relationship“ about genres in art at the Helsinki Comics Festival 2-3.9.2017. To celebrate the two new artists that have joined the group Pixin and Zane Zlamesa and Caro Chinaski who has re-joined, they have made new work especially for this show. On top of that, Chicks on Comics member, Sole Otero is an invited guest at the festival and will be there to present her new book and first graphic Novel, „Poncho Fue“.

A reminder of the first time we produced the show at Fundacion PROA in Buenos Aires can be seen on their website here.





Comic Workshop Queer Identities at Sonntags Club

I’ll be giving my comic workshop for queer identities at Sonntags Club in Berlin on Sunday July 30th 2017. The Sonntags Club e.V. is an event, information and counseling center for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, inter * and trans * people.

No previous skills required: it’s about having fun and drawing together!

Self-presentation can be an emotional mine field. Or a source of inspiration. In this workshop we explore the topic of identity in comic stories or diary illustrations in a queer friendly setting.

We can discuss formats, materials and the topics that participants would like to elaborate on. The ideas can be implemented using a few playful drawing exercises.
There will be enough time for free drawing, individual guidance and presentations of the results in the group.

Let me know if you’re coming or ask me stuff at workshop_jorisbas (at)

Language: English and / or German

More info at the Sonntags Club website here.