Eddy Ryssack

Eddy Ryssack (1928-2004) was a Belgian film director, illustrator and comics artist. His first works appeared in the magazine Humo. In 1957 he joined the publishing house Dupuis, where he became the head of the animation department. There, he helped create several animations, including ‘Les Aventures des Schtroumpfs’ (‘The Adventures of the Smurfs’) in collaboration with Maurice Rosy in 1965. In the late 1960s he left the publishing house to start creating comics for various Belgian and Danish magazines, such as Pilote, Tintin, Sjors, Pep and Eppo. For Eppo, he produced the pirate comic ‘Brammetje Bram’ (‘Colin Colas’ in French). Ryssack played a significant role not only as an animator and comics artist, but also an important player in the comics scene as the first president of the guild of Flemish comics artists and one of the founders of the Belgian comic strip centre (Centre belge de la Bande dessinée / Belgisch Centrum voor het Beeldverhaal).

Eddy Ryssack: “Colin Colas / Brammetje Bram” #7, 1972, 27 x 36 cm

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