Welcome and thank you for your interest in my work as an illustrator and comicbook-artist.

Although I'm an illustrator and comicbook-artist by trade I ' m interested in lots of others things and I figured it would be nice to share at least some of these interests with you.

Have fun!

Ben Vranken

Tuesday, November 25, 2008



a while ago I was asked to do a series of drawings for 'De Volkskrant', a major Dutch newspaper. They were preparing a special on the Northsea and we figured it would be nice to have a sort of comic running through the newspaper.
Both 'De Volkskrant' and me were very pleased with the result and I hope you will be too. The on-line version of the webspecial can be found by going here


Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Hello everybody,

again it has been a while but I just needed some time to recover from those hectic 'Haarlemse Stripdagen'.
As you know my new graphic novel: "Schroot" was released there and it was a great succes; thanks to the good people of 'Uitgeverij Xtra', I sold a lot of copies.
I think the book is very well executed and looks really good.
It was fun meeting all the people you normally seldom see because they live in remote parts of the country like Amsterdam.
Well, because of all this and because of the fact that the weather was very nice I spent most of my time drinking beer and talking to old friends on the squares of Haarlem.
I would like to say thanks to all the people that bought a copy of my book.
You can obtain your copy through the editor's website and as from now the book will also be available in bookshops across the country.
Check your local comic-retailer for a copy of "Schroot"; it's only 12,50 euro's

Thursday, June 05, 2008


Page from: "De Luidruchtige Boom" ("The Noisy Tree").
Page from:"Woeste Hoogten"("Wuthering Heights").

Page from: "Schroot" ("Scrap-iron").

Dear reader,

let me just show you a few pages from my latest graphic novel. The book consists of three stories in black and white with greyscales. The total amount of pages is 96!


Well hi there,

after a rather long period of silence from my part I'm back again because there has been some developments in the comic-department.
After working very hard for the past few months my newest graphic novel is finally finished and can be found at the coming convention at the Dutch town of Haarlem coming weekend.
I will be there too myself and I will be happy to provide your copy with an original drawing.
I don't know the exact time yet but I will be present in the "Philarmonie'-building which is also the nerve-center of the festival, so I'm told.
My editor ( Uitgeverij Xtra ) is situated next to the VIP-bar. Feel free to drop by and check out the other excellent books they publish.
Well , see you in Haarlem and ofcourse I hope you will like my latest book.
It's called "Schroot" ("Scrap Iron") and it's only 12,50 euro's.

Saturday, February 16, 2008


Hi there,

offcourse you're familiar with ZONE 5300, the number one comic magazine of the Low Countries. A lot of very fine artists started their career here.
As from now , ZONE 5300 will not only be known as a magazine publishing outstanding comics but as an agency as well !
So when in need of an illustration, a comic, a script or even an animation or a workshop just visit the website on the left where you can find and hire the artists you know from the magazine.
The ZONE 5300-agency offers lot of different disciplines under one roof but the're always happy to fulfill your wildest dreams ( as far as illustration is concerned that is !) and like to be challenged by your assignment.
And being very happy to be a part of this bunch of special people that goes for me too !
Please pay us a visit on www.zone5300.nl/agentschap

Thursday, January 10, 2008


This is the card I did this year ( I do them every year and it's becoming a real x-mas-tradition) for STENELUX, the fine shop in Amsterdam that sells the most beautiful objects from natural history you can find. When in town it certainly is worth a visit.
It's located near the Rijksmuseum in the 1e Jacob van Campenstraat 2

It's alive!!

Hello there,

Oops, 2008 already? well it's just like I updated this weblog only yesterday but again it has been a while. I'm sorry but I don't seem to have the discipline needed to maintain a weblog. I promise however to do the best I can in the new year!
Let me start by wishing everybody a wonderful 2008!
In my last update (dating from august,I'm afraid ) I told you about the graphic novel I was doing . Unfortunately I didn't manage to finish it in time so I'm still working on it and we've decided to postpone its publication.
We ( the publishing house and myself hope to be able to publish the book by the summer of this year.
But "Scrap Iron" (as the graphic novel will be named )is not the only thing I have been busy with during the last months of 2007. I have been doing a lot of illustrations for all sorts of purposes and even a "life-event" where I was asked to draw in public came my way.
The coming year however I hope to focus on my career as a comicbook-artist and be able to do some fine stories for you.