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Joris Bas Backer


I am a comic artist and illustrator. Growing up, I lived in the Hague, Bucharest, New York and a small Dutch suburb town and early on became an attentive observer of people. As a child, to know how to behave, I studied other people. 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 live in Berlin, Germany. I have co-founded and worked for long periods in the art collectives Palatti and Chicks on Comics. Starting 2013, Nettmann and me told nothing but the truth about parenting in our webcomic Familienjuwelen, published in bookform by Jaja Verlag in 2018.

For 1,5 years I made a monthly cartoon for which appeared in Englilsh and Dutch.

My graphic novel, Küsse für Jet, first came out in German in 2020 and in English as Kisses for Jet in a newly edited version by Nobrow Press in 2022.
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.

I am currently working on a new graphic novel. You can follow me at my instagram page where I reguarly document my working process. Write me at basbacker (at)

(Pronouns: He / Him)

The 3 stories of Joris Bas Backer …