Willy Linthout (b. 1953) is well known in Flanders and the Netherlands as the illustrator of ‘Urbanus’, about the crazy, fictional adventures of a famous comedian. The series includes nearly 200 stories and millions of books have been sold. He surprised the comic strip world with his solo work Years of the Elephant, in which he tried to make sense of his son’s suicide. Rough-and-ready pencil sketches and the subtle balance between tragedy and more humorous passages have become his stylistic trademarks.