(Indonesia, 1933) is a strip cartoonist and illustrator. After art school in Bandung he came to the Netherlands in 1956 and started working with Toonder Studios. He drew for a girl's magazine, Tina. In 1970 Miep Diekmann asked him to illustrate her book Total loss, weet je wel. (Total Loss, You Know?). Before long he was drawing on a fulltime basis, illustrating the children's books of Guus Kuijer, Els Pelgrom, Sylvia Vanden Heede and Dolf Verroen, which won him three Gouden Penselen (golden pencils). Thé Tjong-Khing is a film buff, countless times he won in a famous Dutch film quiz. In 2005 he was recipient of the Woutertje Pieterse Prize and the Zilveren Penseel (silver pencil) for his pictuere book Waar is de taart? (Where is the Cake?), which he devised and drew. Since 2006 his older work is republished, among others the strip cartoon Arman & Ilva. In 2010 he was recipient of the Max Velthuijs Prize for his entire oeuvre and in 2011 the Dutch Literary Museum organised a special exhibition about his work.(WU 2013 GR)
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One of the most well-known illustrators and strip cartoonists of the Netherlands. What images have remained with him all his life? Manon Uphoff and Aleid Truijens talk to him and the audience about the images he shows us, and why they inspired him so strongly.
One image can hit you harder than a thousand words. A conversation among three Dutch strip cartoonists who in sweeping stories enter upon big issues. They have elevated the strip cartoon to new heights. What can you put into words and what do you have to conjure up in images? Thé Tjong-Khing, now one of Holland's most popular illustrators of children's books, uses hard-boiled satire, Peter van Dongen deals with major taboos, while Barbara Stok aims at making the intimate universal. In Dutch.