Milan Hulsing (b. 1973) studied at the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam and then did film and theatre studies. His first comic strips appeared in the mid-1990s. In 1999, Ode aan Wilhelm (Ode to Wilhelm, written by Hulsing and illustrated by Michiel de Jong) was published, about a black sailor in the Nazi era. Operatie Hanuman, as the best album of 2008. Stad van klei (Elkhaldiya) has been very well received by the press and the public.