Maurice Vellekoop and the Return of Gloria Badcock
BY Christopher Harrity
December 10 2011 5:00 AM ET
What ever happened to Gloria Badcock? Last seen in 1997′s Vellevision collection, Maurice Vellekoop’s sexual adventuress had disappeared from view, gone but not forgotten — until now! From publisher Koyama Press, a brand-new comic book featuring her campy and decidedly queer sexual exploits premiered in November. At $5, The World of Gloria Badcock makes a perfect stocking stuffer, albeit a fairly risque one. The sale is restricted to those over 18, and the content is racy enough that we had to carefully pick some sample pages here that wouldn't make the publisher swallow his tongue.
About Maurice: Maurice Vellekoop was born in 1964 in suburban Toronto. His mother created bulletproof hairdos for the local ladies in her salon in the family's basement. His father was an avid art lover who blasted the neighborhood with his opera records on Saturday afternoons. A true child of the TV age, Maurice grew up on a steady diet of supernatural sitcoms, variety shows, Japanese monster movies, and Ross Hunter melodramas. Inspired by his sister Ingrid, he became interested in commercial art from an early age, eventually attending the Ontario College of Art from 1982 to 1986. He joined Reactor Art and Design soon after graduating and has been illustrating for major magazines, book publishers, and ad agencies ever since.
Editorial clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Glamour, Wallpaper, Out, Entertainment Weekly, Mother Jones, Saturday Night, Cosmetics, and Fashion. Advertising clients range from Spotco, LVMH, Abercrombie & Fitch, Smart Car, and Pink Triangle Press to, most recently, Murale, a brand-new chain of cosmetics Stores. Maurice's book publishing clients include Running Press, HarperCollins, and Universe/Rizzoli. His work has appeared in American Illustration and was included in Stylishly Drawn by Laird Borrelli, a book on contemporary fashion illustration published by Harry N. Abrams.
Maurice is the author-illustrator of four books of his own work with Drawn & Quarterly and Green Candy Press. His work has been shown numerous times at the Reactor Gallery in Toronto, the Mayor Gallery in London and in a traveling group show called "New Pop" that stopped at the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice.
Maurice currently lives on idyllic Toronto Island with his lover, writer Gordon Bowness.