Jack, Jacky and the Juniors

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Jack, Jacky & the Juniors (Jan Jans en de Kinderen) is a Dutch comic strip originally made by Jan Kruis for women's weekly magazine Libelle. It chronicles the events of an average family and runs since 1970. [1] Since 1999 the gags are made by Studio Kruis.

Origins[edit]

The original line-up of the family consisted of Jack, Jacky and their daughters Karlijn and Catootje. A baby-son, Gertje, was introduced in 1993. They also have pets; Lotje, a male dog with a feminine name and a red cat called Edgar. They were later joined by Loedertje, a Siamese cat whose name closely translates as bitch and a white pony named Fury. Other recurring characters are Catootje's best friend Joe, Jacky's cousin Hanna (a single mother by choice), grandad Gerrit and Moeps Pepernoot.

The main characters are modelled after Kruis' own family and pets, save for Jack who in turn inspired his creator. The early gags were originally written for its precursor Gregor and published from December 12, 1970 onwards. Nearly 60 volumes have been released since 1971. The comic moved with the times, proving that no subject was too weird to be discussed by the family, particularly emancipation. The characters never grew older; in fact, some of them dropped a few years in age since comic was taken over by Studio Kruis.

Characters[edit]

The family[edit]

  • Jack; began as a traditional-conservative father working nine to five at an oil company. He could've been a successful businessman like his unseen brother Gijs but eventually chose not to. Jack became a part-time househusband pursuing other interests like writing a book.
  • Jacky; began as a traditional housewife, but soon discovered feminism, yoga and - unsuccessfully - vegan food. She formed a political party for women and won a seat at the local elections. It was during this period that Jacky altered her trademark bowler-shaped haircut till the comic's 40th anniversary. After the birth of Gertje she stepped down from politics to become a part-time journalist.
  • Karlijn; eldest daughter, is on the verge of doing school-exams. She used to be an avid vegetarian with matching soapbox politics, now she's a modern teenager concerned about her reputation at school. After a row of shortlived and somewhat controversial relationships Karlijn is dating Thomas.
  • Catootje; youngest daughter, refers to close friend Joe as her fiance and is often featured in prominent roles. At dinner she's also the most likely to complain about anything that isn't meat-and-potatoes.

Friends, relatives and others[edit]

  • Grandad (Gerrit); Jack's father, stuck in his old ways (smoking cigars for instance) but gifted with a soft spot for his grandchildren (particularly Catootje). He never understood why Jack gave up on business and used to dismiss him as an inferior version of his other son. All seemed to be forgiven with the birth of Gertje, the third male in line at last. Gerrit is close friends with the widowed Moeps Pepernoot, namesake of a distinct character by Kruis.
  • Grandma Stien; Jacky's mother, moved to the US after a failed marriage. During visits she befriended Grandad. Catootje was quick to notice Stien's adopted American accent.
  • Hanna; Jacky's feminist cousin, first appeared in the final stage of her pregnancy. She gave birth to a daughter who was to be named Emmeline Germaine Hedy after forefighters of women's emancipation. Instead Jack did one better and had the baby registered as Sientje in tribute of his grand-aunt, an unsung heroine in feminism. Hanna returned for annual sleepovers and assisted Jacky - back in touch with her own feminist beliefs - in founding the women's party. Upon her return form a lengthy break (apparently caused by the birth of Gertje) Hanna signed in at an online gay-dating agency.
  • Harold; rich boy living with his divorced father. Initially showing off his muscles and expensive he was fierce competition for Joe. They soon became friends to the extent that they're excluding Catootje from boys-only events.

Pets[edit]

  • Edgar; red cat, usually sitting on the sofa with the right look at the right time. During his solo-performances he appears to be a great philosopher.
  • Lotje; male dog with a feminine name. He used to relate to the wolf and the fox, but after reading Karlijn's French dictionary he started to believe that he was Napoleon, Diego Maradona, Saint Nicholas or King Willem IV. Meanwhile Lotje took a keen but unrequited interest in Josephine, Stien's dog.
  • Loedertje; Siamese stray-cat who debuted by entering through the sewerage. It took time for the other pets to grow accustomed to her as they once were framed for plundering the fridge. Not having any maternal instincts she had no problem seeing her six kittens (fathered by different cats) sold.
  • Fury; white pony, given to Catootje by a befriended farmer after the family traded the big city for the countryside. He's very stubborn, hates getting washed or being subjected to the art of horseriding, much to Catootje's grief and Jack's annoyance. Consequently his role diminished and unlike the other characters he did grew older.
  • Anne-Marie; transgender dog given to Joe by the family. He thinks of himself as a female keeshond trapped in a male pitbull's body.
  • Mops; Moeps' dog, hesitant to admit that she's a bulldog in case it puts people off.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Jan Kruis". Retrieved 19 January 2017. 

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