Joost Swarte (b. 1947, Heemstede) started to draw comics in the late '60s, while studing industrial design. In 1970 he published his first comic book, and from 1971 on he worked for the Dutch comics magazine Tante Leny Presenteert (Aunt Leny Presents).
In the late '70s, he created the comics series Dr. Ben Cine & D (later called Niet Zo! Maar Zo!), which was serialized in the Dutch magazine Vrij Nederland, which brought him national fame. In 1980, he attended the Angoulême International Comics Festival, which afforded him international recognition, and his comics were subsequently translated into English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian. Halway into the '80s, Swarte shifted from comics work to illustration and graphic art. He started designing posters, stamps, letters (typography), furniture, and even buildings.
A true comics enthusiast, in 1990 Swarte initiated the Stripdagen, a biennial international comic event that took place for the first time in Haarlem, Holland, in 1992.