Mark Bellido is a Belgian novelist and graphic novel writer. He spent four years protecting politicians from the Basque separatist group ETA, which provided the inspiration for Mikel. Judith Vanistendael studied at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin and at the University of Ghent before studying Latin America as a postgraduate. She is also a graduate of the comic strip course at the Sint Lukas Art School in Brussels. Her graphic novels include When David Lost His Voice and the semi-autobiographical Dance by the Light of the Moon, which was nominated twice for the prestigious Angouleme Grand Prix. She lives in Brussels, Belgium.