'Mister Hipster'.

Marc Alberich Lluís was an artist from Barcelona, who started out in the 1990s drawing storyboards for animated TV series through D'Ocon Films, Studio Camára and Norma Animation, before becoming an inker on international comic books through studios like Comicon. Between 1997 and 2018, his own comics appeared in the fanzine Amaníaco, signed with simply "Marc".

Alberich was born in 1971 in Barcelona. His career took off in 1990 at Antoni D'Ocon's studio, making storyboards for the animated TV series 'Los Fruittis' ('The Fruitties', 1990-1992), 'Delfy y sus Amigos' (1992) and 'Chip & Charly' (1993). He then joined Sergi Cámara at his studio, doing clean-up art on a great many national and international projects between 1994 and 1998. He participated in the production of 'Les Tres Bessones' (1995, an animated adaptation of Roser Capdevilla's 'The Triplets'), 'Fantomcat' (1995), 'Cutlass Microfilms' (1992-1994), 'Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree' (1997), 'Slurps' (1997), 'Sooty', 'Pumby', 'Captain Pugwash', 'Captain Star' (1997), 'Goomer' (1999) and 'Perros Millonarios' ('Hot Dogs: Wau - wir sind reich!', 1999). Later work in the animation industry included clean-ups for the animated series 'TOM' (2001-2003) by Norma Animation and Cromosoma, based on Daniel Torres' comic book series, and 'Invisible Man' (2005-2006) for BRB International.

Don Pankracio, by Marc Alberich

Also during the 1990s, Marc Alberich debuted on the Spanish comic book market. Between 1991 and 1994, he scripted, penciled and inked humor features such as 'Crazy Baby' and 'La Familia TV' for the magazines Super Mortadelo and Super Zip y Zape by Ediciones B. In 2019, Marc Alberich self-published a 'Crazy Baby' comic book. More adult-oriented comic creations appeared in the non-profit indie comic magazine Amaníaco between 1997 and 2018. His best-known creation was 'Don Pankracio, el Yayo Punk', about an eighty-year old grandfather who decides to become a punk. The comic was collected in a black-and-white comic book in 2002. Other Alberich creations for Amaníaco were 'Historias Histéricas', 'Historias Noctámbulas', 'Mister Hipster' and 'Kaperucita'.

Comic book inker
In the late 1990s, Alberich turned to the print market, working mostly as an inker on several international licensed properties. Through Selecciones Ilustradas, he was an inker on the comic strips based on the American TV series 'Pepper Ann' and 'Recess' ('La Banda del Patio'), which appeared in the children's supplement of the newspaper El País in 1999-2000. For the same agency, he inked comic books with 'Rugrats' and 'Help! I'm a Fish', aimed at the European market. Also in 1999, Alberich began his longtime association with Pepe Ferré and Christof Ruoss' Studio Comicon in Barcelona, working mainly as an inker for the German market. He contributed to children's magazines based on the Kiddinx properties 'Benjamin Blümchen' and 'Bibi Blocksberg' (1999-2001), then inked stories with the Disney version of 'Winnie the Pooh' (2007-2008) and inked Sergi San Julian's pencils for 'Extrem Bissig!' (Blue Ocean Entertainment, 2011), before working with penciler Miguel Sanchez  on 'LEGO Nexo Knights' comics (2012-2017).

'LEGO Nexo Knights' comic by Miguel Sanchez and Marc Alberich.

In 2006-2007, Alberich assisted the German illustrator Jutta Langer on her work with 'Maya the Honey Bee' and Jim Henson's characters from 'Sesame Street', again as an inker. Between 2007 and 2015 he also did inking duties in the studio of the Spanish comic book artist Oscar Martin, on the 'Scooby Doo' and 'Tom & Jerry' story productions for Egmont in Denmark. He additionally illustrated the book series 'Cuentos Asombrosos', 'Piluca' and 'El Capitán Calafate', as well as school and text books for Grupo SM.

Marc Alberich passed away in Barcelona on 1 July 2020, at the age of 49.

'Cuentos Modernos' ("Modern Fairy Tales""), unpublished project.


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