Van Bruaene by De Marck
Van Bruaene

Marc Daniëls is one half of the creator duo De Mark & De Wulf, which he forms with Rik De Wulf. Together they make the popular philately duo 'Stam & Pilou', under the collective pseudonym Studio Max!. After his education in Fine Arts from the Royal Atheneum Brussels in Jette, Daniëls began his career drawing cartoons, illustrations and gags for socio-cultural publications and political cartoons for newspapers from Brussels. He also did commissions for the private sector, and drew gags with 'Cas & Joeber' for local and regional newspapers.

De Planckaerts, by De Marck & De Wulf
De Planckaerts

His collaboration with Rik De Wulf started with the 'Moya Moya' comic, and corporate illustrations. They began Studio Max!, and focused on the production of comics, commercial illustrations and comics workshops. In 1999, they were assigned by the Belgian philately to create two mascots for a new philately collecting club. These became 'Stam & Pilou', a boy and a girl who live in the same neighbourhood. They are good friends and often pitted against their grandfather, Fons, who used to be a postman but is now a collector of stamps. Originally the series only appeared in the official magazine of De Post, but it was so popular that they were published in book format too.

Together with their co-workers, De Wulf and De Marck are also responsible for a celebrity comics version of the TV show 'De Planckaerts', about Belgian cyclist Eddy Planckaert and his family. In 2011 De Marck created a seven-part comics series about Brussels painter and art dealer Geert Van Bruaene (1891-1964). His scriptwriter was Danny Verbiest, best known as the voice and creator of the popular children's show 'Samson en Gert' (which has been adapted into a comic earlier by Wim Swerts and Jean-Pol). The comics series is only loosely based on the real life of Van Bruaene and set in Brussels during the 1930s. Both Hergé and René Magritte have cameos. The series has been published in both Dutch, French and English.

In 2012 De Marck published another celebrity comic, 'Jean-Michel Saive', about real-life Belgian table tennis champion Jean-Michel Saive. 

Stam & Pilou, by Studio Max
Stam & Pilou

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