Stam & Pilou, by Rik De Wulf

Rick De Wulf is one half of the artist duo De Marck (Marc Daniëls) & De Wulf, who works under the umbrella of Studio Max! on the popular philately comic 'Stam & Pilou'. De Wulf began his career drawing for children's publications, and working as a lay-out man at publishing house Infodok in Leuven. 'Stam & Pilou' was inked by Jos Vanspauwen. During this early period, he created the comic characters 'Smodder' and 'Snuffel en Miel'. He then created the weekly gag series 'Happy' for De Stipkrant, a supplement of Het Nieuwsblad/De Gentenaar. Happy is a bald girl with a blue ribbon through her one hair. Many gags feature her in slapstick situations with her bald, moustached grandfather. One album was published, 'Dat Doet De Deur Dicht' (1986). De Wulf also made series like 'Koning Arthur' (as "Pias") and 'Lancelot', that appeared in Suske en Wiske Weekblad and the related holiday books. Between 1989 and 1999 he joined Merho's art team, and cooperated on about 39 albums of 'De Kiekeboes', among them 'Zeg Het Met Bloemen' en 'Het Taxi Comitée'.

Koning Arthur by Rik Dewulf (Pias)
Koning Arthur

De Wulf's collaboration with Marc Daniëls (De Marck) 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 design two comic characters as the mascots of a new philately collecting club. This resulted in 'Stam & Pilou', the leading strip in the club's magazine and a series of albums. Together with their co-workers, De Wulf and De Marck are also responsible for a comics version of the TV family 'De Planckaerts' (2004-2005).

In 2007 De Wulf and De Marck created a one-shot educational and celebrity comic book at the same time. The album, 'Kamiel in Vuur en Vlam!' (2007), was intended to educate readers about fire prevention on behalf of the fire brigade of the town St. Niklaas. The protagonist in this particular book was Kamiel Spiessens, a comedic character by Flemish comedian Chris Van den Durpel.

In 2009 he and Marc Daniëls made an album in 'De Reizen van Alex'.

In the 2010s he made children's books about 'Lotta de Kip', which have been adapted into a musical and translated worldwide. 

Since 1 June 2011 the series 'Stam & Pilou' has its own comic book mural inside the La Fleur en Papier Doré in the Rue des Alexiens / Cellebroersstraat 53/5 in Brussels, as part of the Brussels' Comic Book Route.

Stam & Pilou, by Studio Max

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