Patrick le petit Irlandais
Albert Roch is a comic artist from Cuesmes, in the area of Mons, Hainaut. He attended the Academy of Mons in 1945 and 1946 and during this period he presumably also contribued to the short-lived comics magazine Kim. He made his professional debut in the Brussels newspaper Le Petit Monde in 1947, alongside Peyo and Willy Vandersteen. He had a dayjob with the Belgian postal services for 40 years, and worked as an artist on the side. By 1953 he was asked to draw for the Walt Disney Studios, but he declined. He took evening courses from the Academy of Fine Arts, and was an apprentice letterer and inker for Maurice Rosy at the Dupuis art studios at one point.
In the 1960s he was present in the Flemish comic magazine Ohee with 'De Flessen van Koning M'Boeli'. He also made 'Andoche' and 'Arim Cambier' for Éditions de Lutèce during this decade, using the pseudonym Béoc. He wrote and drew the series about 'Patrick, le petit Irlandais', that was published in four books by Lito-Paris in 1975 and 1976. It was published in Dutch as 'Rikkie Roest' by Zuidnederlandse Uitgeverij. Another creation by Roch is 'Dudule', that ran in Junior.
Oom Douwe in Sjors #16, 1967 (Dudule?)