Jeannette Pointu by Marc Wasterlain
Jeannette Pointu - 'Le Grand Panda' (1999).

Born in Erquelinnes, Marc Wasterlain cancelled his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Mons to take specialized comics courses at the C.A.D. in Brussels. After obtaining his degree, he became Dino Attanasio's assistant on 'Modeste et Pompon', the gag series created by André Franquin for Tintin magazine.

The Smurfs by Marc Wasterlain
By 1976 Wasterlain had developed his personal style, easily recognizable in his assistance work on the 'Smurfs' story 'La Soupe aux Schtroumpfs'.

He joined Studio Peyo in 1966, and cooperated on series like 'The Smurfs' and 'Benoît Brisefer', as well as the 'Poussyclopédie' in Spirou, well into the 1970s. Both Wasterlain and Walthéry continued to help Peyo out on 'Smurfs' stories long after they left the studio.

Bob Moon et Titania by Marc Wasterlain
'Bob Moon et Titania' (Dutch edition, Kuifje #48, 1971). 

Wasterlain made his solo debut with the humorous science fiction series 'Bob Moon et Titania' in Tintin in 1971. Two years later, he created a series of poetic short stories starring 'Monsieur Bonhomme'. In addition, he created 'Lapomme' for Achille Talon Magazine. Wasterlain made his comeback in Spirou in 1975, when he launched his magical and poetic 'Docteur Poche' series.

Docteur Poche by Marc Wasterlain
Docteur Poche - 'Karabouilla' (1980). 

Wasterlain explored several genres with the series, varying from fantasy adventure, real-life problems and animal science fiction, to pure gags. Wasterlain's red caped flying doctor appeared in Spirou until 1990, but was revived in a more juvenile version at Casterman between 1995 and 2000.

Docteur Poche by Marc Wasterlain
Docteur Poche - 'Le Géant Qui Posait des Questions' (1982). 

Wasterlain additionally drew the adventures of the female journalist 'Jeannette Pointu', whose adventures incorporated elements of fantasy and science fiction, but were less poetic and leaned more on ecological and humanitarian themes, such as the war in former Yugoslavia or the fate of the giant panda. The series appeared in Spirou between 1982 and 2005 and was collected by Dupuis in 20 albums.

Jeannette Pointu by Marc Wasterlain
Jeannette Pointu - 'Casque Bleu' (1995). 

Wasterlain was also associated with Bayard Jeunesse, creating the humorous series 'Gill et Georges' in Okapi between 1985 and 1986. Additional creations include the gag series about the sport-loving dog 'Ratapoil' for Marsu-Productions in 1990 and 'Les Pixels', a series he created for Pif Gadget in 2006 and that has been collected in books by Editions Mosquito since 2010.

Gill et Georges by Wasterlain
Gill et Georges - 'Le Machine Complexe' (1986).

Apart from working on his own series, Wasterlain has written scripts for Walthéry ('Natacha'), MiTacq ('La Patrouille des Castors') and Piroton ('Jess Long'). He resides in Binche, a Walloon municipality in the province of Hainaut. He also participated in a collective book about Walloon folklore on occasion of the 2010 Serraing comic festival.

In 1980 Wasterlain was one of many Belgian comic artists to make a graphic contribution to the book 'Il était une fois... les Belges'/'Er waren eens Belgen' (1980), a collection of columns and one-page comics, published at the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Belgium. He was one of several artists to make a graphic contribution to 'Pepperland’ (1980), a collective comic book tribute to the store Pepperland, to celebrate its 10th anniversary at the time. He was one of several artists to make a graphic contribution to 'Baston Labaffe no. 5: La Ballade des Baffes’ (Goupil, 1983), an official collective parody comic of  André Franquin’s 'Gaston Lagaffe’. In 1990 he paid graphic tribute to François Walthéry in the collective homage book 'Natacha. Special 20 Ans' (Marsu Productions, 1990), which celebrated the 20th anniversary of Walthéry's series 'Natacha'.

Les Pixels by Marc Wasterlain
'Les Pixels'. 

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