The Belgian Center For Comic Strips
A Comic Strip Tour Translated from French by William Moritz. Philippe Moins is co-director of the Animation Festival
of Brussels. He is also the regular animation reporter for the daily Belgian
newspaper Le Matin (The Morning Paper).
The Center for Comic Strips is also responsible for initiating, with the agreement of the Brussels city authorities, the "Comic Strip Tour," a plan to have current Belgian cartoon artists paint original murals on the walls of certain buildings in the center of town.
Another project should also see the light of day in the coming years, independently from the Belgian Center for Comic Strips: the Tintin Museum. The Herge Foundation would like to situate this project at Place Fontainas, less than half-a-mile from the Center for Comic Strips. Will this museum remain in the shadow of the Center, or will it benefit from the comic-book presence, which is already teeming in Brussels? The latter seems most probable, especially if one considers the numerous specialty book-shops for comics, some of which devote space to public exhibits of new independent comics, such as the book shop "Bruzel" and the Gallery "Without Title," both of which are nearby. By presenting themselves as different, but equally as interesting to the comic strip enthusiast, the Tintin Museum could add an extra attraction to an ensemble that forms a tour through the whole historic center of town.
Is Brussels the comic book world capital? Most of the citizens of Brussels have too much of a sense of humor to get themselves up in such gaudy feathers. But maybe they should.
Belgian Center for Comic Strips
20 rue des Sables, Brussels
Tel: (322) 219.19.80
Fax: (322) 219.23.76
Museum, Permanent and Temporary Exhibits, Bookstore, Cafe: Daily except Monday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Library and Documentation Center (must be 16 or older): Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 5 pm; Friday from noon to 6 pm; Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Reading Room for Comic Books (open to all): Same times as Library, as well as Sundays noon to 6 pm.
A Comic Strip Tour
Translated from French by William Moritz.
Philippe Moins is co-director of the Animation Festival of Brussels. He is also the regular animation reporter for the daily Belgian newspaper Le Matin (The Morning Paper).