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Comic strips

No fan of the art should miss a pilgrimage to Brussels.
Belgium is the birthplace of the comic strip and no fan of the art should miss a pilgrimage to Brussels.

Comic strip museums and documentation centres

There are no fewer than four comic strip museums in Brussels:

Comic strip tour

Comic strip characters are immortalized on Brussels murals.

Enjoy the huge murals depicting comic strip characters that grace a large number of walls in the various Brussels communes.

For more information and a map visit the visit.brussels website.
visit.brussels has also put together a Tintin Walk, which takes you deep into the world of the famous Brussels reporter and his creator Hergé.

The City of Brussels (one of the 19 communes of the Brussels-Capital Region) has renamed a host of streets after comics characters (FR/NL).

During your comic strip walking tour, you may want to rest your legs and take in some sustenance at one of Brussels’comics-themed cafés and restaurants (FR).

Comics festivals

Brussels makes good on its boast to be the comic strip capital of the world by hosting a number of comics festivals.

Where to buy comic strips

If you are a comic strip fan looking to bolster your collection, the four museums mentioned above each have their own comic-book shop. You could also visit one of the many specialised comic-book shops in Brussels (FR/NL). Most of them are on Boulevard Anspach and Boulevard Lemonnier or on Rue du Midi.

A comic book market (FR/NL) is also held on the first Sunday afternoon of every month inside and outside Halles Saint-Géry (depending on the weather). You can pick up new and second hand comic books there. Simply curious or avid collector, you’ll not want to miss the online auction site (FR) entirely devoted to the world of comics.

Practical information:

  • Belgian Comic Strip Center
    Rue des Sables 20, 1000 Brussels
    Phone: + 32 (0)2 219 19 80
    Email: visit@cbbd.be
    Online: www.cbbd.be
  • Maison de la bande dessinée
    - Jijé
    Boulevard de l'Impératrice 1, 1000 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 502 94 68
    Email: info@jije.org
    Online: www.jije.org (FR)
  • Marc Sleen Foundation and Museum
    Rue des Sables 33, 1000 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 219 19 80
    Email: visit@cbbd.be
    Online: www.marc-sleen.be
  • Museum of Original Figurines (MooF)
    Boulevard Auguste Reyers 32, 1030 Brussels
    Phone: + 32 (0)2 726 58 31
    Email: info@moof-museum.be
    Online: www.moof-museum.be (FR/NL)

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