Brussels’ Comic Strip Walls (and other wall art)

Belgian comic books are well-known and there are plenty of choices. The Belgian comic strip industry is even amongst the three biggest comic strip industries in the world, together with Japan and the USA. Belgians are quite proud of their comic strips, and lately the strips have gained international success with films such as The Smurfs and Tintin.

Last summer, a friend and I decided to do part of the ‘Comic Book Route‘ in Brussels before heading to a Japanese restaurant some 20 minutes walk from the city centre. Here are just a few of the many wall paintings we could find.

Possibly the best-known is Tintin, as seen in the street of our little Manneken Pis.

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There isn’t only the art of comic strips on the walls of Brussels, but lots of other interesting and inspiring artistic creations can be found here and there as well.

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Apart from Comic Strip Walls, Brussels also has a very nice Comic Strip Museum. Though most of the comic strips which are on display here are in French, the museum is still a nice visit. The Central Station also boasts a museum with this theme, namely the MOOF (Museum of Original Figurines), which focuses on the 9th art in its 3D form.

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5 thoughts on “Brussels’ Comic Strip Walls (and other wall art)

  1. Oh my, I’m really bad at traditional comics. Of all of these I only know Tintin (who is called “Tim” in German, btw ^^) … Would you mind naming a few of the others if you know them? Maybe I’ve heard of them and just never read them 🙂

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    • Oh, he’s called Tim in German? That’s a rather plain name… 😛 In Dutch he’s called Kuifje, hehe ^^
      The pictures here are from De Jonge Albert/Le Jeune Albert, Rik Ringers/Ric Hochet (Rick Master in German), Ragebol/Broussaille and Victor Sackville. Out of these, I’ve heard of Rik Ringers and Ragebol before, but I never read any of them so don’t worry if you don’t know them ^^

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      • Kuifje? That sounds more interesting 😀 The doggie is called “Struppi” ^^ (“struppig” means something like “shaggy” or “scrubby” and fits its fur.)
        Ooooookay, I’ve never even heard of them, but thanks for enlightening me! 😀

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      • Kuifje means uhm Kamm I think in German 😀 Oh nice, that’s a funny name for the dog ^^
        Hehe you’re welcome! There are a few better known murals around, but I have no photos of them so that might be for some post in the future 😀

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