Having grown up on Tintin, it was really nice to see the Tintin related materials, from original strips to their evolution into their modern looks. It was also interesting to see the Smurf comics. However, while the rest of the exhibit was interesting, I felt a bit detached to the whole thing.
Wonderful display of comic arts especially The Smurfs and Tintin our fav! Excellent place for comic lovers. The place was hard to find, but worth the visit.
The man who introduced the Smurfs was Charles Depuis, a pioneering Belgian publisher of French-language comics, who gave out the first issue of "Le Journal de Spirou" in in response to "'Le Journal de Mickey" published four years earlier. His father Jean Depuis, the founder of publishing house Depuis, felt that Belgium needed something to compete with the cultural imperialism of the American Disney character Mickey Mouse and thus Spirou was born. Dupuis went into a period of rapid growth as comics became more popular in the late 's and 50's and in the Smurfs made their first appearance in Spirou magazine, as part of the comic "Johan and Peewit"'. The Smurfs, who quickly gained popularity, got their own strip a year after their debut and at the same time Dupuis went into merchandising with plastic PVC collectible Smurf figurines.
My familiarity with comic books ends at Archie and Casper the Ghost. My brother, on the other hand, has a comic book collection so massive it requires its own insurance policy. So when researching an upcoming trip to Belgium, known for its comic book tradition, I sought out his expertise.
In Brusselscomic strips are not limited to newspaper pages. Within an Art Nouveau warehouse building designed by Belgian architect Victor Horta, the Belgian Comic Strip Center gives a good understanding of not just the history behind comic strips but also their place within culture and society over time. Browsers and buyers may find comics in French, Dutch, English, German, and Spanish, making this the place to be for multilingual comic fanatics.
Fascinated more with drawing figures in the margins of his Latin textbook than in the study material itself, Peyo knew some academic failings before turning his attention to other things. His first job came in the form of assistant projectionist at a small movie theater called Le Mirano during the World War II years. It was here that he picked up a love for medieval films and science fiction, both of which would serve as inspiration in his later comics.
A magic Comic Strip Night! A ghost in the museum? No, it's the Comic Strip Night, a midsummer night with activities for all ages.
The Smurfs French : Les Schtroumpfs ; Dutch : De Smurfen is a Belgian comic franchise centered on a fictional colony of small, blue, human-like creatures who live in mushroom -shaped houses in the forest. The Smurfs was first created and introduced as a series of comic characters by the Belgian comics artist Peyo the pen name of Pierre Culliford inwherein they were known as Les Schtroumpfs. There are more than Smurf characters, and their names are based on adjectives that emphasise their characteristics, such as "Jokey Smurf", who likes to play practical jokes on his fellow smurfs.