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Wall Art & Comics

June 13th, 2010

Early this year I took a trip to Brussels to visit a friend.

I’d visited Brussels only once before for a day. And that as a small child. The one enduring impression I had of the city then was the sheer amount of graffiti all over the place.

After my visit this time, I can certainly confirm that wall art is certainly big over there.

I hope to share with you a short a series on graffiti and wall art in Brussels soon. Meanwhile, this here is a picture of the very first thing I saw upon exiting the Brussels Midi train station following my arrival:

The image, which took up the entirety of the wall of a tall building, is a spectacular reference to all manner of comic books characters prominent in popular culture in Europe and which were created by Belgian artists.

You can see characters from and references to: The Smurfs, Tintin, Leonard,  Blake & Mortimer, Thorgal, Spirou, and many many more. Belgium has a long and illustrious history producing some of the best in comics and has been a major influencer in the development of comics in Europe. If you’d like to know more, see here and here.

More coming soon!

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