The Extra’s

Les Enfants de Raymond

10/09 - 15/11

Belgian Comic Strip Center – 20 rue des Sables – 1000 Brussels

Brussels native Raymond Leblanc, creator of the TINTIN magazine and Belvision, the Belgian animation studio, nurtured the talent of several generations of major Franco-Belgian comic strip authors. The prize that bears his name continues his work by supporting young artists and financing the publication of a young author's work each year. The "Les Enfants de Raymond" exhibition invites you to discover the young comic strip creators of tomorrow.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00
price: access included in the museum entrance fee

Blows Books in the city!

10/09 - 10/10

Various locations in Brussels

The BLOW BOOK is a new window of graphical and narrative expression, in a small format for a low price. The author is in charge of their book from the front to the back cover. The publication is the size of a pack of cards, really fits into a pocket and can be passed from person to person. No collection instructions apart from the physical limits of format and pagination: 7.6 x 11.6 cm, 224 pages (colour or black & white). BLOW BOOKS are available from vending machines. These reduce the distance between Author and Reader and enable access to all at any time. Instead of sugary drinks or snacks, our ‘BLOW BOOK DISPENSERS’ offer non-perishable artisanal culture. All at the accessible price of EUR 5 (EUR 1 (20%) of which goes directly to the author). 

For the Comic Strip Festival, FOUR ‘BLOW BOOK DISPENSERS’ will be positioned in four places in the city. Each one will exclusively distribute one of our four new publications for a month, namely: 

  • BB No. 5: PLUTON by Quentin Roux: Where the reader is the sole actor in the narrative. This work by Quentin Roux with colouring by Dimitri Piot (author of BLOW BOOK No. 2: SALARYMAN) and Manuel in maieutics (author of BLOW BOOK No. 4: AU TRAVAIL). A narrative without words. BLOW BOOK DISPENSER at the BIP, Rue Royale. 

  • BB No. 6: AUTOPSIE D'UN DEPRESSIF, by Jean Bourguignon: Committing suicide may be the work of an entire life. In this voluble narrative, Jean Bourguignon erases all trace of reality in his fiction or is it all trace of fiction in his reality? A story in French.  BLOW BOOK DISPENSER at Galerie Bortier, in parallel with the JBGG exhibition. 

  • BB No. 7: LA COMETE, by Maxime Gillot: for her first publication, Maxime Gillot gives us a glimpse inside an electric pinball machine. A narration made legible by the juxtaposition of images. Life, like meaning, lies in movement. A narrative without words.  BLOW BOOK DISPENSER in Galerie Anspach. 

  • BB No. 8: RECHERCHES, by Lucien de Roeck: the discovery, sketch by sketch, proof by proof, of the elaboration of several creations by the graphic designer Lucien De Roeck (1915-2002), leading to the creation of his famous star logo at the EXPO 58. A heritage work designed by Jean-Michel Meyers and Philippe Capart, presented in three languages (French, Dutch and English). This BLOW BOOK and its DISPENSER will be ideally situated in the Atomium, which was also created for the 1958 universal exhibition. BLOW BOOK DISPENSER at the Atomium. 

  • A fifth BLOW BOOK DISPENSER, offering al the eight first titles in the collection, will also be available to the public at Galerie Bortier. 

Contact and info: 

BLOW BOOK ASBL
Galerie Bortier – 1000 Brussels
blowbook.eu@gmail.Com
+32 2 514 14 92
on FB: BLOWBOOK.EU
On Instagram blowbook.eu

From Peking to Hankou: a Belgian Adventure in China

10/09 - 10/10

Train World, Gare de Schaerbeek – 5, place Princesse Élisabeth – 1030 Schaerbeek

Belgian investment in China in the railway sector is often overlooked, but it was crucial to the country's development. At the beginning of the 20th century, the aim was to link the north and south of China by building more than 1,200km of railway between the cities of Peking (now Beijing) and Hankou (now Wuhan). The exhibition brings to life this incredible adventure, carried out by tens of thousands of workers over seven years. It was the result of a collaboration between Western and Chinese engineers, technicians, diplomats and financiers and was led by Jean Jadot, a 37-year-old Belgian engineer.

In addition to this historical adventure, the exhibition also presents the impressive development of railways in China today, through its high-speed network.

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 (last entry at 15:30)
price: access included in the museum entrance fee
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United Comics of Belgium

10/09 - 12/09

Belgian Comic Strip Center – 20 rue des Sables – 1000 Brussels

The Belgian Comic Strip Center always strives to highlight the effervescence of the contemporary Belgian comic strip scene. It has therefore entrusted the ABDIL (union of comic strip authors and illustrators) and the AKA (Belgian comic strip authors association) with the task of designing a "carte blanche" representative of Belgian comics in 2020 in all their diversity. United Comics of Belgium presents the work of 27 Belgian comics authors from various generations, genres and communities. They were selected by nine curators who are also authors. Each artist will exhibit a project they are currently working on or have published in the course of the year, whether it be original strips, digital works, installations, sculptures, etc.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00
price: access included in the museum entrance fee

Inside the Head of Charel Cambré

10/09 - 15/11

Belgian Comic Strip Center – 20 rue des Sables – 1000 Brussels

Welcome inside the mind of Charel Cambré, winner of the 2020 Adhémar de Bronze and known for comic book series such as Amoras, Spirou, Jump, Philippe & Mathilde, Pinanti United, Bob et Bobette - Les Juniors (Spike and Suzy junior), Heden Verse Vis, etc. The list is seemingly endless, as is the flood of ideas that seems to flow from his imagination every day. This exhibition gives an overview of his fast-moving career. Charel Cambré's head is anything but a peaceful haven. His motto: "Don't dawdle, go for it!

Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00
price: access included in the museum entrance fee

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JBGG : Cartoonist, not artist

10/09 - 10/10

Galerie Bortier, 7 - 1000 Bruxelles

Jean Bourguignon defines himself as ‘a cartoonist, not an artist’. For a quarter of a century, he has been contributing to illustrated periodicals whether they are printed in 2 or 200,000 copies. He tames his rants and expresses them in speech bubbles and figures. His interests lie in cartoon strips, vegetable gardens and alternative rock bands. For this event, he agreed to move his drawing archives to the heart of Galerie Bortier. An opportunity - as much as for us as for him - to rediscover these thousands of recorded gestures and words. Setting up for a month on this Brussels side street, he will continue his work on site for his own pleasure and that of the passers-by. 

Free entry

Exhibition of boards from the comic book "Invincible" by debutant Rafał Mikołajczyk (Booka Publishing House).

11/09  - 6 p.m.

Lodzkie House, Square Marie Louise 2, 1000 Bruxelles

The comic is based on a novel by the eminent Polish writer Stanisław Lem, whose year we are currently celebrating in Poland. Rafał Mikołajczyk's comic book achieved a spectacular success on the domestic publishing market and was nominated in the best Polish comic book category at the 31st International Festival of Comics and Games in Łódź. It also won other awards and numerous nominations. The plot of "Invincible" is a suspenseful story about a space rescue mission on a mysterious planet - it sounds like a classic of fantasy, but thanks to the wonderful graphics it gains the unique atmosphere of real events and the dark climate of an alien world.

Evening with Polish and Belgian comic book authors with audience participation.

11/09  - 6 p.m.

Lodzkie House, Square Marie Louise 2, 1000 Bruxelles

Kas and Graza (Zbigniew and Grażyna Kasprzak) will participate in the meeting. The event will include the opening of the exhibition, a showcase of the Center of Comics and Interactive Narratives of EC1 Lodz by Adam Radoń – Director of the Center and meetings with honorary guest artists from Belgium. During the evening, we will also present a special edition of a comic book about the Lodzkie Region „Pik and Robi”. Each participant of the evening will receive a copy of the

Le Secret des Espadons

30/09 - 16/04

Belgian Comic Strip Center – 20 rue des Sables – 1000 Brussels

The mythical work of Edgar P. Jacobs is honoured through this major exhibition, which aims to guide the public through the author's work as a whole. Did you know that The Secret of the Swordfish was the first volume in the Blake and Mortimer series? And that The Last Swordfish, the 28th volume of the series, will be published during the exhibition organised by the BCSC, on 19 November 2021?

The Swordfish will therefore act as the link between the series' birth and its 75th anniversary. It will also serve as the bridge between the original creator, Edgar P. Jacobs, and the author who made the revival of his work possible, Jean Van Hamme, one of the new album's authors. It's a beautiful way to rediscover the whole of Jacobs' work, while highlighting its astonishing topical relevance.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00
price: access included in the museum entrance fee