While most people around the world associate comics and cartoons with Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, the Peanuts strip of Snoopy and Charlie Brown, the irrepressible Garfield or Calvin and Hobbes, and superheroes like Batman, Superman and Spiderman, in Europe there is a whole different appreciation of La Bande Dessinée - “the comic strip”.
While everyone knows the most famous Belgian creation, Hergé’s intrepid reporter Tintin, there is a whole universe of weird and wonderful characters waiting to be discovered - the laconic cowboy Lucky Luke and his dastardly enemies, the Dalton brothers, a strange, bouncing imaginary animal, the Marsupilami, the cheerful Smurfs - known here as “Les Schtroumpfs” - and those “très British” detectives, Blake and Mortimer.
The Hergé Museum in Louvain-La-Neuve (Walloon Brabant)
The sleek modern museum does look not just at all those famous “Adventures of Tintin”, but the whole artistic output - paintings, sculpture, photography, film - of this prolific creator. For a comprehensive introduction to this amazing new place, please read Introduction to the Hergé Museum