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Comic Strip Festival gets bigger, bolder and rewarding too!

The Annual feature for the comic lovers of the world is here again. If you love comics, than you have enough time to plan for this once in a lifetime trip to the European Capital as Brussels is holding its 8th annual Comic Strip Festival from 1st to 3 September 2017. From their beginning at the turn of the century, Belgian comics have really become famous the world over. Many illustrators and writers from our country and its capital are well-known beyond its borders. That is reason enough to dedicate a weekend to this rich cultural heritage.

Bande Dessinée Mur BD Stripmuur Le jeune Albert (c) Olivier van de Kerchove

For its 8th running, the Brussels Comic Strip Festival is marking the occasion with its fair share of new things. Beyond the traditional Balloon’s Day Parade, conferences, and autographs, the event will literally expand its scope. The festival will award Europe’s biggest prizes, offer premiere film and manga screenings, madcap performances, and many other original activities.

Fete de la Bd – Stripfeest (c)VISITBRUSSELS -E.Danhier

Since its debut in 2010, the Brussels Comic Strip Festival has become the main event for comics fans. Young and old, novices and experts, all share a passion for the ninth art and come together each year to participate in the variety of activities on offer. More than 100,000 people and some 250 famous authors gather every year. For this 2017 edition, the essential events are definitely on the schedule: autograph sessions, the predecessors of the great Oldtimer Rally, the Balloon’s Day Parade and many more. There’s a whole range of activities to delight everyone.

© visit.brussels – Eric Danhier – 2017

Festival also gets a new prestigious location. Besides the Parc de Bruxelles, le Brussels Comic Strip Festival will take over the prestigious setting of Brussels’ Palais des Beaux-Arts, BOZAR. Two new places that pair phenomenally well together for the Brussels Comic Strip Festival. Festival-goers will be able to stroll along as they please, enjoying countless activities and novelties on offer wherever they go. From hundreds of autograph signings to premiere cartoon screenings and multiple exhibitions and encounters with professionals, ninth art fans will have plenty to keep them entertained. For the first time in its history and thanks to its new set-up at Bozar, the Brussels Comic Strip Festival will also be able to offer premiere film screenings!

Fete de la BD – Stripfeest

Comic strip writing has become something of an endangered activity in these last few years, with the industry’s professionals often finding it hard to make a living from it. As the organisers of the Comic Strip Festival, visit.brussels has been working in close collaboration with the Brussels-Capital Region in a bid to show its support for the creative process and bring existing initiatives together by launching a series of awards, most of which will be in cash and will allow the winners to fund their work. Offering €100,000 in prize money, a total of seven awards have already been confirmed, with several more in line to be added to the list between now and September.

Jean-David Morvan

Brussels Comic Strip Festival will award some brand new comics prizes for the first time: The Atomium Prizes, during a gala evening when no less than €100,000 will be awarded for the best new works from the past year. French comics writer, Jean-David is the sponsor of the Atomium Prizes. Jean-David Morvan will be on hand at his exhibition throughout the Brussels Comic Strip Festival. There he will discuss his work and welcome his main contributors to his couch. His contributors will come and show him (as well as the audience) their new panels, answer questions, improvise autograph sessions and other original performances.

This year the Brussels Comic Strip Festival is also celebrating good old Gaston’s 60th birthday. To mark the occasion, the Spirou Festival is inviting the famous, sixty-year-old lazybones to the Brussels Comic Strip Festival. An exhibition, a musical performance, conferences – it will be impossible to miss this perennial blunderer.

Over these three days, the European capital will eat, sleep, and breathe comics. A little train will travel around town and stop at the essential Ninth Art destinations around Brussels (Comics Art Museum, the MOOF, murals, book stores, etc.), free guided tours will bring visitors to see comics murals, many organisations from the Brussels-Capital Region will offer activities and discounts related to the Ninth Art. In short, from 1-3 September 2017, comics will be on the menu just about everywhere!

The Brussels Comic Strip Festival has become more international over the last two years. As part of the MIXITY.2017 year and in keeping with the diverse nationalities that call Brussels home, the booths and activities on offer are multi-cultural and multi-lingual. Languages will be well represented: in addition to the three national languages, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and even Korean will be heard. Clear information available in several languages will be included in the Brussels Comic Strip Festival programme. The Brussels Comic Strip Festival is a Brussels-Capital Region initiative with the support of the City of Brussels and the COCOF, coordinated by visit.brussels.

Eroticism in comics

The 2017 Brussels Comic Strip Festival is taking advantage of its new setting to offer a number of comics-themed exhibitions. Numerous exhibitions will be held there, allowing visitors to explore certain iconic realms of the 9th Art. There will even be an exhibition devoted to eroticism in comics behind closed doors.

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Your fantasy world awaits you!

It’s finally that time of the year again! And, its Brussels again!! European and Belgian capital brings another of its amazing events- a celebration of geek culture.

comic-con4Comic Con Brussels returns to the buildings of Tour&Taxis during the weekend of Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February 2017. Thousands of fans, Cosplayers and other visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the world of science fiction, fantasy and contemporary pop culture of the immensely popular comic books. Comic Con Brussels is an event entirely dedicated to Pop Culture in all its forms: comic, manga, fantasy, sci-fi & horror, gaming and Cosplay. You will find famous actors and authors for signing sessions, a Gaming Area, Fan Clubs, a cosplay contest and many thematic stands. It’s a Con that brings together all the things you love:MOVIES, GAMING, COMICS, MANGA, COLLECTIBLES, ANIME, TV, CLOTHING, TOYS AND GADGETS AND A LOT MORE!

comic-con1Comic Con Brussels wants to offer fans a total experience, which naturally also means inviting several international stars. Autograph hunters should prick up their ears because the list is quite long. With the actor Dirk Benedict, fans are in for a double treat. Many of us known him as Face in the popular series The A-Team but he also played Lt. Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica. We are also pleased to welcome the one and only Sam Jones, better known to audiences as Flash Gordon (with the eponymous soundtrack by Queen), another Eighties era gem who also starred in the blockbuster movie Ted by Seth MacFarlane. And how about a one-off, exclusive European appearance by Kevin Eastman, the original designer and inventor of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? And it wouldn’t be a real fantasy convention without Star Wars of course. Which is why Comic Con Brussels is proud to present an impressive list to mark the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: Paul Blake, or the bounty hunter Greedo in the legendary “Who shot first” scene with Han Solo, Anna Brewster who played the spy  Bazine Netal  in The Force Awakens, Femi Taylor or Oola, Garrick Hagon better known as Biggs, Luke Skywalker ‘s best friend in Star Wars : A New Hope and Michael Carter whom audiences will remember as Bib Fortuna will all be travelling to Brussels. Finally these two big names complete the already impressive line-up: Julian Glover (Grand Maester Pycelle in Game Of Thrones) and James Duva (Frank The Bunny in the cult classic Donnie Darko).

comic-con3But there is more to Comic Con Brussels than meeting international guests. There are hundreds of booths where you can browse some extraordinary merchandise and find fun gadgets, unique games, comics or T-shirts of that one series you have been a fan of for years. You can also learn a lot at Comic Con Brussels. Check out the many workshops where visitors can learn how to wield a Lightsaber, race real drones or enrol in a real Jedi Academy (especially for our youngest visitors, who enjoy free admission)! Do you think you know all there is to know about creating amazing costumes?  Then why not enter the Cosplay contest, which will be judged this year by the internationally renowned Cosplayer Nicole Marie Jean(USA) for a chance to win a 1,000-euro cash prize?

comic-con5This year’s hosts of Comic Con Brussels are the comedian and singer Alex Agnew and the British comedian Matthew Highton. A sure bet that this event will be a barrel of laughs.

comic-con2Whether you’re interested in fab costumes, international stars or plenty of unique merchandise, Comic Con Brussels is an entertaining and amazing event for people of all ages in the magnificent buildings of Tour & Taxis in Brussels.

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Smurfs are coming to Brussels Ice Magic!

Bringing cartoons to life... ice Photo: VISITBRUSSELS/E.Danhier
Bringing cartoons to life… ice Photo: VISITBRUSSELS/E.Danhier

After Tintin it is now turn of the Smurfs. From Friday 24 to Sunday 26 January, the Smurfs will be joining the ice sculpture fun of Brussels Ice Magic for a special weekend that promises to be packed with surprises. Totally dedicated to the world of cartoons, the festival will be inviting a very special guest for the occasion: Smurfette! Plus, for the whole weekend, all visitors who come to the ticket office with a Smurf album will be offered a €2 discount on their ticket. What’s more, real fans of the little blue imps who come dressed up as one of Peyo’s characters will be able to get in to the ice sculpture festival for free. Just this once, even “Gargamel” will be welcome!

Plenty of smurfy activities are lined up!

Cartoons lined up on snow ramp!!  Photo: VISITBRUSSELS/E.Danhier
Cartoons lined up on snow ramp!! Photo: VISITBRUSSELS/E.Danhier

Have you always wanted to meet Smurfette? 

Then save the date in your diary! She will be wandering round the exhibition on Saturday and Sunday at around 11am, 2pm and 3.30pm (unless there are any changes to her busy schedule).

Signing sessions

Throughout the weekend, Smurf albums will be available to buy at the event. And on Sunday 26 January between 3pm and 5pm, the artist Pascal Garray will be signing albums for the first 50 fans to come along with a comic book that they’ve bought at the festival.

Smurf competition

From Friday 24 to Sunday 26 January, when they buy their ticket for Brussels Ice Magic, visitors will be given the chance to enter a huge competition. The prizes include lots of fantastically smurfy gifts for the whole family!

The Smurfs and the enchanting world of Peyo

Of all the heroes of European cartoons, the Smurfs have become some of the most popular on an international stage. Famous all around the world, translated into more than 30 languages, the little blue imps created by Pierre Culliford, otherwise known as Peyo, have had no fewer than 3,500 pages of adventures in 31 albums and 219 short stories. Today, the Smurfs’ world has also been portrayed in films, animated cartoons, educational books and teaching materials, figurines, toys and mobile apps.

Exceptional temperatures on the Place des Palais in Brussels!

Winter has well and truly arrived in Brussels. In fact, on the Place des Palais, temperatures of – 10°C to – 12°C have already been recorded! Maybe that’s something to do with Brussels Ice Magic… Until 9 February, visitors can come inside the thermally insulated pavilion covering 1,100m2 to admire a whole new world of fantasy dedicated to cartoons. For this festival, 25 international artists have transformed 420 tonnes of ice into the most popular and most surprising characters from Belgian and international cartoons.

So far, nearly 60,000 visitors have already been able to admire a series of incredible cartoon heroes and scenes in a wonderfully Christmassy atmosphere, each one even bigger than the last. Some of the icy creations are no less than 7.5m tall.

Brussels Ice Magic celebrates Tintin’s 85th b’day today

BRUSSELS ICE MAGIC 2013 _ �VISITBRUSSELS_E.DanhierTintin is celebrating his 85th birthday today, 10th January, and Brussels Ice Magic – which is entirely dedicated to comic strips – is taking part in the festivities. Thus from Friday 10 January to Sunday 12 January, every visitor arriving at the ticket desk with a Tintin album will receive a €2 discount on the entrance price. On Saturday 11 January, mega-fans dressing up as one of the many
Tintin characters will be allowed free entry to the ice-sculpture festival. Even ‘Snowies’ will be welcome.

Winter has well and truly arrived in Brussels, with temperatures recorded on the Paleizenplein/Place des Palais ranging from +10°C to – 12°C! This is all down to Brussels Ice Magic. Until 9 February, in an eco-thermal pavilion 1100 m² in size, visitors had the chance to discover a fantasy world entirely devoted to comic strips. 420 tons of ice has been sculpted by 25 international artists into the most extraordinary and well-known comic heroes from both Belgium and abroad.

BRUSSELS ICE MAGIC 2013 _ �VISITBRUSSELS_E.DanhierMore than 60,000 visitors have so far already been able to enjoy a unique, winter atmosphere. A striking arrangement of comic strip characters and scenes, with some of them larger than others. Certain ice structures reach up to 7.5 meters in height, including among others Marlinspike Hall, where Tintin and his four-legged friend ‘Snowy’ have been depicted in ice.

At the weekend of 24 January, it is the Smurfs who come under the spotlight. Brussels Ice Magic is open every day uninterrupted from 11 am to 10 pm (11 pm on Fridays and  Saturdays), until 9 February 2014. Warm clothing is recommended for Brussels Ice Magic (-6°C). Brussels Ice Magic is accessible for persons with limited mobility.