Comics Art Museum

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The Comics Art Museum, an accomplished attraction located in the heart of Brussels!

In an exceptional Art Nouveau building designed by Victor Horta, the Smurfs lead the way to all comic strip secrets, through permanent and temporary exhibitions covering the works from the pioneers to the most recent trends of the 9th art.
  • Close to Central Station • Public Transport : bus, tram and metro (Rogier, Botanique).
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  • 2,6 Rogier - Botanique
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  • Opening times

    29/09/2020 - 09/01/2022: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

  • Price

    Normal: 12,00 € - Enfants: 5,00 € - Jeunes: 7,00 € - Senior: 9,00 € - museumpassmusées: 0,00 € - Article 27: 1,25 €

The Belgian author Midam has always nurtured the art of laughter, right from his earliest drawings to his most recent works, and he has poured all of his talent into gag comics. The Kid Paddle comic books, which are world-famous and have been translated into numerous languages, epitomise the very essence of this comical universe which has become the mainstay of Belgian comic strip art. Having started drawing at a very young age, Midam gained a foothold in the profession by joining the Spirou team, and produced numerous drawings to add interest to the comic magazine’s articles. He brought the character of Kid Paddle onto the scene from 1993 onwards, and the video games of the latter’s adventures became a tremendous hit with the general public. In 2003, he started creating the Game Over series to further expand this universe, featuring the adventures of the little barbarian or ‘Petit Barbare’, Kid’s virtual avatar. Midam was perfectly attuned to current trends and developed spin-off products of the series. In addition, he set up a dedicated website on which he invited internet users to come up with ideas for scripts. At the same time, the author was devising adventures for Grrreeny, the little environmental tiger, and comic books in collaboration with Mythic, Clarke and Adam. In recent years, Midam’s love for pure drawing has been rekindled, and he is now illustrating in direct colour, and exploring the universe of the Blorks. The latter are emblematic monsters which he either fossilises onto canvas, or reminiscent of the American brands in the ‘New Blork City’ series, he turns them into works of Art in the form of sculptures, illustrations and paintings. Midam has created a very special and identifiable world in which humour rules the roost. This exhibition provides an insight into 20 years of creativity, and focuses on the main stages in his career, whilst leaving the author to give the explanations. The ‘Itinerary of a Kid from Brussels’ invites the visitors to (re)discover the universe of a creative author, who is constantly reinventing his artistic approach to surprise us and to make us laugh out loud, time and time again, and forever more… Mélanie Andrieu – Exhibition Organiser An exhibition organised by the Belgian Centre of Comic Strip Art With the support of the Brussels-Capital Region, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, and the Flemish Community Commission

  • Opening times

    23/06/2021 - 15/11/2021: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

  • Price

    Normal: 12,00 € - Enfants: 5,00 € - Jeunes: 9,00 € - museumpassmusées: 0,00 € - Senior: 8,00 € - Article 27: 1,25 €

Welcome to the mind of Charel Cambré, winner of the 2020 Bronzen Adhemar and known for comic book series such as Amoras,Spirou, Jump, Filip & Mathilde, Pinanti United, Spike and Suzy (Junior), Heden Verse Vis etc. The list is almost endless, as is the stream of ideas that seems to flow from his brain every day. This exhibition attempts to give an overview of his fast-paced career, and focuses on the skill that the Belgian demonstrates in each case. This exhibition does not claim to be exhaustive, as this is impossible in Cambré's case. By the time you read this, chances are he has already started a new comic book series, drawn five cartoons and walked his dog. There is no rest in Charel Cambré's head. His motto: "Don't hesitate, just do it!” Curator: Kurt Morissens An exhibition of the Comics Art Museum in collaboration with www.stripgids.org.

  • Opening times

    09/07/2021 - 09/01/2022: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

  • Price

    Normal: 12,00 € - Enfants: 5,00 € - Jeunes: 9,00 € - Senior: 9,00 € - museumpassmusées: 0,00 € - Article 27: 1,25 €

From the first cartoons published in the press to the most recent webtoons, through popular characters and major series, The Rise of Korean comics invites visitors to discover the dynamics and diversity of Korean comics. By tracing more than 100 years in its development, it reveals a creative industry as a witness of its time, in perpetual evolution. Through several artist portraits and a selection of representative works, the exhibition gives an account of the richness of creation over the years. Visitors will be able to travel back in time to a "manhwabang", an essential reading place that developed in the country from the 1960s. They will then discover the decisive stage of manhwa, which became increasingly popular. From the 2000s, comics are also made and read digitally and Korean webtoons gradually start spreading around the world. On paper, on the internet or on our smartphones, Korean comics are always adapting to entertain readers. Reflecting their time, they never stop evolving and have not finished surprising us ! Curators : Mélanie Andrieu – Sah Hwangyu An exhibition in collaboration with the Korea Manhwa Museum and the Korean Cultural Center of Brussels.

  • Opening times

    11/09/2021 - 10/10/2021: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

  • Price

    Normal: 12,00 € - Enfants: 5,00 € - Jeunes: 7,00 € - Senior: 9,00 € - museumpassmusées: 0,00 € - Article 27: 1,25 €

Raymond Leblanc, founder of Tintin magazine and Belvision studios, has given a break to several generations of leading lights of Franco-Belgian comic strips. When he was alive, the Belgian comic strip publisher — who liked to think of himself as a businessman, a talent scout and a man of projects who made things happen — had one wish, that his eponymous association (originally a foundation) would really make a difference in the comics industry today. Tintin magazine had driven the expansion and development of Franco-Belgian comics and helped establish them as an art genre in their own right. In 2006, when he was almost 91 years of age, he still wanted to make a meaningful contribution by giving his name to the Prize of Young Creators (Prix de la jeune creation). What he certainly did not want was to “create just another prize with a trophy that would gather dust on the mantelpiece”. The prize was to offer tangible assistance to launch new names in the industry. Each year, one project is awarded a grant and a publishing contract with in rotation, the publishing houses Lombard, Futuropolis and Casterman. Today, the exhibition 'Raymond’s Children' introduces you to the up-and-coming comic strip stars of tomorrow. With artwork by the winners of the 2021 Prize, as well as former editions.

  • Opening times

    30/09/2021 - 16/04/2022: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

  • Price

    Normal: 12,00 € - Enfants: 5,00 € - Senior: 9,00 € - Jeunes: 9,00 € - museumpassmusées: 0,00 € - Article 27: 1,25 €

At a time when America reigned supreme over realistic comics with Flash Gordon, Dick Tracy, Mandrake, the Phantom, Jungle Jim, Tarzan or Prince Valiant, Edgar P. Jacobs was the first Belgian author to rival the aesthetic perfection and narration of comics. In 1943, the artist was nearly 40 years old when he created The 'U' Ray in Bravo! magazine, the first science-fiction comic strip 'made in Belgium'. Impressed by his talent, Hergé hired him as a collaborator and convinced the Brussels publisher Raymond Leblanc to integrate him into the editorial staff of the future newspaper Tintin. For the first issue, Edgar P. Jacobs imagined the scenario of a contemporary story on the theme of the Third World War: The Secret of Swordfish. It was an immediate and dazzling success. The publication of this seminal story of the adventures of Blake and Mortimer kept readers on the edge of their seats from 26 September 1946 to 8 September 1949. The Secret of Swordfish broke with the Franco-Belgian tradition of naive young heroes turned to unbridled action and the 144-plate plot prefigured the modern graphic novel. Edgar P. Jacobs worked on the psychology of the characters, taking manic care with the credibility of the settings and the drama of the colours. Published in two volumes in 1950 and 1953, The Secret of Swordfish was reissued as a complete book in 1964. Seventy-five years after its creation, the anniversary exhibition The Secret of the Swordfish takes a behind-the-scenes look at this masterpiece of the 9th Art and into the intimacy of its visionary creator. Plates, sketches, objects and personal accessories of Edgar P. Jacobs await you. Accompanied by your smartphones, follow the panels in augmented reality, bring the heroes to life, share their emotions and above all discover the secret of the Swordfishes! Curators: Daniel Couvreur and Eric Dubois