Comics Art Museum

Rue des Sables 20 Zandstraat - 1000 Brussels

Comics Art Museum

  • Railway station at 650 m
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General

General

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 and Tintin unite their forces to unveil to the visitors all comic strip secrets, through permanent and temporary exhibitions covering the works from the pioneers to the most recent trends of the 9th art.
Practical information

Practical information

Information for individuals

  • Opening times
    Every day (except Monday and Tuesday in June): from 10.00 to 18.00 • Closed 01/01 and 25/12
  • Price
    Adults €10 - 65+ €8 - youngsters (12-25) €7 - children (6-11) €3.50 - children (<6) free of charge.
  • Tour length

    90 minutes

Information for groups

  • Opening times
    • Monday Closed
    • Tuesday Closed
    • Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
    • Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
    • Friday 10:00 - 18:00
    • Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
  • Price
    (min. 15 people) adults €8 - youngsters (>12) €5 - children (<12) €3.50
  • Guided tour
    (EN, FR, NL, DE, ES, IT, GR, DA, SW) : 1 1/2 hrs - €75 per guide (max. 25 people) - Discounts for school groups - Please book at least 2 weeks in advance (website, e-mail or phone)
  • Information
    "Comic Book" tours in the historic quarter (subject to prior booking): 2 1/2 hrs - €135 - Discounts for school groups
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Itinerary

  • Close to Central Station • Public Transport : bus, tram and metro (Rogier).
    • Paying Public Car Parkings.
Events

Events

  • 2019
    Jun
    25
    2020
    Aug
    31
    Billy and Buddy, Sixty Years of Everyday Happiness
    Billy and Buddy, Sixty Years of Everyday Happiness
    • Opening times

      25/06/2019 - 31/08/2020: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

    • Price

      Normal: 10,00 € - Enfants: 3,50 € - Jeunes: 7,00 € - Senior: 8,00 €

    Apart from being a great story of friendship and humour, Billy and Buddy is first of all a poetic theatre. The series was first released by the graphic artist Jean Roba in the comic magazine Spirou in 1959. With the help of some 1,500 gags and nigh on 40 beautiful hardback comic books, the series caught the imagination of three generations of children. The main ingredients of the success are the close bond between Billy, a little boy, and his dog and a tender sense of humour. The parents too soon became enthralled with the series, as they loved the way in which the author managed to perfectly translate the universal world of childhood, family, relationships with the surrounding world, into gags, starting with the pets. The latter actually seem to have a really good insight into the human mind… The adventures of Billy and Buddy were translated into some 15 languages, and from 1969 onwards they were turned into several animated television series. They subsequently also became the subject of a feature film in French with the actor Frank Dubosc playing the part of Billy’s father (2013 and 2017). In 2003, Jean Roba put Laurent Verron in charge of the production of the comic books. Since 2017, the series has been in the capable hands of two new artists: Bastide (graphic artist) and Cazenove (scriptwriter). They now walk in the footsteps of this great Belgian master. With an amusing glimpse into the human condition, an environment of love and tenderness that needs to be preserved, as well as a certain feeling of nostalgia for all those ingredients that make for a simple and happy life, the portrayal of a dog’s life surrounded by a pet tortoise and the birds in the trees; the exhibition reminds us, as Saint-Exupéry once wrote, that one is the product of one’s childhood as one is the product of one’s country. So, we all somewhat belong to the country of Billy and Buddy. Or at least, that is what we aspire to. Jean Auquier, Belgian Comic Strip Center

  • 2019
    Dec
    10
    2020
    Sep
    13
    Pico Bogue and his family
    Pico Bogue and his family
    • Opening times

      10/12/2019 - 13/09/2020: * monday and tuesday: closed * wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

    • Price

      Normal: 10,00 € - Enfants: 3,50 € - Jeunes: 7,00 € - Senior: 8,00 €

    In this original series Belgian author Alexis Dormal illustrates the scripts of his mother, Dominique Roques. Their work finds inspiration in their everyday life and comic strip characters such as Calvin & Hobbes or Mafalda. Working closely together, the mother and son team creates a gentle, vivid and mischievous world, illustrated in watercolours for added spontaneity and flow. Pico Bogue is a naughty little boy who is growing up in his family with his little sister Ana Ana. His sometimes-scathing repartee often echoes the challenges and contradictions of the world today. Depicted in his day-to-day life, with his family, at school or on holiday, Pico has a curious mind and often questions his nearest and dearest. By talking about love, friendship, art and the meaning of life, the series touches on universal themes which speak to each and every one of us and are close to our heart. The Belgian Comics Art Museum is delighted to invite young and old to discover this endearing world which is packed with humour and good humour! Exhibition curator: Mélanie Andrieu ith the support of the Brussels-Capital Region.

  • 2020
    Jun
    03
    2020
    Nov
    08
    Juanjo Guarnido, the Workshop Secrets of a Master
    Juanjo Guarnido, the Workshop Secrets of a Master
    • Opening times

      03/06/2020 - 08/11/2020: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

    • Price

      Normal: 10,00 € - Enfants: 3,50 € - Jeunes: 7,00 € - Senior: 8,00 €

    Famous for his amazing series Blacksad, Juanjo Guarnido is an author whose artistic talent soon swept him to foreign shores. He was born in Spain in 1967, and he has been passionately drawing since his early childhood. After studying at the School of Fine Arts in Granada, and following numerous collaborations in fanzines, he worked on television series in Madrid and later became part of the animation team at the Walt Disney studios in Montreuil on the outskirts of Paris. He worked hand in glove with the scriptwriter Juan Diaz Canales to create his first comic book entitled ‘Quelque part entre les ombres’ [Somewhere between the shadows], which in the USA is simply called Blacksad (Dargaud, 2000), in which he plunges the reader right into the heart of the USA of the 1950s and into the investigations of the private detective John Blacksad. To date, this animal-based series has been translated into several languages and has a huge following. Guarnido excels in watercolour drawings and in creating ambiances. Whether this be set in a dark dank alley or in the bright sunshine of New Orleans, this master’s brushes simply do wonders. He also created the drawings for Sorcelleries [Witchcraft] (Dargaud), which recounts the adventures of a fairy in the country of witches written by Teresa Valero. With Alain Ayrolles as the scriptwriter, he is now working on a new series by the name of Les Indes Fourbes [The Treacherous Indies] (Delcourt), which is set in the Spanish Golden Age and the New World. The exhibition will feature his first pencil sketches up to his completed drawings, and visitors can come and explore the fascinating universe of this famous contemporary author! Exhibiton curator: Mélanie Andrieu

  • 2020
    Sep
    29
    2020
    Nov
    22
    Little Furry
    Little Furry
    • Opening times

      29/09/2020 - 22/11/2020: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: closed

    This fun exhibition is vividly colourful and invites children to project themselves into the comic strip boxes whilst giving their parents clues about the ways and means of storytelling to get the story across, stories that can be both exciting and educational.

  • 2020
    Dec
    08
    2021
    May
    23
    Brüno
    Brüno
    • Opening times

      08/12/2020 - 23/05/2021: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: closed

    After his outstanding Inner City Blues, Biotope, Commando colonial and Atar Gull, Brüno has now shot to fame with Tyler Cross, which is a series of noir detective novels devised in collaboration with Fabien Nury, who also shares his fascination for the spellbinding and nightmarish America which continues to inspire them.