Treasures from across the continent
Until the end of this year, Belgium acts as President of the European Council. On that occasion, the Belgian Comics Centre presents a rather exquisite collection of original comic art by fifty creators from all over Europe. World famous cartoonist like Alain de Saint-Ogan, Hugo Pratt or Hergé share the walls of the exhibition with creators that rose to fame more recently, like Posy Simmonds, Joann Sfar or Ruben Pellejero, or creators that have a more regional appeal, such as Jef Nys or Willy Vandersteen.
The exhibition is particularly important, since many of the exhibits are quite old and are often held in private collections. And even though countries with a rich comic tradition are abundantly represented in the exhibition, its curators have taken great care to ensure that they also included examples from countries that are not that well-known.
The expo runs until the 6th of March 2011, but if you go before the 9th of January, you can also still visit the rather lovely exhibit about the Atelier Jijé, the studio that Jijé, Franquin, Morris and Will shared for a while in the 1950’s, and where they lay the groundwork for what later would be called the Marcinelle School. The French comics news site Bodoï recently paid a visit to this exhibit, and made a beautiful photo report. More info on both exhibitions at the Belgian Comics Centre website.