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All hands on deck for Spirou

August 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

In 2018 France and Belgium will celebrate a remarkable eighty years of Spirou. Spir-who? Spirou, created in 1938 by Rob-Vel for Dupuis, would become one of the two seminal characters of Franco- Belgian comics, and not...

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Comics magazine kuš, which is based in Latvia but very internationally focused, has just published its 29th issue, and with that is celebrating ten years of bringing experimental comics to the masses. The magazine was...

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Rotterdam comics museum closes its doors

August 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

A little while ago we reported on the Dutch election of their first Cartoonist Laureate, but the status of comics in the Netherlands is not all roses, sadly. Only last year, a new comics museum...

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Comics readers save book stores (in France)

July 31, 2017 | 1 Comments

A recent study by market researchers GFK has proven that, while most book stores still treat comics and graphic novels as something of a rarity, barely fit for a separate shelf, their buyers largely keep...

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All vote for the Dutch Cartoonist Laureate

July 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

On September 30th, the Netherlands will, for the first time, anoint their official Cartoonist Laureate, or Stripmaker Des Vaderlands. Like their poet counterpart, the winner of this grand title will promote the art of cartooning (and...

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Janis Joplin in comics

July 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

One could say that the very first time Janis Joplin appeared in comics-format, was on the sleeve of her first major studio recording,Cheap Thrills (with Big Brother and The Holding Company). That sleeve, created by underground god R....

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It may require some knowledge about both classic European comics and the history of the Beatles alike, but I for one have not laughed as hard with a cartoon recently as I did with this...

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A life of mountains

July 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the world of mountaineering, Italian climber Reinhold Messner is something of a legend. He was the first to climb all of the world’s fourteen 8,000+ meters peaks, and also the first to climb Mount...

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Enrico Marini takes on Batman

July 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

On his Facebook page, Italian cartoonist Enrico Marini announced last week that he is working an original Batman story, which will be published in two volumes on in November 2017 and Spring 2018 respectively. Marini...

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News from the world of Joost Swarte

July 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

For some reason, Dutch clear line guru Joost Swarte was in the news recently on quite a few occasions. We brought them together for you, so you wouldn’t have to. In the Belgian city of...

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