Belgium is famous for its array of comic books, and in Brussels there is not only a Comic Museum but also a walking tour where the many fanciful characters escape the pages and can be found lurking on the walls of the city.
The most famous comic book character is Tin Tin, and here he is with the captain and his little dog dashing down a fire escape.Although technically not part of the walking tour, this is another character from Tin Tin, and he’s checking out an exhibit ‘under construction’ in the Comic Museum in Brussels, Belgium.
I love how many of them are designed to blend in with buildings they’re painted on, meaning that unsightly drain pipes and wires fit right in. I was told this is Ric Hochet in Europe but was known as Alan Falk in the English versions of the cartoon.
Gaston Lagaffe with his yo-yo.Broussaille and his girlfriend Catherine.
Thorgal, the famous Viking character and his wife Aaricia.
At the time I wasn’t sure if this is one of the murals but I liked it – it was just so Bruxeloises! Since then I have discovered that it is the character of Mister Jean who leads a day-to-day existence in Brussels.
This one wasn’t were listed but I think it counts, looking very much like a comic strip, and found at the one of the train stations in Brussels. At last count there were 60 murals throughout the city so it could take me several trips to Brussels to see them all! I also have to put these ‘statues’ in – although they are not murals, they are definitely comic characters and they all made me smile.Cat Lady on a Bike sculpture with me grinning in the background.Cartoons are probably to be expected from a city whose most famous sculpture is Mannekin Pis, here made out of ‘chocolate’ and about to devour a delicious 1€ waffle.
- The Visit Brussels web site for in-detail info about the murals and where to find them.
- More on Belgium (and Brussels).
- More of Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Wall.