A Walking Tour of the Comic Book Murals of Brussels, Belgium

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.

One of many cartoon murals on a wall in Brussels, BelgiumThe most famous comic book character is Tin Tin, and here he is with the captain and his little dog dashing down a fire escape.One of many cartoon murals on a wall in Brussels, Belgium, this one of the most famous TintinAlthough 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.
An exhibit 'under construction' in the Comic Museum in Brussels, BelgiumI 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.

Brussels Cartoon Mural on a Building WallGaston Lagaffe with his yo-yo.One of many cartoon murals on a wall in Brussels, BelgiumBroussaille and his girlfriend Catherine.
One of many cartoon murals on a wall in Brussels, BelgiumThorgal, the famous Viking character and his wife Aaricia.
One of many cartoon murals on a wall in Brussels, BelgiumAt 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.
A mural of a street scene on a wall in Brussels, Belgium 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!  Comics at the Train Station in BrusselsI also have to put these ‘statues’ in – although they are not murals, they are definitely comic characters and they all made me smile.A statue of a comic book characterCat Lady on a Bike sculpture with me grinning in the background.Cat Lady on a Bike sculpture with me grinning in the backgroundCartoons  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.Chocolate Mannekin Pis with a waffle in Brussels, Belgium

 

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3 responses to “A Walking Tour of the Comic Book Murals of Brussels, Belgium

  1. Wow! I will have to remember this for next time I ever make it to Brussels. I was there about 10 (errr. 14 as I guess I am getting older) years ago and completely missed such a fun exhibit like this to see over the town.

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