This week on the Artworks Feature, we’re taking you inside the pictorial world of the Bande Dessinée—the Graphic Novel. It’s an art-form that Belgians claim as their own—with Brussels as its spiritual home.
Now if you grew up with the stories of Tin Tin and Asterix, you might have been vaguely aware that they originated in Belgium.
But did you know of the reverence that Belgians have for their graphic storytellers—who they hold up alongside their greatest classical painters?
For Artworks, Michael Shirrefs visited Brussels to learn why, for Belgians, comic books are more than a passing phase of childhood.
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