Brussels’ streets are tribute to the fact that Belgium has the impressive distinction of the most comic book authors per square mile in the world.
Brussels has proclaimed itself ‘the comic book capital of the world’. I haven’t been all over the world, but I can say that I have never seen a city that celebrates comic books more than Brussels.
With more 700 comic book authors in Belgium, the country has the slightly odd but still impressive distinction of having the most comic book authors per square mile in the world. Internationally known comic characters like the Smurfs and Tintin started in Belgium.
To follow the comic book trail, Brussels has a handful of new and used comic book shops, a Tintin boutique store, the Belgian Comic Strip Center with exhibits on the history of the art form, the Marc Sleen museum with exhibits of the work of the ‘living legend of Belgian Comic Strip Art in Flemish’, and more than 40 comic book murals scattered throughout the city.
I love how the murals connect to the history and culture of the city as well as adding some whimsy to wandering through the streets. I went on a walking tour of the city to track down as many of the comic walls as I could in two hours (with a few side stops to see the Grand Place and the Manneken Pis). I made it to these 13.