To celebrate the year of the comic strip, Brussels is doing more than just host the 2009 comic book celebrations.
Just outside the city is the town of Louvain-la-Neuve, which recently became the home of the Hergé Museum.
Many North American readers probably never had the luck of getting to read much of the comic book work of Hergé, but anyone with European roots probably grew up reading his Tintin stories.
In fact, Tintin is one of the most popular comic strips ever created, and had a 54 year run, selling over 200 million books.
So, if you find yourself in Brussels, and want to learn more about Tintin and his creator, head down to the museum. The museum was opened on May 22nd, but won’t be open to the general public till June 2nd.
When it comes to exports, Belgium may be better known for its fantastic beer and chocolates, but one of its most successful export products is actually comic books.
Some of the most popular comic book names in the world are from Belgium, including the Smurfs (by Peyo), Tintin (by Herge) and of course Asterix and Obelix (by Goscinny et Uderzo).
To celebrate their success in the comic book world, Brussels has been chosen to host the 2009 year of the “comic strip”.
All of this is of course in addition to the many other things Brussels has to offer. Visitors to Brussels can find a one-stop source of activities at Brusselsinternational.be.