Brussels Comic Strip Festival celebrates 70th anniversary of Franquin's Marsupilami

The Tour&Taxis ferry terminal in Brussels is hosting the BD Comic Strip Festival until tomorrow, September 11. This 2022 edition marks the 70th anniversary of André Franquin's famous Marsupilami. The comic book character and fictional animal species created by Franquin will be honoured throughout the festival.

The three-day event counts with activities for young and old on the program. Visitors can meet the authors of their favorite comic strips, have books signed, attend screenings, visit exhibitions and enjoy a friendly moment for the whole family. 

The festival aims to demonstrate how important the comic strip is for Belgium.

"Brussels is the comic strip capital of our country," says Jeroen Roppe of "For tourism, the strip is extremely important for Brussels." 

Franquin's imagination

The Marsupilami is an imaginary animal, comic strip character created by the Belgian cartoonist in 1952 for the newspaper Spirou. It is a marsupial, somewhat anthropoid. It is yellow with black spots and a very long tail, which measures eight meters.

The Marsupilami lives in Palombia, an imaginary country in South America, in the rainforest. Its nest is made of lianas, lined with feathers and decorated with flowers. According to its mood, it says "Houba", "Houbi", "Ba" or "Bi".





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