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Museum to honor Herge, the Disney of Belgium

Posted by David Lyon  February 17, 2009 10:32 AM

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I had great fun walking around Brussels and looking at the comic book murals for “A serious devotion to comics on display” in last Sunday's Travel section, but I did feel one thing was missing: much evidence of the work of Georges Prosper Remi, better known by his pen name, Hergé. When he created Tintin the reporter back in 1929, he revolutionized comic art in Europe the way that Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse changed everything in the United States. I’d wager that without Hergé, there would never have been the graphic novel. I just learned last week that a museum devoted to Hergé’s life and work will finally open in June after two years of construction. It sits practically next to the railway station in the village of Louvain -- La-Neuve, built in the shape of an elongated prism which seems to float on the forest of ancient trees. All the more reason to go back! Besides, Brussels itself is opening a René Magritte Museum on June 2.

Tintin and Hergé, depicted in the Brussels Comic Book Museum
Photo by David Lyon for the Boston Globe

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