Comic Strip Festival

This year Brussels hosts the 8 annual Comic Strip Festival!

Each year the Brussels Comic Strip Festival is the main event for all comic strip fans. Whether young or old, amateur or expert, tourist or Brussels local, merchant or buyer, there is something for everyone in the wide variety of activities on offer.

But for 8 thedition, the Brussels Comic Strip Festival is reinventing itself. Indeed, this year the Festival is setting aside its marquees and expanding into some outstanding spaces while remaining free of charge. BOZAR, the magnificent Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, will take part in the festivities by serving as a playground for the Brussels Comic Strip Festival on 1, 2, and 3 September 2017 in addition to Parc de Bruxelles. 

These two locations play off of each other very well due to their close proximity, making the Comic Strip Festival even better. It is on this dual playground that the Comic Strip Festival will set up the wide variety of activities that have made it famous: autographs, activities, conferences, workshops, exhibitions...

  • Gaston is turning 60!

    2017 commemorates Gaston's 60th birthday! To mark the occasion, the Spirou Festival is inviting the famous lazybones to the Brussels Comic Strip Festival. That's all he needed to leave his mark everywhere: on the event poster, in the Balloon's Day Parade, in the conference rooms and even in an exhibition.

  • Publishers spaces

    As is the case every year, the big-name publishers set up shop at the Brussels Comic Strip Festival and offer an extraordinary programme for all of their fans! With hundreds of authors available to sign autographs, activities for younger children, conferences for older visitors, and competitions just about everywhere, there is something for everyone!

    • Editions Glénat will give top billing to Zep and his enfant terrible, Titeuf, on the occasion of the release of his new album.
    • the Spirou Festival invites the famous Gaston for loads of gaffes.
    • Le Lombard hosts Ducobu and Léonie's Fancy-Fair and celebrates Thorgal's 40th anniversary with an exhibition and live performances of Rosinski.
    • Dargaud invites you to Zidrou's "exquisite corpse" show while younger children can try their hand at drawing.
    • Kennes Editions invites you to spin the Wheel of Fortune to win great prizes.
    • Paquet Group has already booked Etienne Willem, Olivier Speltens, and Georges van Linthout.
    • Bamboo Editions will present all-new cartoons from the Sisters, as well as a focus on the work of Marcel Pagnol.
    • Balloon Media is also setting up shop in BOZAR and cooking up a few big surprises.

    Besides finding the festival's most loyal publishers, you can count on Rue de Sèvres, Fluide Glacial, La Revue Dessinée, Sarbacane, Pinceel Distributie, and Stripgids to be there for the first time!

    But just like every year, the Brussels Comic Strip Festival also has the pleasure of welcoming dozens of independent publishers who do our capital proud, especially the Requins Marteaux Editions exhibition (A Méroll World) on display at BOZAR.

  • Shows, screenings, and conferences:

    BOZAR's rooms give the Brussels Comic Strip Festival the ability to offer numerous conferences, sneak-preview screenings, and even original shows! Click here to discover a small sample of what awaits you.

  • Exhibitions:

    The 2017 Brussels Comic Strip Festival is making use of its new setting by offering a number of exhibitions related to comic strips and allowing visitors to learn more about certain iconic realms of the 9thArt.

  • International Pavilion:

    This year no less than 19 countries will be represented by foreign delegations and representatives in the International Pavilion. It's the perfect opportunity to discover comic strips through 19 different cultures. On the schedule: conferences, exhibitions, autographs, and workshops will take you on a trip around the 9th Art world.

  • Activities and Workshops:

    As it does every year, the Brussels Comic Strip Festival offers the very young and old alike the chance to try their hand and comic strips or participate in activities organised at the Brussels Comic Strip Festival free of charge: Belgotaku, stir up a saucy programme for manga fans; Workshop 24 holds workshops, competitions, and performances for all ages; the international pavilion offers an opportunity to get acquainted with comic strips in the company of authors of all stripes, and publishers' imaginations vie with one another so you can discover the new works and great classics of their catalogues!

  • Parades:

    Once again this year, the Balloon’s Day Parade and the Comic strip car rally will take over the streets of Brussels for an unusual show. That's what it takes to thrill our 100,000 loyal visitors!

  • Brussels Comic Strip Festival 2017
    Dates : from 01.09.17 to 03.09.17
    Opening Times :

    • Friday 1 September : 15.00 – 20.00
    • Saturday 2 September : 10.00 – 20.00
    • Sunday 3 September : 10.00 – 18.00

    Places : Parc de Bruxelles and Palais des Beaux-Arts / BOZAR
    Price : free

    An initiative by the Brussels-Capital Region with the support of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the City of Brussels and the COCOF (College of the French Community Commission) coordinated by visit.brussels