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Jun 14th, 2011, 8:09 am
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Comics Authors receive 150,000 euros.
    Twenty Flemish Authors will receive some 7,500 euros each in 2011 as a supplementary grant for their work. That was announced by ​​the Flemish Literature Fund (VLF). The VLF allows these rewards because of the high quality of the comics works and the tendency that more and more Flemish albums get an English translation.
    Amongst these authors are new talents like Floris De Smedt, but also experienced artists such as Marc Legendre (Biebel of Waterland and strips) and Steven Dupré (known from the Sara and Robin series).

    Het Nieuwsblad, Belgium, April 13, 2011

New Director for the Flemish Literature Fund
    The Flemish Fund for Literature will have a new director from January 1, 2012 : Koen Van Bockstal. He follows the current director Carlo Van Baelen, who retires after twelve years off duty. The Board of Directors decided that on Wednesday, and will be reported in a press release on Thursday.
    From Bockstal (1961) studied history at Ghent University and started his career as a teacher. Afterwards he moved to the music business in 2006 shortly after which he was business manager at the Flanders International Film Festival. Until November 2010 he worked as a managing director at Oxfam and Oxfam Fairtrade association ltd.
    The Flemish Literature Fund has been active since January 1, 2000. It supports Dutch literature and translation into and from Dutch literary works in the broad sense. Van Bockstael is also responsible for the further development of the organization within the literary scene.

    Het Nieuwsblad, Belgium, June 09, 2011
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Death to all Belgians. That's how the most remarkable book by the American artist Danny Wind (28) is called. Subtitle: A children's guide to a genocide. He compares the Belgians to vampires who "want to eat your brains" and then your cute puppies. "They want to take over America and murder your mum and dad. You'll have to learn Belgian language at school three times a day and eat waffles. Sounds good, you may think, but believe me, you'll soon have your stomach filled that you'll get sick of it.... "

Source: Het Nieuwsblad, Belgium, Wed June 15, 2011
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Jun 23rd, 2011, 8:11 am
Spider-Man dies!

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Even superheroes ever come to their end. Just ask Spider-Man. The intrepid comic hero actually dies in a recently published comic book in America. Much to the consternation of the fans.

The Death of Spider-Man, that's the youngest (and last) release in a series on the comic superhero in his lycra suit that can climb any wall. It digs the worst Spider-Man against his great opponent the Green Goblin. Peter Parker (Spider-Man, the boy that is) dies in the arms of his girlfriend Mary-Jane.

"I'm not lying when I say how embarrassing it is, that the tears rolled down my face during three quarters of an hour, "said Brian Michael Bendis, without any sense of drama, about the time he drew Spider-Man dying.

The story is episode 160 in the series 'Ultimate Spider-Man'. But the head of the division of Marvel Comics comic fans do not say too much having to mourn their hero in that red blue suit. He promises new stories and "a new Spider-Man. "Peter's death is not the end. It is the beginning of one of the most ambitious stories ever written in comic strips. "

Source: Het Nieuwsblad, Belgium, Jun 23, 2011
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Jun 24th, 2011, 10:31 am
Comic fair in Zulte (Belgium)

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On Sunday, June 26 from 10 to 18 hours we'll have the fourteenth edition of the renowned Comic fair in the Fiertelhof room in Zulte (Belgium).

There are vendors who sell comics and comic attributes, there is a great color match-everyone-wins prize for youth and nine artists will sign their work. These are Thomas De Caju (Betty & Dodge, Sabbatini and boo), Charel Cambre (Albert & Co, Kells, The Pfaffs, Spring and boo), Steven Van Bael (Figaro, The Planckaerts, boo), Walterell (Killroy Was Here ), Willy De Gryse (Joran van der Wouden), Guy Vandevelde (The Righteous Judge), Peter Brutin (Commissioner killer), Matthias Cruyssaert (Peter Brutin employee) and Waldo Van Gheluwe (Kish, Eridu). Admission is free.

Source: Het Nieuwsblad (Belgium), June 24 2011
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TinTin travels back to America


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TinTin travels back to America next year, the comic hero gets his own café in New York. Negotiations with Moulinsart, who owns the rights of the heirs Hergé, are not over yet, but Yves Jadot (44) does not expect any problems.

"The Café Tintin is set next to a store with stuff about the comic hero," said the exiled Brussels resident in Manhattan, who manages four Belgian restaurants. "It is not a beer bar, alcohol is inconsistent with the values ​​of Hergé's characters."

This fall runs the premiere from Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of 'The Secret of the Unicorn'. That will undoubtedly increase the international focus on the star reporter TinTin.
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Jun 24th, 2011, 12:26 pm
Nice, Zach. Thanks for keeping an eye on your local newspapers about comics news. Very interesting. Please keep them coming. Btw, I can't believe there isn't any comics news in other countries of the world... Maybe we should offer you a subscription for foreign newspapers, so you could check them also... ;)

Anyway, nothing to do with comics, but something funny I read in our local newspaper:

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J.K. Rowling, author of the immensely popular Harry Potter books, presented her new project 'Pottermore' on Thursday. Something to do with online background stories about the magician student. Nothing special except there was written in the same article that 'from October on, the seven Harry Potter stories will be published for the first time as ebook...' !?

LZF would have said: 'wtf! Never heard of mobilism???' :lol: :lol:
Jun 24th, 2011, 12:26 pm
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Jul 5th, 2011, 1:06 pm
Did you know we have a COMICS MUSEUM and a real COMIC BOOK ROUTE in my country? You can view/download the route map from Brussel's info site ---> http://www.brussels.be

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On the route, you'll spot many comics statues and drawings from famous comics writers on walls and street furniture.

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Also, you will be able to visit the COMICS MUSEUM ---> http://www.comicscenter.net/en/home

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So, if you ever come to Brussels and feel like interested in the comics tour, I'll be glad to show you around. Groups get a discount, individuals get special treatment... ;)



Brussels will for ever
stay in your memory
after a comics tour
guided by Zacharie!
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What is Free Comic Book Day?

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Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores. *Check with your local shop for their participation and rules.
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Jul 30th, 2011, 7:46 am
Prince Harry becomes a Comics Hero.

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Following the example of his brother William, whose marriage with Kate Middleton has already been reviewed in a comic book, it's now Britain's Prince Harry (26) who is being immortalized in comic book. The initiative comes from the American publisher Bluewater, which already brought the life of David Beckham, Lady Gaga Image and Justin Bieber to comics. The story will include focus on his deceased mother Diana, his father Prince Charles, and his reputation as a party boy.

Source: Het Nieuwsblad, Belgium, July 30th 2011 (Translated by Zacharie)
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Sep 4th, 2011, 7:26 pm
Two Tintin albums stolen in two weeks time.

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    On Saturday, May 14, the comic strip "Tintin au Congo 'was stolen from the Royal museum of Mariemont (Belgium). And during an exclusive sales of Tintin related objects on Friday, May 20, in Namur - also in Belgium - the comic" Le Crabe aux pinces d'or " was stolen.

    "Tintin au Congo" is a comics that was published in black and white between 1935 and 1945. The thief came into the museum, waited until he was alone, broke open the display case and took the work of Hergé. He hid the comics under his clothes and walked out with it.

    Barely one week later the man did it again. He was present at a sale of Tintin items in Namur and stole the comic "Le Crabe aux pinces d'or" from an open display case. He hid the work, which has a value of about 7000-9000 euro, just like last time under his clothing.

    When the thief left the complex, a woman was entering the hall. She looked at the same display case and then left the room. She got into a blue Ford Courier pickup car. The thief of comics was sitting beside her.

    The man is around 50 years and 1m75 long. He is thin, has graying hair and wears glasses. The woman is between 45 and 50 years. She is 1m70 tall and also thin. She has short brown hair.

    Source: Het Nieuwsblad, Sept 01, 2011

Both comics have also been released on this site, here: The Adventures of Tintin collection. (09- Tintin and the Crabs with the Golden Claws and 02- Tintin in congo)

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  1. There is no relation between the comics being stolen and released here (we think ;) )

  2. There is a video recording of the theft released by the police. Here it is: Image
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