So I was recently in Europe for a bit of a student holiday, and I felt the need to write this post. The comic book scene in Europe is absolutely glorious, and I am in love.
I was in Brussels, the so called Capital of Europe, and holy balls the comics there were amazing. They had a museum for Belgian comic book artists. Their comic artists were deemed so important they had a freaking museum. Coming from Ireland, this was glorious to see and so heart warming. To think that this little art form that gets ridiculed, disrespected and thought of as something immature had a museum for just one country’s artists made me so freaking happy.
And the comic books shops. OH THE COMIC BOOK SHOPS. Massive, spacious, they felt like the best book shops do here in Ireland. And the majority of the books seemed to be small press and independent creators. It was beautiful. So much creativity, and beautiful artwork I had never encountered. I’m considering learning French just to jump into this culture.
Upstairs in one shop they had a god damn gallery of art work for sale. Like a normal gallery, except for comic books. It was crazy, and it made me feel so good that what I love is so respected in Brussels. And makes me a bit sad we’re not there here in Ireland.
Anyways, sorry about the wall of text but I just felt so energised and happy discovering this culture in Europe that I knew existed, but never really learned about. Thanks for reading, and I should share some of my own work soon =]