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Annual Comic Strip Festival takes place in Brussels

Brussels, Sep 13 (efe-epa).- The annual Brussels Comic Strip Festival kicked off in the Belgium capital on Friday.

Comic books are so rooted in the country’s culture that they are practically part of its DNA.

Cartoon characters are celebrated in the tenth edition of the festival, which this year includes an outstanding representation from international authors.

Brussels, considered one of the world capitals of the comic, is hosting the three-day fair with more than 100 stalls.

In addition to the main national authors there are more than 30 foreign exhibitors.

The country that has given life to popular comic figures, including Tintin and The Smurfs, expects more than 100,000 visitors, organizer Micha Kapetanovic told Efe.

He described this type of art as "part of the DNA of Brussels".

"We have bookstores, comic museums, something really visible in this city and this event is to highlight it," Kapetanovic added.

He said the variety of international guests will come to show "a different approach such as Manga".

Sindy Infante is a Colombian illustrator who has developed a cooperation project between Belgium and Colombia which consists of a compilation of a series of drawings and works with a group of boys in Ciudad Bolívar in Bogota and Molenbeek in Belgium.

The project aims to "show the reality of stigmatized neighborhoods in both countries," she said.

She said that workshops are held in Belgium through a mediator and that they invite the boys to draw and have preparation sessions to produce the drawings made by the children, aged between 11 and 20 years.

Spain’s Basque Country will also have a presence in the international exhibition with comic artists including Gregorio Muro Harriet and Álex Macho.

"The Brussels festival is another step to try to contact different international publishers and get your work to be seen in other countries," Harriet said.

He described Belgium as the capital of the genre because "it started with a very strong character that has been extended".

"Belgium loves the comic a lot, therefore it loves talent and talent is everywhere," he added. EFE-EPA

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