Tintin and Spirou, are the undeniable forerunners of many generations of comic strip heroes and Brussels is its homeland. The Smurfs, the Daltons, Lucky Luke,Corentin and Blake and Mortimer, only to mention the most famous comics, have made children of all ages all over the world dream, tremble with fear and laugh with mirth. Some great names of the 9th art have been given birth by the Belgian comic strip.Its future looks bright since new talent can be encouraged to grow upon the roots that are deep enough to bank upon. Almost everywhere in Brussels and especially at the (CBBD)Belgian Comic Strip Center, “Speech balloons” are something you will come across, set up in Art Nouveau building. Themed exhibitions are regularly put on by the CBBD. Don’t miss the comic strip trail, leadingyou across the city, upwards, in the company of likeable characters, immortals in giant format on almostfifty city gables.