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The Comic Strip Capital

Once upon a time …there were three friends who, in 1969, created a festival in Angoulême to celebrate the Comic Strip or Bande Dessinée (BD) in French.Year by year , the event gathered momentum until in January 1974, the International Comic Strip Festival was born. All the main industry players were there, the press came, and the public – more than 10,000 people across three days. Angoulême, capital of the Comic Strip, was suddenly in the spotlight !

Many things have happened since Hergé appeared at the Festival in 1976. An international centre dedicated to the art now houses the Comic Strip Museum ; street names are contained within speech bubbles ; and whole pages of comic strip adorn the sides of buildings –our Painted Walls. Our buses come in all colours too, decorated with favourite characters – so watch out for Kid Paddle around town ! Even our letter boxes have deviated from the usual Post Office yellow.

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