Tintin

Tintin is the protagonist of the eponymous comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé, a reporter and adventurer who travels around the world with his dog Snowy.

The character was created in 1929 and introduced in Le Petit Vingtième, a weekly youth supplement to the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle. He appears as a young man, 14–19 years old with a round face and quiff hairstyle.

Tintin has a sharp intellect, can defend himself, and is honest, decent, compassionate, and kind. Through his investigative reporting, quick-thinking, and all-around good nature, Tintin is always able to solve the mystery and complete the adventure.

Unlike more colourful characters that he encounters, Tintin's personality is neutral, which allows the reader to not merely follow the adventures but assume Tintin's position within the story. Combined with Hergé's signature "clear line" style, this helps the reader "safely enter a sensually stimulating world".

Hergé died in 1983, yet his creation remains a popular literary figure, even featured in a 2011 Hollywood movie produced by Steven Spielberg.

French General Charles de Gaulle said once he "considered Tintin his only international rival".

The Smurfs

The Smurfs (originally in French Les Schtroumpfs or De Smurfen in Flemish) is a Belgian comic book centered on a fictional colony of small blue creatures that live in mushroom-shaped houses in the forest.

The Smurfs were first created and introduced as a series of comic characters by the Belgian comics artist Peyo (pen name of Pierre Culliford) in 1958. The word “Smurf” is the original Dutch translation of the French "Schtroumpf", which, according to Peyo, is a word invented during a meal with fellow cartoonist André Franquin, when he could not remember the word salt.

There are more than one hundred Smurfs, whose names are based on adjectives that emphasize their characteristics, e.g. "Jokey Smurf", who likes to play practical jokes on his fellow smurfs, "Clumsy Smurf", who has a habit of creating havoc unintentionally, and "Smurfette"—the first female Smurf to be introduced in the series. The Smurfs wear Phrygian caps, which represented freedom in Roman times.

The Smurf franchise began as a comic and expanded into advertising, movies, TV series, ice capades, video games, theme parks, and dolls.

Largo Winch

Largo Winch is a Belgian comic book series by Philippe Francq and -the talented and well-known- Jean Van Hamme, published by Dupuis.

Largo Winch started as a series of novels by Jean Van Hamme in the late 1970s, but stopped due to a lack of success and the huge amount of work Van Hamme had in the meantime with other comic books. When Philippe Francq asked Jean Van Hamme to start a new series, he proposed him to revive his old hero, and reworked the novels into the first albums of the comic series.

In the first two volumes of the series, L'héritier and Le Groupe W, Largo, a young and handsome orphan, is propelled to the head of a business empire, The Group W, after his adoptive father Nerio is murdered, and goes through a lot of troubles to preserve his inheritance and avenge Nerio.

The principal character is Largo Winch whose birth name is Largo Winczlav. Other main characters include Nerio Winch, his adoptive father, Senior Group W executives John D. Sullivan and Dwight E. Cochrane, Group W's executive assistant, Miss Pennywinkle, and Largo's best friend, Simon Ovronnaz.

Most of the albums have a common plot: someone is trying to harm or to take control of the Group W from Largo, and he has to fight to ensure the survival of his holdings.

All the stories of the series are published in two volumes, the first one being the one putting Largo in an impossible situation, and the second one letting him get out of it. The stories appear originally in French, and have been translated into various languages, including Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, German, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Italian and Tamil. The series is among the most popular comics series in French, with annual sales of nearly 500,000 copies.

A movie, a TV serie (aired in Belgium, France and Canada) and a video game based on the novels were also released, with less success than the comic books.

Spirou

Spirou is a fictional character created in 1938 for the comic magazine Spirou magazine by the Belgian publisher Jean Dupuis, graphically by Rob-Vel and run by the painter Luc Lafnet for the drawings and Blanche Dumoulin as scenarist.

Spirou is the main character of the Spirou et Fantasio comic strips. Spirou was originally an elevator operator and bell-boy at the fictional Moustique Hotel. At some point, he became a reporter for the eponymous magazine, though he remained dressed in his trademark red uniform.

In contrast to Tintin, Spirou is more frequently shown doing some reporting in several of his adventures. In most cases he and his colleague Fantasio simply find themselves in the centre of the adventure.

Spirou is an honest and brave young man who tries to fight injustice around him and help people. He is usually more level-headed than Fantasio, who is always with him, along with his squirrel Spip and, later, the Marsupilami (Franquin's authorship).

Spirou's design was changed through the years by the various writers and artists who created all his adventures but he has always kept his spiky red-hair and red clothes, even after ditching his hotel uniform.

Spirou is part of the Comic Book Route in Brussels and its painting can be found at Place Sainctelette.

Le Petit Spirou

Le Petit Spirou is a six year old version of Spirou. Le Petit Spirou relates his tribulations at school and his concerns about girls' anatomy. Le Petit Spirou saw his adventures in a modern world that is modernized over time.

While Spirou was most often depicted as the perfect moral hero, Le Petit Spirou is a child ahead of his age, often turbulent and deliberately provocative. Pushing to the extreme the logic of the red clothing groom carried by Spirou, Le Petit Spirou wears a child version of the hotel costume. His whole family is also covered with the similar red clothes.

This later series and its star are generally acknowledged to have little in common with the old one.

IR$

IR$ is a Belgian comics series written by Stephen Desberg and illustrated by Bernard Vrancken, both born in Brussels, and published by Le Lombard in French and Cinebook in English.

Larry B. Max is one of the best specialists in a special department of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), an American tax collection agency. Reading the circuits of money escape and money laundering like no one, Larry has all the necessary I.T. resources to dismantle the connections between the very rich and the organized crime. A common thread is the ambiguous relationship between the hero and Gloria, a sex phone operator.

A first spin-off series began in 2009, IR$ All Watcher, is based on some secondary characters encountered in the mother series. The complete series consists of seven volumes, describing an investigation into an entity that intetionally makes huge sums of money disapear, like a "financial black hole".

A second spin-off series began in 2013, it is entitled IR$ Team, and relates corruption into soccer world.

Le Chat

Le Chat (The Cat in French) is a comic strip created by the Belgian cartoonist Philippe Geluck. It is one of the best-selling Belgian comics series. The title character, an adult, human-sized, anthropmorphic cat, first appeared in March 1983, at the his son was born.

The anti-hero is a gray cat with pointed ears, big nose and a mouth usually indistinguishable. By anthropomorphism, the cat stands, is dressed as a man, has a typical human behavior (he goes to bistro, drives a car ...) and speaks directly to the reader.

Le Chat often comes up with elaborate reasonings which lead to hilariously absurd conclusions e.g. by taking metaphors literally or by adding increasingly unlikely what-ifs to ordinary situations.

It appeared weekly in Victor, a supplement of Belgian newspaper Le Soir. In 2003, for Le Chat 20th anniversary, Le Soir allowed Philippe Geluck to illustrate that day's entire newspaper. Le Chat s'expose, an exhibition about Le Chat and its creator, was first held at the Autoworld Motor Museum in Brussels in 2004, and has since toured Europe.