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"Spirou à Bruxelles" - Emile Bravo
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"Spirou à Bruxelles" - Emile Bravo

“Spirou à Bruxelles” numbered and signed screenprint by Emile Bravo

As part of BRUSSELS 2009 BD COMICS STRIP, which celebrates twenty years of existence of the Bruxelles-Capitale region, twenty contemporary BD authors have contributed their artistic vision of the city as part of the book Bruxelles : 20 ans/20 auteurs edited by Alain Goffin. A considerable number of the selected artists have been associated with Champaka for many years : Avril, Berthet, Götting, Juillard, Loustal, Ever Meulen, Schuiten and Yslaire. At the “Rencontres Yves Chaland” in Nérac in September 2008, Champaka and Emile Bravo promised to collaborate on an artistic print as soon as a suitable opportunity presented itself. Thus, when Emile Bravo created this image for the aforementioned book, it was a foregone conclusion that Champaka would happily publish it as a screenprint. The creator of Jules adapted the colour treatment specially for the screenprinting process, for which the artist has a particular appreciation. The image is replete with icons of the city’s artistic life: Hergé puts away his pen after signing an autograph for a delighted Spirou, who brandishes his prize triumphantly for the benefit of his companion, who is none other than René Magritte. Welcome to the Brussels of the 1930s…