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Belgium introduces new passport design featuring domestic comics characters

Promotional photos of the new Belgian passport by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium. Fair use.
On January 27, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès launched the new Belgian passport. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  the new passport is more secure thanks to new security and personalization techniques, while the new original design makes it more recognizable "honoring one of the jewels of Belgian culture: the heroines and...

Legendary Italian comics series Zagor turns 60

Comics fans from Italy, a large portion of the Balkans and Turkey have been celebrating the 60th anniversary of the publication of Zagor comics series, which for decades has been one of the most popular in the region. The first episode featuring Zagor was published on June 15, 1961 by the Italian publishing company Sergio Bonelli Editore. The comics was...

Corto Maltese comics celebrates 53rd anniversary, while the character Corto would have celebrated his 113rd birthday

Comics fans  celebrated the 53rd anniversary from the first publication of the Corto  Maltese series of graphic novels by the Italian grand-master Hugo Pratt in 1967. According to the stories told in  graphic format by Pratt, who himself came from a multinational family, Corto was born in Malta on July 10, 1887 as the son of a British sailor from...

New book about Alan Ford comics published in Croatia, marking its 50-year anniversary

By the end of April, the book “Hello Bing” was published in Zagreb, commemorating the first issuing of Alan Ford comics in May 1969. Written by Ivan Sršen and Antonija Radić, the book is based on an extensive interview with Max Bunker, one of the authors and the publisher of the Italian comics which has cult status across former...