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European Comics and Graphic Novels: Franco-Belgian Comics

repository for resources and ideas about European Comics. To be imported to other guides as needed

The Franco-Belgian comics tradition is long and rich. Bandes Dessinées (literally "drawn strips") occupy a place of cultural prestige, and are often referred to as the "Ninth Art" of France. This may be partially due to a comics tradition that is aimed at all different age groups, rather than produced exclusively for children and adolescents.  Bande Dessinée conventions have been hugely influential on the international comics market, and France and Belgium have arguably produced some of the greatest masters of sequential art. 

Bandes Dessinées & Romans Graphiques

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For French-language comics search:

Comic books, strips, etc.--France

Comic books, strips, etc.--Belgium

Comic books, strips, etc.--Africa, French-speaking

Bandes dessinées 

Bandes dessinées--Canada

Romans graphiques​


For history and criticism search:

Comic books, strips, etc.--France--History and criticism

Comic books, strips, etc.--Belgium--History and criticism

Bandes dessinée--France--Histoire et critique

Bandes dessinée--Belgique--Histoire et critique

History and Criticism

Comics and Graphic Novels in Translation

Belgian Comics Publishers