Belgium has a strong comic culture. There are several comic book stores in downtown. There are mostly French comic books and a small amount of English comic books. There are almost none foreign languages (eg Chinese, Japanese, Korean…etc) comic books but have translated works.
The English/France comic books are usually full color big size books which different from the black-and-white small size comic books in Asia.
There are figures, models for sale except comic books in the store. Tin Tin is a very popular comic character and he can be seen everywhere on comic books, figures, even graffiti walls.
It must be a stable comic mass support the comic books store which can be opened in downtown for a high rent. Belgium really has a strong comic culture but with a thick sense of commercial.
The Belgian Comic Strip Center - Museum Brussels is one of the largest comic museum in Belgium. The interior decoration is beautiful and the main focus is on the European comic charactors such as Tin Tin, the Smurfs…etc. Popular comic such as Dragon Balls in Asia are shown in the museum too.
There is a comic book library in the museum. There are mainly French and English books. Not many people in the library. Somebody even sleep on the floor in the library.
The Belgian Comic museum is much bigger, prettier, can host more audiences and held a bigger event than the comic centre in Helsinki. But I like Helsinki Comic centre better. There are no studios in Belgium comic museum and audiences can just be audiences and have no chance to create their own comic works.
Studio in Helsinki are always open to public. I don’t think a comic centre have to be big as a palace or as grand as a palace. The most important thing of a comic centre is be inspired and gather people.