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Comics are serious business in the land of of Tintin and The Smurfs, and nowhere more so than in Europe's biggest and oldest museum dedicated to the art form as the venue celebrates its 25th birthday.Located in a stunning Art Nouveau warehouse in central Brussels, it's clear that here comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinees, call them what you will, are more high art than popular culture.It attracts 200,000 visitors a year, more than double the number who visit a new, dedicated Tintin museum in the leafy new university town of Louvain-la-Neuve, some 20 kilometers outside Brussels.Most come from France (40 percent), Belgium (17.5 percent), Germany (5 percent) and Spain (4 percent) – but 3 percent of them come from as far afield as China.The museum welcomes it all, Auquier says.
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