You then go into a series of displays that depict how a comic strip is made. Boy !!! It takes an army to get the comic out. The scriptwriter comes up with the idea for the strip along with the synopsis and characters. Once the idea has been approved by the publisher and the artist, the artist takes over. He is the director of the entire event and draws the sketches, background and panels. The lettering artist now adds the lettering and speech bubbles while the colouring artist transforms this to colour. The printer now prints these glossies while the marketing and publishing teams roll out the promotion, distribution, syndication & merchandising.
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Past a few more panel halls, you enter the area dedicated to Tintin. To me, this section was the highlight. A simple grid depicts every Tintin comic from 1930 (Tintin in the Land of the Soviets) till 1976 (Tintin and the Picaros) along with the characters featured in them. I learned that after Tintin and Snowy who have featured in all 23 comics, the next highest starring is not to Captain Haddock (15), but to the Thom(p)sons (18).
And the centre features a separate area displaying endorsements of our favorite characters over the years.