The early days of Belgian comic strips
1996. Hither and thither, the world of comic strips celebrated its centenary, taking as a common reference point the publication of The Yellow Kid, a comic strip signed by the American author Richard F. Outcault, a hundred years earlier in 1896. In the face of this event, whose legitimacy has often been contested, must we thus exclude from the comic strip category the totality of previous productions? Frédéric Paques responds in the negative to this question. In a thesis which crystallises a whole period placed on the extreme margins of the history of francophone Belgian comic strips, the researcher, recently awarded a doctorate, paints a general panorama of the medium such as it appeared in different forms, in Wallonia and the Brussels region between 1830 and 1914.