25th Aug 2020

CIPC #185: Nero Vol.123, Wonderboy

Flemish people of a certain age might remember Nero from the newspapers, in which he featured for decades.1 Regular readers of this blog might know him from a previous post....

21st Jul 2020

CIPC #180: Timotheus Wang

Today we are delving deep in the archives of Belgian comics to bring to light one of the most obscure subjects yet for this blog: Timothey O. Wang. This character,...

25th Feb 2020

CIPC #159: Simpsons comics presents Bart Simpson Vol.56, Sore loser

Apparently, there are Simpsons comics. I never knew this, but it is one of those little-known but entirely unremarkable facts about our world, like the fact that there are endemic...

26th Nov 2019

CIPC #147: Giving the devil her due, Vol.1

At the very beginning of Giving the devil her due, a webcomic1 by D. S. Newman and Magaly Abarca, a certain David gets run over by a truck. He dies,...

22nd Oct 2019

CIPC #142: Nero Vol.143, De dood van Bompa

Nero is, or was at least, incredibly famous in Flanders and completely unknown outside of it. It is a comic with a cast of colourful characters, like Adhemar, the baby...

19th Mar 2019

CIPC #111: The smurfs, Vol.11: The Olympic Smurfs

In the more than two years I have been discussing chess in popular culture on this blog, I have seen the most horrible atrocities being committed against the noble game...

25th Sep 2018

CIPC #87: Sandra and Woo No.574, Intelligence in pets

One of the more popular webcomics at the moment – number twenty on this plausible-looking list – is Sandra and Woo, which tells off a girl and the highly anthropomorphised...

10th Jul 2018

CIPC #76: Mickey Maus No.48

One of the biggest names in popular culture I have not mentioned so far is the almighty mouse, the great Mickey himself. Of course, there are so many comics and...

20th Mar 2018

CIPC #60: Kiekeboe Vol.89, De s van pion

Every now and then, some mainstream comic of tv-series features chess in one of its episodes; by now you might already be aware of that. Once in a blue moon...

06th Mar 2018

CIPC #58: Existential comics No.215

I think I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: there’s some weird stuff on the internet. There’s a subreddit dedicated to unexpected factorials, there’s a website about Belgian chess...

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Barcelona CC championship, Barcelona

1936

Liège vs. Dutch Limburg, Visé

1934

Match Dyner vs. Gromer, Brussels

1939

Match Gromer vs. Van Seters, Brussels

1939

Match O’Kelly de Galway vs. Gromer, Brussels

1938

CÉ L’Échiquier spring tournament, Brussels

1934

CÉ L’Échiquier summer tournament, Brussels

1934

Belgian championship, Liège

1934