14th May 2019

CIPC #119: Translucid Vol.2

Translucid is an artsy take on the superhero genre published by BOOM! studios in six instalments between April and September 2014. I must admit that I haven’t read it, but...

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...

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...

16th Jan 2018

CIPC #51: Lucky Luke Vol.35, Jesse James

Who’s the greatest cowboy in popular culture? John Wayne, maybe? Clint Eastwood? Jonah Hex? If you ask me, the correct answer is Lucky Luke. Introduced by Morris in 1946, he...

10th Oct 2017

CIPC #38: Mafalda

Which countries do you associate with comics? Perhaps you will immediately think of the American tradition, with superhero comics and Peanuts-style newspaper comics. Maybe the Japanese manga springs to mind...

05th Sep 2017

CIPC #33: Suske en Wiske Vol.245 De 7 schaken

Imagine, if you will, that you are a chess-obsessed kid in Flanders. A bleak prospect, perhaps, but try to entertain it for a little while longer. Chess is pretty much...

25th Apr 2017

CIPC #16: Guust Flater Vol.5: Daverende flaters te koop

Guust Flater, or Gaston Lagaffe in the original French, is probably the most popular anti-hero of the Franco-Belgian school of comic books. The series, written and drawn by Franquin, features...

02nd Apr 2017

CIPC #13: Tintin Vol.5: The broken ear

Obscure engravings, highly local comics series – the ‘popular’ in the name of this blog has become somewhat spurious lately. High time, I think, to go back to more well-known...

28th Mar 2017

CIPC #12: Kiekeboe Vol.14: Een zakje chips

Kiekeboe is a family adventure comic series which is hugely popular in Flanders and, to some extend, the Netherlands. The series has been running for more than four decades and...

07th Feb 2017

CIPC #6: Robbedoes 1980/33, Klont

Today we’re going to do something a bit more obscure. So obscure, in fact, that the moniker ‘popular culture’ can barely be justified. Yes, today we leave the burning bright...


13th SCIPT championship, Balatonkenese


8th IBCA olimpiad, Zalaegerszeg


4th FIDÉ open, Forlì


6th IBCA olimpiad, Noordwijkerhout


1st World championship for -16-years-old girls, Westergate


4de world cadets’ championship, Champigny-sur-Marne


9th IBCA six-countries tournament, Paris


13th European club championship, preliminary 2, Eupen