Italian comic books and I was obsessed with every single of them. It was before American comic culture arrived Turkey in early eighties. I remember spending every penny of my pocket money on Fridays after I got out of the school on new issues and bringing them home hidden under my school uniform jacket. It was so damn hard to keep up with my little money. After I got little older and more selective I started to be interested more in Belgian and French comic books and to focus on certain characters like Luc Orient, Mister No, Ken Parker, Bruno Brazil and Martin Mystere as well as European illustrators like Eddy Paape, Sergio Bonelli, Greg and Enki Bilal. I think I am mostly rehabilitated right now but from time to time when I am in Europe especially in Belgium and France I love to discover little comic book shops hidden in small alleys or arcades and loose track of time. I still have a huge weakness but at least I can manage it by myself...
2be and taste some beer in their bar sitting next to the canal before we continue our aimless walk.
De Striep Bruges at Katelijnestraat 42. I walked in right away and started to browse their collection. I was planning just to have some fun and leave but when I climbed up the stairs to the second floor where they were keeping the posters I found an amazing Luc Orient print, numbered and hand signed by Eddy Paape..! I literally gasped out loud like a little kid embarrassing myself... A dream comes true..! I am so glad that I didn't see something like this when I was twelve years old. I could probably loose my mind while trying to convince my parents to buy it.
In the drawing Luc was shown together with his mentor professor Hugo Kala and his girlfriend Lora walking down from "Eurocristal" laboratory. It was so beautiful... As soon as possible I found somebody to help me trying to hide my excitement and brought him upstairs. Fortunately the print wasn't as expensive as I thought it's going to be. I bought it immediately and with the help of my luck somehow I managed to bring it back in good shape in my luggage. Now the print is on my wall above my desk and it makes me smile and feel good every time I look at it.