The Dutch Comic Strip Museum
Groningen has gained international
cultural allure by means of intrepid cultural expressions and manifestations, while
progressive and highly esteemed city architecture has also made an impact. The
establishment ot The Dutch Comic Strip Museum in Groningen fits into this line of
development and will reinforce its cultural position. Moreover, the Groningen initiators
have been linked to the comic strip culture for many years; they have secured the support
of all agencies and organizations in the Netherlands that are engaged in the realm of the
comic strip. Finally, the Comic Strip Museum, owing to its favourable geographical
situation, can direct its sights towards Northern Germany and Scandinavia and, in doing
so, create a link from the traditionally stalwart comic strip countries of Belgium
The Comic Strip Museum as an
Development in multi-media techniques
has led to an enormous expansion of the possibilities of visualizing comic strips and
image-based stories. This has increased the accesbility of comic strips substantially.
Multi-media techniques will be applied in the exhibition of the standard museum
collection. Virtual reality setups will allow visitors to experience the adventures of the
comic heroes, and computers will enable them to create simple animated cartoons, generate
visual effects and browse digitalis through comic books. The fantasy worlds of artists
will be elaborated in small theme parks, under a variety of themes. Children will be able
to amuse themselves in play pavilions where comic strip situations will be emulated. By
means of these publicoriented presentations, the visitors will be enchanted by the
extravagance and wonder that the culture of the comic strip, cartoon and illustration can
The Dutch Comic Strip Museum wishes to realize a public-oriented museum, and it is
fortunate enough to be founded in an age when images can be digitized.
Although the Dutch Comic Strip Museum
will mainly restriet its own collection and acqusition to the Dutch legacy, the
exihibition policy will have an international character. To profile comic strips as a
cultural expression, international co-operation is both a condition and a necessity. In
the future, interesting exhibitions will be exchanged on a reciprocal basis and
intercontinental projects can be set up. International co-operation between comic strip
museums will provide the possibility of linking digitized collections and documentation.
The electronic highway enables joint products to be supplied to 'living room' visitors.
The Dutch Comic Strip Museum, as a modern comic strip museum, wishes to assume leadership
in the digital cooperation between the comic strip museums.