Giant Tintin page takes pride of place in Brussels

The biggest Tintin page in the world has been unveiled in the centre of Belgium's capital.

Printed on a series of thermo-welded sheets, the page, which displays a scene from the book The Adventures of Tintin: Destination Moon, weighs 350kg and covers 672 sqm.

The author of the Tintin comics, Herge, was born in Brussels and the exhibition of his work in the city centre coincides with a year-long tourism initiative focusing on comic strips.

Herge's first story about the intrepid young reporter Tintin and his dog snowy - Tintin in the Land of the Soviets - was published in 1929.

The event's coordinator, Micha Kapetanovic, told local media the Destination Moon page was relevant as it was 80 years since the first Tintin book was published but also 40 years since Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon.

The Tintin stories have previously been turned into television series and New Zealander Peter Jackson is co-producing a new movie - The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn - with Steven Spielberg.

James Bond actor Daniel Craig has been cast as a villain in the movie, which is scheduled for release in 2011, and British actor Jamie Bell - best known for his role in Billy Elliot - will play Tintin.

The giant Tintin page in Brussels, which measures 32 by 21 metres, will be on display in the Grand Place until the end of the week.

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