Is it even necessary to present the versatile and multi-talented Bernard Hislaire?! This “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” is a true Belgian comic-strip monument. And if there’s one word to describe him, it has to be Sambre. This darkly romantic cult tragedy will celebrate its 30th anniversary at the BIFFF, while new episodes of the saga are in the works. We could also talk about Bidouille et Violette, the Mazda Gang, the illustrations he made for Mr Nobody of our friend Jaco Van Dormael or about his interactive digital project ùropa, in which he transgresses the boundaries between reality and fiction. We could write pages and pages about this icon of the 9th art, but he’s rarely as eloquent as when you can meet him in person. Especially when he honors us with his presence for a signing session of the drop dead gorgeous poster of the 34th BIFFF!