Among European comics, comic book series made primarily in France and Belgium -- also known as '''BD''', from their French name ''bande dessinée'' ("drawn strip") -- are a huge industry by themselves (3rd largest in the world, after U.S. ComicBooks and Japanese {{Manga}}) and have produced many great classics. They are also quite distinct from their American and Japanese counterparts (though cultural co-mingling has reduced those a bit, especially concerning manga; their extremely high popularity since the early 90's has forced the industry to adapt a bit to survive).

First, the mainstream and intellectual perception of the medium is in stark contrast to that of the U.S.; in Europe, comics are called "le Neuvième Art", the Ninth Art. The influence of French-language comics in Europe has spread this concept to other national comics industries, such as those of Great Britain, Spain and Italy (and South America, to a lesser degree), to a noticeable extent. The lack of any truly constraining [[UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Comics Code]] or puritan MoralGuardians-enforced laws allowed creators and publishers to use more mature themes and concepts in their works, and to later move away from purely children's stories to more adult-oriented works in the TheSixties virtually seamlessly (the fact that it was a more permissive time than TheFifties probably helped). While youth-oriented comics are still a major part of the industry, many are perennial LongRunners and/or are rife with ParentalBonus, and there is little to no social stigma attached to being a fan or a collector. In fact, it is almost impossible to find a house in France that doesn't have a bunch of comics on a shelf somewhere.

The publishing methods and format is distinct from that in the U.S. Volumes, called "albums", are usually at A4 size (21cm x 30cm[[note]] or if you want to be pedantic, 210 x 297 mm[[/note]], the slightly-larger European equivalent of "letter-sized" [=8.5'' x 11''=] paper), hardbound and normally between 40 and 60 pages long. New albums in a series typically appear at a rate of one per year. Really prolific series can go up to three or four albums a year. However, it isn't unheard of for some authors (especially those who are prone to a CastOfSnowflakes and/or SceneryPorn) to need several years for a new album. This rarely seems to put off fans of a series.

Like manga, many titles are first pre-published piece by piece in the publisher's [[AnthologyComic comics magazine]], mostly those aimed at children and teens. In those, one-page funnies blur the lines between comicbooks and NewspaperComics.

See also BelgianComics, comics strictly made in Belgium.

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!!French-Belgian comic book series:

[[index]]
* ComicBook/AchilleTalon
* ComicBook/AlbanyAndSturgess
* ComicBook/{{Alix}}
* ComicBook/AnselmeLanturlu
* ComicBook/{{Asterix}}
* ComicBook/BarbeRouge
* ComicBook/BenoitBrisefer
* ComicBook/BillyTheCat
* ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles
* ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}
* ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer
* ComicBook/LesBlondes
* Comicbook/{{Blueberry}}
* ComicBook/BlueIsTheWarmestColour
* ComicBook/BouleEtBill
* ComicBook/LaBrigadeChimerique
* ComicBook/BuckDanny
* ComicBook/{{Chlorophylle}}
* ComicBook/CortoMaltese
* ComicBook/DeCapeEtDeCrocs
* DallasBarr
* Franchise/LeDonjonDeNaheulbeuk
* Manga/{{Dreamland}}
* Five series set in the ComicBook/DungeonUniverse:
** ''ComicBook/DungeonTheEarlyYears'' (''Donjon Potron-minet'')
** DungeonZenith (Donjon Zénith)
** DungeonTwilight (Donjon Crépuscule)
** DungeonParade (Donjon Parade)
** DungeonMonstres (Donjon Monsters)
* {{Les Femmes en blanc}}
* ComicBook/FreaksSqueele
* {{Garulfo}}
* ComicBook/GastonLagaffe
* [[LeGenieDesAlpages Le Génie des alpages]]
* ComicBook/IdeesNoires
* LesInnommables
* ComicBook/InspectorCanardo
* ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}
* ComicBook/{{Jeremiah}}
* ComicBook/JimCutlass
* ComicBook/JoeBarTeam
* ComicBook/JohanAndPeewit
* ComicStrip/{{Jommeke}}
* JourJ
* ComicBook/{{Kairos}}
* ComicBook/KidPaddle
* ComicBook/{{Lanfeust}}
* ComicBook/LesLegendaires
* [[LeonardLeGenie Léonard]]
* ComicBook/{{Lou}}
* ComicBook/LuckyLuke
* [[ComicBook/LesLumieresDeLAmalou Les Lumières de l'Amalou]]
* [[ComicBook/MagasinGeneral Magasin Général]]
* Franchise/{{Marsupilami}}
* Four series set in MetabaronsUniverse:
** ComicBook/TheIncal
*** Before the Incal (Avant l'Incal)
*** After the Incal (Après l'Incal)
** ComicBook/TheMetabarons
** ComicBook/TheTechnopriests
** ComicBook/{{Megalex}}
* LesMondesDAldebaran
* MonsieurJean
* {{Murena}}
* ComicBook/{{Muse}}
* ComicBook/{{Natacha}}
* ComicBook/LesNaufragesDYthaq
* ComicBook/{{Noob}}
* ComicBook/{{Orphanimo}}
* OuLeRegardNePortePas
* ComicBook/{{Okko}}
* ComicBook/{{Persepolis}}
* ComicBook/PeterPan
* Philemon
* ComicBook/QuaiDOrsay
* ComicStrip/QuickAndFlupke
* ComicBook/TheRabbisCat
* ComicBook/LaQueteDeLOiseauDuTemps (Roxanna & The Quest for the Time-Bird)
* ComicBook/{{Rahan}}
* ComicBook/RedEars
* ComicBook/RequiemChevalierVampire
* LaRibambelle
* ComicBook/LeRoiCyclope
* {{Sasmira}}
* ComicBook/TheSmurfs (Les Schtroumpfs)
* ComicBook/LeScorpion
* ComicBook/TheScrameustache
* ComicBook/TheSecretHistory
* Manga/SentaiSchool
* ComicBook/{{Sillage}} (Wake)
* ComicBook/SkyDoll
* ComicBook/{{Soda}}
* ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio
* Comicbook/SuskeEnWiske
* ComicBook/{{Thorgal}}
* {{Tif et Tondu}}
* Franchise/{{Tintin}}
* ComicBook/{{Titeuf}}
* LesTuniquesBleues (The Bluecoats)
* ComicBook/UniversalWarOne
* [[ComicBook/{{Valerian}} Valérian and Laureline]]
* ComicBook/{{XIII}}
* ComicBook/YokoTsuno

!!Franco-Belgian comic creators:

* [[Creator/{{DavidB}} David B]]
* Creator/EnkiBilal
* ChristopheBlain
* Creator/FredBeltran
* FredericBoilet
* FrancoisBourgeon
* ClaireBretecher
* YvesChaland
* YvanDelporte
* PhilippeDruillet
* JeanDufaux
* Creator/AndreFranquin
* François Marcela-Froideval
* Creator/ReneGoscinny
* Creator/{{Gotlib}}
* Creator/{{Greg}}
* {{Herge}}
* AlejandroJodorowski (Chilean)
* ManuLarcenet
* Creator/RegisLoisel
* RaymondMacherot
* Creator/{{Moebius}}
* Creator/{{Peyo}}
* HugoPratt (Italian)
* JoannSfar
* JacquesTardi
* MauriceTillieux
* Creator/LewisTrondheim
[[/index]]

!!Other things

* While not exactly French nor Belgian, the webcomic ''Webcomic/RoguesOfClwydRhan'' is from this area (IIRC, it's Dutch).
* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'' is Spanish with Franco-Belgian influences (at least in the earliest years), [[http://lagaffemegate.free.fr/franquin/copiage/comparaison.htm most notably]] Creator/AndreFranquin.
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