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Favorite thing: Everyone in Tournai knows Casterman. We were all proud of this worldwide famous printer from our region. Why famous ? Well, ever heard of Tintin? If you have ever held one of these albums in your hand, did you know it used to be printed in Tournai?
This venerable house celebrated its 200 years in 1980 by publishing a special Tintin album. Lucien Jardez translated "The Castafiore Emerald" into Tournaisian dialect: "Les pinderlots de l'castafiore".
Casterman was an institution! For the comics, there was not only Tintin but also Alix, Corto Maltese and many others. On the side of the children's literature, Martine or Petzi were two well known characters (at least inside Belgium)!
Even with these treasures and the millions Tintin albums sold per year, the company forgot to modernize its infrastructure and went broke in 1999!! It was then split into two part, the editing activities were sold to Flammarion (later bought by Rizzoli, an Italian group) and the printing activities continued on their own until Evadix bought them in 2002.
This last part, known as Casterman Printing, is the only activity remaining in Tournai!
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