Published On: Sun, May 22nd, 2016

French city creates world’s longest comic strip

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Lyon (AFP) – A group of artists in the central French city of Lyon broke the record for the world’s longest comic strip Saturday with a 1.6 kilometre-long artwork, organisers said.

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Drawn by art students from Lyon and Barcelona, a 1.6 kilometre-long comic tells the story of a 16-year-old girl named Lea who travels in time with the help of a magic pen from the Ice Age to the year 10,000 (AFP Photo/Jean-Philippe Ksiazek)

The feat brings the figurative medal for the longest comic strip back to Lyon from New York, where a group in 2014 stole the French city’s 2011 record with a 1.2-kilometre (0.75-mile) sequence of drawings.

“We have recorded a 1,600-metre-long comic strip, or 1,625 metres to be precise,” said Mathieu Diez, director of Lyon’s comic festival, about the black-and-white cartoon that lines the wall of a tunnel in the city.

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Drawn by art students from Lyon and Barcelona, the comic tells the story of a 16-year-old girl named Lea who travels in time with the help of a magic pen from the Ice Age to the year 10,000.

Festival organisers hope to have their feat approved by a Guinness World Records committee within the next few months, they said.

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A child walks along a 1.6 kilometer fresco displayed along the tunnel of Croix-Rousse in Lyon, inaugurating the 11th edition of Lyon’s comic book festival (AFP Photo/Jean-Philippe Ksiazek)

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