French city creates world's longest comic strip | Inquirer Lifestyle

French city creates world’s longest comic strip


LYON, France — 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 kilometer-long artwork, organizers said.


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-kilometer (0.75-mile) sequence of drawings.


“We have recorded a 1,600-meter-long comic strip, or 1,625 meters 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.


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