Le Chat

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Le Chat
Publicity shot of Le Chat, resting on a bureau. Drawn by Philippe Geluck
Publication information
Publisher Casterman (Belgium)
First appearance 1983.
Created by Philippe Geluck

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Le Chat (French for "the cat") was a Belgian daily comic strip, published in the newspaper Le Soir' from March 22, 1983 until March 23, 2013.[1]

During its run it quickly became one of the bestselling Franco-Belgian comics series and the mascot of Le Soir. While virtually an icon in Wallonia he's far less well known in Flanders.


Le Chat is an adult, human-sized obese, anthropomorphic cat who typically wears a suit. He always has the same physical expression. He often comes up with elaborate reasonings which lead to hilariously absurd conclusions e.g. by taking metaphors literally or by adding increasingly unlikely what-ifs to ordinary situations.

One page in length, it appeared weekly in the "Victor" supplement of Belgian newspaper Le Soir. For Le Chat's 20th anniversary in 2003, Le Soir allowed Geluck to illustrate that day's entire newspaper. An exhibition of Le Chat's history (and that of his creator), "Le Chat s'expose", was first held at the Autoworld Motor Museum in Brussels in Spring 2004, and has since toured Europe. In March–October 2006 it even appeared at Les Champs Libres in Rennes.

In popular culture

As part of the Brussels' Comic Book Route a wall in the Zuidlaan/Boulevard du Midi in Brussels was dedicated to "Le Chat"[2] in August 1993.

On October 11, 2008 Le Chat received his own market place in Hotton in the Belgian province Luxembourg. A statue of him, sculpted by François Deboucq, was placed in the center, depicting him holding an umbrella which rains water down from inside.[3]

On July 3, 2015 it was announced that "Le Chat" would receive his own museum.[4]


  1. Le Chat, 2001
  2. Le retour du Chat,, 2001
  3. La vengeance du Chat, 2002
  4. Le quatrième Chat, 2002
  5. Le Chat au Congo, 2003
  6. Ma langue au Chat, 2004
  7. Le Chat à Malibu, 2005
  8. Le Chat 1999,9999, 1999
  9. L'avenir du Chat, 1999
  10. Le Chat est content, 2000
  11. L'affaire le Chat, 2001 (Available in English as "The Cat's travels" in 2010)
  12. Et vous, chat va ?, 2003
  13. Le chat a encore frappé, 2005
  14. La Marque du Chat, 2007
  15. Une Vie de Chat, 2008
  16. Le Chat, Acte XVI, 2010
  17. Le meilleur du Chat,, 1994 (Available in English as "God save the Cat" in 2008)
  18. L'excellent du Chat,, 1996
  19. Le succulent du Chat, 1999
  20. Entrechats, 1999
  21. Le Top du Chat, 2009


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