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Hergé, creator of Tintin was born 100 years ago today.
« on: May 22, 2007, 02:29:57 pm »
It's been on the radio all day long: Tintin day. I need to go and read a Tintin comic, I haven't done that in a very long time.


I found this article on the bbc news website:

Belgium is celebrating the centenary of the birth of Herge, the cartoonist who created the most famous Belgian of them all, Tintin.

Commemorative stamps and currency, a new Herge museum and exhibitions of his work are marking the anniversary.

Millions of Tintin fans are also looking forward to the recently announced Hollywood trilogy.

An estimated 200 million copies have been sold of the 23 adventures of the bright eyed, bequiffed boy reporter.


Tintin was the creation of Georges Remi, who was born in Brussels on 22 May 1907.

Reverse the initials - pronounced zhay-air in French - and you get Herge.


His creation first appeared in a Belgian newspaper in 1929 as he made an anti-communist journey to the Soviet Union.

Herge quickly developed his hugely influential "clear line", as it is called - a precise immaculate drawing style which brought him huge success.

Among Tintin's adventures was a trip to the then-Belgian Congo, which Herge later redrew, admitting it had too many of the prejudices of its time.

His reputation is still affected by the fact he continued to publish Tintin strips in Nazi-controlled papers during World War II, but he was in effect cleared of collaboration soon after and created a commercial empire based on his success.

Since his death in 1983, Herge has been the subject of serious cultural analysis.

Tintin is said to embody the myth of the superchild, for example, and could even contain the very secret of literature according to one critic.

Herge's instructions that no-one should ever draw another Tintin has not put off fans, pornographers or anarchists from producing spoof Tintin strips.

But now the Herge estate has sanctioned a Hollywood trilogy overseen by Stephen Spielberg which should ensure world domination for this great Belgian.


« Last Edit: May 22, 2007, 02:46:36 pm by belbbmfan »
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Re: Hergé, creator of Tintin was born 100 years ago today.
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2007, 04:09:16 pm »
Thanks for the info, Fabienne.  I don't remember ever reading any of the Tintin comics, but I'd like to.  He looks rather like my brother Skip when he was a kid.  Skip's birthday is also May 22.  ;D

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Re: Hergé, creator of Tintin was born 100 years ago today.
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2007, 04:13:33 pm »
And while we're at it, here's one that turned up that makes me think Herge would have been a big Brokeback fan.  ;D

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Re: Hergé, creator of Tintin was born 100 years ago today.
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2007, 05:05:41 pm »
I did grow up reading Tintin.  I am glad to read about how his name came to be Herge.  It always seemed unusual.  As I've told Fabienne, I never realized it was Belgian.  I also read quite a few Asterix.

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Re: Hergé, creator of Tintin was born 100 years ago today.
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2007, 05:27:13 pm »
Well, as Fabienne knows, I am a Tintin fan, as is my daughter Hannah. Fabienne and I paid a visit to the Tintin store in Brugge and I bought Hannah a pair of  Tintin socks. I bought myself a Tintin keychain. Fabienne also bought Hannah a book, "Kuifje in Amerika." "Kuifje" means cowlick and that is what they call Tintin in Dutch.

His dog has various names, too. In French he is Milou; in English, Snowy; and in Dutch, Bobbie.

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Re: Hergé, creator of Tintin was born 100 years ago today.
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2007, 06:04:06 pm »
And while we're at it, here's one that turned up that makes me think Herge would have been a big Brokeback fan.  ;D



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Re: Hergé, creator of Tintin was born 100 years ago today.
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2007, 08:50:52 pm »
Cute choice, Elle!  8)
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Re: Hergé, creator of Tintin was born 100 years ago today.
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2007, 06:59:01 am »
great picture Elle

It's from the album 'Kuifje in Amerika' or Tintin in America.



(for some reason or other these pictures are very small, sorry about that)
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Re: Hergé, creator of Tintin was born 100 years ago today.
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2007, 11:35:58 am »
great picture Elle

It's from the album 'Kuifje in Amerika' or Tintin in America.



(for some reason or other these pictures are very small, sorry about that)

I have been "reading" Kuifje in Amerika" and on that particular picture (the campfire picture) it says, "Bij 't krieken van de dag gaan we weer op weg. Die boef mag ons in geen geval ontsnappen."

Apparently, this particular story sticks in everyone's mind because of Tintin in his cowboy get up. A few pages before the campfire scene, Tintin is in the store buying his new clothes and as he admires himself in the mirror, he says, "Zo? Dit is prima!"

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Re: Hergé, creator of Tintin was born 100 years ago today.
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2007, 12:07:07 pm »
I have been "reading" Kuifje in Amerika" and on that particular picture (the campfire picture) it says, "Bij 't krieken van de dag gaan we weer op weg. Die boef mag ons in geen geval ontsnappen."

Apparently, this particular story sticks in everyone's mind because of Tintin in his cowboy get up. A few pages before the campfire scene, Tintin is in the store buying his new clothes and as he admires himself in th mirror, he says, "Zo? Dit is prima!"

L

Thanks Leslie.  I think "Zo? Dit is prima!" is a perfect addition to my new avatar.  Couldn't figure out the longer quote.