This week, the cover shows a funny side of Quick and Flupke instead of Tintin.
Quick and Flupke are two boys that get themselves into a lot of trouble, but I admit I have never had the chance to buy many of their books here and haven’t done so through the internet. I have read some from my library though. They are certainly a step below Tintin, but they are worth a read, especially to a fan of ligne claire or Hergé’s work. This particular cover I found extremely funny after reading it in French, just because it was so unexpected. Quick says hi to Flupke, but he sits in a bad mood and refuses to even shake his friend’s hand. Quick asks him what the matter is, but Flupke doesn’t feel like answering. Is he sick? Has something upset you? Etc… Finally, Flupke yells out something along the lines of ”What’s wrong? What’s wrong??? What’s wrong is that we’re in the middle of August, in the scorching heat, and Hergé keeps drawing me wearing A SCARF!!! I honestly never noticed it on him until he said it. I wonder if comic characters ever complain about what their cartoonists made them wear like little kids might complain about the clothes their mothers picked out for them. Did Tintin finally convince Hergé to let him pick out his own trousers by ”Tintin in the Picaros” ?
By the way, I”m curious whether or not you liked the change of wardrobe in that comic. I actually preferred the earlier pants, but is there anybody out there who likes the newer style more? Just curious. There doesn’t seem to be much in the Tintin world of the internet going on, so maybe a healthy debate over something pointless would help drive some energy into it. If you find anything interesting related to Tintin, I’d be glad to hear about it.