First of all, sorry that this has been pretty much a dead site for months. It’s not my fault there hasn’t been news on the movie…
But in other news, I recently made a trip to the beautiful Tintin Shop in London for the first time, and had a blast looking at all the expensive merchandise. I’d already been to the one in Brussels, but this was my first time I’d ever been in a shop with so many Tintin books in English. I love practicing my French, but I love being surrounded by Tintin in my native language…
Most of the stuff there really is kind of expensive. Tintin merchandise in general is overpriced simply because it’s Tintin, but since I live in the land of euros, coming to the land of pounds only made things worse. Still, coming to the Tintin Shop in person saved me the shipping costs of sending a large item all the way to Spain, and I do even think that what I found, I got for a good price. More on that later.
By far the coolest part of the visit was when I told the lady at the counter about how I run this blog, and she kindly told me that I could take as many pictures of the shop to put on the site as I wanted, but most awesome of all, she even let me see this cool new book that’s coming out October 12th.
It was super fun to flip through a book that wasn’t even on the shelves yet. What makes this different from the average companion guide to Tintin albums or Hergé’s life is that this book is filled with replicas of over 20 pieces of “artwork, sketches and memorabilia from Hergé’s archives.” Take for example, this replica of an actual copy of Le Petit Vingtieme from 1929. Other books would show you a picture and you might go “oh, that’s cool, Hergé was inspired by that” or “there’s a picture of an early newspaper with Tintin in it. This book lets you read that newspaper, or hold that picture up close and see all the details.
The removable pieces hang inside in paper pouches, next to chapters in the book that explain their context. I was extremely nervous that I might tear one of the little flaps, but on the other hand, I wondered…If I break this…maybe they’ll let me buy it.”
The author, Dominique Maricq, is the chief archivist at Studios Hergé, and I expect his point of view on the items he chose to reproduce will be fascinating. The book will be released in both French and English, and if you drop by the Tintin Shop in London on the 19th of October, Dominique Maricq himself will be signing copies from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. (The shop also has several autographed copies of other books written by Tintinologist Michael Farr). If you’re like me and don’t live in the UK, you can contact them and, should you choose to order the book, ask for an autographed copy, which will cost the same price. They told me the book would sell for 30 pounds…I’m not sure what the French edition will go for in euros (they probably don’t sell that one at the UK shop, but I assume it will be released online at the same time).
Their site is currently being redone, but here’s some basic information, should you choose to visit:
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The Gaelic, Welsh and Scots versions of The Black Island.
I also got to see the complete collection of the Tintin cars…of which I only have two, still in their boxes and very dusty.
These used to be sold years and years ago at kiosks in Spain. Good memories…
For those interested, here are the Michael Farr books (and also Philippe Goddin…they have autographed copies of those too):
I have the third book in that set (in Spanish) and still haven’t read it all, but it is very interesting.
I left the shop with my own copy of Tintin Mille Bornes, which only cost 15 pounds! Games like that cost a ton here in Spain, so I was very happy with the price, and happy enough with the game itself that I’ll give it its own post later on. Hopefully soon I can stop posting about card games and start posting about real news, but this post at least was a refreshing way to interrupt the silence on this site.
If you do go, feel free to tell me about it in the comments. Maybe somebody can even get their picture with Dominique Maricq. Even cooler would be if we could get him to give us a brief interview for the blog…anybody up for trying to ask him a few questions for this site? Anything he could say about his experiences working as Chief Archivist, or his thoughts on the process of creating this book, would be really interesting. If any of you are interested in trying to talk to him, I can come up with some questions I would ask him and send them to you. That would be an awesome blog post for this site! Remember, he’ll be there from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.