Albums, Cigars of the Pharaoh, Herge, Moulinsart

New Tintin Album for 2052????

When I first read the news story I thought it was a joke. But as sure as today’s October 21st, not April 1st, these news come in all seriousness. Casterman and Moulinsart plan on creating one more Tintin album, and its release date is set for 2052. Wait, what?

But how? Why? Whatever happened to respecting Hergé’s wishes that nobody continue with the series? Well, I’ll post the article straight from Le Soir (or rather…from Le Soir through Google Translate. I’ve edited parts for clarity only, since I don’t know too much French, but, only at times, I know a little more than Google).  I didn’t fix everything, and some of the verb tenses are hard to straighten out, but you guys are smart…You’ll get the point.


In an exclusive interview with the Paris daily “Le Soir” and “The World” with Charlotte Gallimard, new director of Casterman and Mouchart Benedict, the new editorial director of the Franco-Belgian publishing house, Nick Rodwell, the head of Moulinsart, unleashed a scoop.In 2052, Casterman will be allowed to publish a new Tintin adventure, a year before Hergé’s work falls into the public domain.Nick Rodwell said that the mission of the heirs of the master of the clear line is to “protect and promote” his work. With this in mind, a new album will be the only way for him to prevent Bashibazoucks from making Tintin into everything and anything, 70 years after the author’s death.

During the meeting, Benedict and Charlotte Gallimard Mouchart also revealed the signing of a sponsorship agreement of the Hergé Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve and the publishing  next year of the “Secrets of Cigars of the Pharaoh ” by Casterman. This album celebrates 80 years of presence in the catalog Tintin Casterman. He will tell in pictures redesigned by Hergé Studios adventure published in black and white in 1934 to create the color album that we know today. Finally, Moulinsart and Casterman are also considering making a movie or a cartoon Jo Zette.

I’ll be honest, Tintinologists. I have very mixed feelings about this, but they are turning more and more negative the more I think about it.  Hergé didn’t want anybody making more Tintin albums. Tintin was his child, and for many years, Tintin literally took over the man’s life. To continue the series, especially so many years after his death, and still consider it official is really a bizarre and kind of uncomfortable idea. I agree with their intentions: I don’t want counterfeit Tintin’s to sprout up and turn Tintin into “everything and anything” either. But really, if that happens after whenever Tintin would become public domain, who does that really harm?

Such publications would fool nobody, especially 70 years after Hergé’s death. And honestly, as much as Moulinsart and whoever else wants to stop it, people already make Tintin into everything and anything. They just don’t easily get away with selling it. And while sure, some cases are “Tintin and Thailand”, many others are just innocent fan art. But nobody’s trying to say that those are official, “canonical” Tintin albums.

But Casterman and Moulinsart have everything to lose financially if they can no longer control who sells and markets Tintin. So in an effort to protect Hergé’s last wishes, they actually have to break them.

What I fear is that this may not become just “one extra album.” Fans will want more. Kids will want more. Compared with other comic books, 24 albums is a small number of adventures. And if the moneymakers can break the rules once, they may just break them again. I can just hear people ask, “After all the work it will take to produce that one super special album, why not take advantage of whoever creates it and let him make a few more?”

But for better or for worse, a lot can happen in forty years. Forty years ago Hergé was still making Tintin albums! What do you think, fans? Is this a good idea? Should we just wait it out and see? I wouldn’t expect too much news on this for a long, long time.

On the plus side, I think a Jo, Zette and Jocko movie would actually be a really good idea.



  1. thierry

    How I see it:

    1. Nick Rodwell is just trying to protect Herge descendant rights. After 70 years with no new creation Tintin will be in the public domain. By releasing a new album 1 year before that the rights will be protected for another 70 years (I think).

    2. Will a new album be bad or good? well depend who you talked to, I really enjoyed the new Blake and Mortimer and the new Lucky Luke albums. Uderzo’s last 4 or 5 album of Asterix were bad, is the new one going to be a hit, well we will see.

    3. Also nothing stop Herge’s widow to order anew album now, they do not have to wait 2052, but by pushing the release of an new album to that date you protected the rights buy 140 years not 100 years if a new album was going to be release this year.

    4. I will enjoy a new album (if it’s good), but I do not want to wait 2052, at age 83 i will be either dead or now being able to remember Tintin due to my advance dementia 😉

    Let’s hope I do not have to wait too long.


  2. I don’t like this idea at all. However if what Thierry said is true, that releasing a new Tintin album, and just that one only, will prolong the rights by many more years then sure.

  3. Hazel

    The only good thing I see coming out of this is the prolonging of the rights… But aren’t there ways to do that without coming out with a new book?

  4. thierry

    @ Hazel,

    That is the portion I do not understand, I though the copyright is given to the person chosen by the author (here Fanny Remi) for 70 years after the death of Herge.

    I have no clue why just releasing another album will qualify for another extension of 70 years.

    If somebody knows anything in copyright laws in Belgium please help us.

    If I find something else I will post.

  5. Steven

    There are probably two different things at stake here:

    1) The work of Hergé
    This will come in the public domain in 2052. So that will stop Moulinsart from having any control over – or any income from – it. From that moment on everybody can freely make copies of any drawings made by Hergé and could do whatever he/she likes with Tintin.

    2) The character Tintin (and Snowy, Haddock, etc.)
    By making a new album just before anybody else is able or allowed to, you can renew a claim of artistical and intellectual ownership of the characters used in the book. While not able to protect the original albums and work by Hergé, the heirs prevent others from sending Tintin c.s. into the most ridiculous situations and remain in control of the good name and spirit of the characters and any new stories.

    Back to the movies:
    At the end of an interview in the New Zealand Herald, that was (mis?)quoted in some Dutch media, Peter Jackson says he wants to focus in the next post-Hobbit years on smaller ‘Heavenly Creatures-like’ movies. He has already had some stories from New Zealand in mind that he wanted to film for a couple of years, and thinks now finally is the time. Where that leaves the Tintin sequel is unclear…

  6. thierry

    @ Steven:

    Your two assumptions make sense, it might be the reason.

    Regarding the movie, I read this article also and a little puzzle by Peter’s comment. I may have forgotten about this big movie he still has to make 😉


  7. Dave

    Oh yeah! Can’t wait. Not for a new album to come out, but for these ‘silver spooners’ to lose control over something they didn’t create. The way Moulinsart treat those who innocently portray or even mention Tintin is disgusting. I really hope many products and albums flood the market. The thing is that Tintin fans know exactly what is Herge’s original work is and the way he writes. I just can’t wait to get accessories and figurines without paying some of the most over-priced outragious costs ever. I just laugh at how they are totally going against Herge’s wishes in considering creating a new album. Does this mean they will take themselves to court? Herge will be rolling around in his grave upon the thought of them doing this. This just lowers my view of these people many more notches. Yep – I just can’t stand these people. Bring on 2052!!!

  8. Michael D. Kimpton

    If they wanna play it safe, they might as well finish “Tintin and Alph-Art”, instead of doing something original.

    Not saying I’m happy with the decision, but they’re gonna do it anyway, so if they are, they might as well finish the story Hergé started, if they want to stay true to the characters and such.

  9. Laura Rose

    Nooooo…. that’s horrible!
    Hergé said: No more Tintin after I die. And they shoud repect that!!
    (Sorry if my english is not very good. I’m spanish)

  10. Pauline

    I’ve read this on the Tintin official facebook page; hah. Unfortunately, I haven’t anything helpful to say, other than, whatever they wish to do with Tintin in the near future, they are entitled to it. But I’m sticking with Herge. I respect the man’s decision and his principle concerning his work. I’m not against whatever they have in mind, but as for “canon” or “original”, the Tintin ended in Alph-Art–incomplete and still in draft process.

  11. Pauline

    However! I do want Tintin’s integrity protected, so in this objective, I kind of support them. But I am worried about the mass reaction, craving for more Tintin books in the future…this will utterly jeopardize the Tintin authenticity which Herge had been firm to preserve. In 2052, they’ll be dealing with new people–who among those will replicate the spirit of Herge? It’s basically up to us veterans to preserve the authenticity and teach it to the next generation! lol. I will start that now by lecturing it on my little sister and some friends. However, Tintin in public domain doesn’t sound a good idea, either.

  12. Peter

    Hey, I’m still alive.

    I can’t help but find it a little amusing you complain about this while defending Spielberg’s movie. To me, it’s still the exact same thing.

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