Thanks to my wonderful partner, I’m going to Brussels sometime soon (probably around September). This will be my first visit to the city and obviously I will be looking at a lot Tintin related stuff such as The Herge Museum and the Belgian Centre of Comic Strip Art. However I also want to see the less obvious side of Tintin & Brussels?

Can anyone suggests places to visit that are a bit more off the beaten trail? Great bookshops, smaller museums, interesting places to eat & drink, places to stay?

It doesn’t have to be Tintin related. I will be traveling with my partner so some of the trip has to be non-Tintin related. Anything relating to beer and / or chocolate will do nicely on this front.

Finally, is there a good time to visit? Are there any special events taking place in the early autumn? Should we avoid certain dates because of school holidays and the like?

Any advice and suggestions about the trip are welcome. I will be posting more details as we firm up are plans and of course, I will be writing and Twittering about it as we go.


Nothing to do with Tintin, other than it happened in Anterwerp, but I like flash mobs and this one is extremely well done.

It was done as a promotion stunt for a Belgian TV program / competition for the casting of The Sound of Music.


Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is one of those iconic books from my childhood. It seems to perfectly capture a small boys imagination and dreams and the pictures were just iconic. One glance and they are instantly recognisable.

Like most of my children favourites, it is being made into a film. Spike Jonze is directing so I’m expecting something stunning. His previous films, Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, are just incredible works that play with reality and cinematic conventions. There are rumours that the first edit of Where the Wild Things are were too dark and disturbing forcing the director to re-shoot large parts of the film.

How ever the film turns out, it looks like it is going to be stunning and match the books iconic images.


Source and more images: Where the ‘Wild Things’ Pictures Are


Not Safe For Work

If you don’t like swearing or you are not aware of the Teesside region of the UK, then this clip probably won’t make any sense to you.

But I love Teesside Tintin. Partly its the juvenile humour and partly it is the juxtaposition of the clean cut Tintin with anti-social working class Englishness. Mostly I love this because it is because it is remix culture at it is best. Taking an existing body of work and doing something new with it.

Of course this breaks copyright law, at least in some countries, but there is no reason for it be treated as illegal. No one is going to confuse this with the real Tintin cartoon and no one is making any money out of Teesside Tintin.

It is about people finding ways to be creative and exploring new ideas. Just as Herge learnt to draw copying others works, in fifty years time some great artist will be talking about they learnt to express themselves remixing things on You Tube.


I found this whilst combing the net for Tintin goodies.

The Pocket Essentials guide to Tintin is a handy guide to Tintin and all his adventures. Another spam website (I’m not going to link to it) had the guide listed but clearly had translated the sales blurb for the book from English into something else and back again. Why I don’t know but I love the results.

Translated Version

These insignificant guide be full to the margins next to striking facts and enlightening transcript. — Publishers Weekly

The silhouette of Tintina childlike man wearing golf trousers, running with a white fox terrier with his sideis in good health one of the maximum common ocular icon of the aloft to date world. In certainty Tintin be nine years elder than Superman and 10 years older than Batman, have first appear in Belgium in 1929.

This fully revise and expanded edition of this uncultured pocket-sized insinuation book offer a complete and reproving overview of the Tintin series. Starting with the character’s bankrupt origins contained by the children’s add-on of a Belgian Catholic tabloid in the 1920s, the author track Tintin’s perfection and glory for the period of the decades, as well as the extreme World War II years.

Each tome is analyzed in undersized itch, both in the context of the series, and in its larger hulk: that of the comic’s environment and of society in broad. The authors also outward viewing at the massive industry that clasp business circa the numeral of Tintin, the trivia, the anecdotes, the films and small screen progression, and the host of Tintin spin-off.

Original Version

These miniature guides are packed to the margins with important facts and enlightening commentary — Publishers Weekly

The silhouette of Tintin—a young man wearing golf trousers, running with a white fox terrier by his side—is easily one of the most recognizable visual icons of the modern world. In fact Tintin is nine years older than Superman and 10 years older than Batman, having first appeared in Belgium in 1929.

This fully revised and expanded edition of this popular pocket-sized reference book offers a comprehensive and critical overview of the Tintin series. Starting with the character’s humble origins in the children’s supplement of a Belgian Catholic newspaper in the 1920s, the authors track Tintin’s development and success throughout the decades, including the stormy World War II years.

Each book is analyzed in detail, both in the context of the series, and in its larger framework: that of the comic’s medium and of society in general. The authors also look at the massive industry that has developed around the figure of Tintin, the trivia, the anecdotes, the movies and television series, and the multitude of Tintin spinoffs.

It makes we want to get Google’s Babelfish on to the job of translating the actual Tintin books.


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