Herge, Rumours, Tintin and Snowy

Only a couple of crumbs of Tintin news this week.

Tintin book targetted over native stereotypes by a school board in Peterborough (America). Whilst I admire their aim to counter stereotypical images of native americans, they seem to miss the point. Tintin in America is racist as were a lot of his early books but Herge was a product of his time and most importantly recognised he was wrong. In later books he went out of his way to show a more sympathetic view of native cultures. Books like Tintin in America should be available to children along with adults who are able to explain the books context.

Simon Pegg once more denies a link to the Tintin movies: Simon Pegg denies Tintin rumours.

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Phthoggos (LiveJournal& FlickR) has put together a sketchbook on FlickR of Tintin drawings by comics artists. It features lots of artist who I don’t recognize but here are a couple I do.

Alex Robinson, writer and artist of the fantastic Box Office Poison:
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Bryan Lee O’Malley writes and draws my favourite Canadian manga, Scott Pilgrim

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Australian DVD produced Umbrella Entertainment have released the two 1960’s Tintin Movies on DVD. They are Tintin & the Blue Oranges and Tintin and the Mystery of the Golden Fleece. Both are $24.99 (Australian dollars presumably) and are in French with English Subtitles. According to Windscorpion Madness “… Blue oranges … was very pleasantly entertain[ing]. The actors got the characters right, Snowy included. Good performance by that dog!”

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Herge’s other comic creations, Quick & Flupke, have been launched in India.

“Even worse will be the Tintin Purists…” is a blog post looking at purists reactions to the Lord of the Rings films. Even if the Tintin Movie is as good an adaptation as Jackson’s LotR then a lot of Tintin fans will complain because their favourite bit has been cut. Personally, I’m going to take the films on their own merit and their general feel. If they are well made films, with good scripts and stick to the general tone of the books, then I will be a very happy Tintin fan.

From The Guardian:

In Tintin’s last-but-one-adventure, Flight 714, our intrepid boy reporter and his friends find themselves on a small and deserted Indonesian island. The first intimation that things may not quite be as they seem comes when a rather bemused-looking but undeniably giant lizard ambles out of the bushes.

“What on earth’s that?” exclaims Captain Haddock. “A monitor,” replies Tintin. “What’s it doing here, pestilential pachyderm?” demands Haddock, displaying his usual grasp of alliteration (and absence of scientific knowledge). “It looks like it’s escaped from the ice age!”

Into the dragon’s den

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Not a lot happening on the Tintin Movie front at the moment. Filming due to start in September, cast not yet announced sums it all up. However, Tintin remains a cultural force, cropping up all over the place.

Bartholome Marquez, the new manager of the Espanyol football team has joined a long list of people, including politicians, to be nick-named Tintin: New adventure for Tintin

On the Tintinologist forum, Pharaoh spotted an interesting plot twist that was lost in the translation into English: Tintin in America: Bad News 🙁

Finally, blogger Jordan Hurder, explores his own fascination with Tintin and makes a few pointed observations.

4. In German, Tintin is called “Tim.” Why do they have to be so efficient?

7. Tintin is supposed to live in the real world, yet he does things that are clearly impossible. In one adventure, he’s stranded in the jungle with only elephants as his company (elephants to whom he relates with polite detachment). To communicate with them, he picks up a tree branch and handily uses a pocketknife to carve it into a giant trumpet that he then uses to approximate the sound of elephant speech. (Aside from the impossibility of approximating elephant speech, there is also the obvious difficulty of hollowing out a 4-foot solid branch of wood using a two inch pocketknife.) The scene where he asks the elephant to spout water out of its trunk so he can shower under it has to be seen to be believed. Also, he showers in his boxers, presumably because Herge didn’t want to show nudity. But is there a bigger secret being hidden here? In another episode, he kills an ape, cuts off its head, and puts its skin on like a suit in order to blend in with the other apes. And it’s not supposed to be gross at all. Gross.

Source: Tintin, Your Flipped up Tuft of Hair is the Least Curious Thing About You

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The Pompidou Centre in Paris has accepted a Tintin strip to be part of its permanent collection. The first comic strip to be included in the gallery.

An original black and white strip, signed by Tintin’s Belgian creator Herge and donated by his widow Fanny Rodwell, comes from the 1956 story, The Calculus Affair, the 18th of the Tintin adventures.

Pompidou contemporary art museum curator Benoit Peers said that the donation could lead the way for the acquisition of more comic strips.

“One can say that Herge remains a pioneer and that Tintin, once again, has shown the way.” he told Le Figaro.

From: Tintin enters Pompidou Centre’s modern art collection in Paris

This is the page in question, I believe, though in black & white and presumably in French.