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Sorry, fellow Tintin fans. I haven’t posted here in about a year! But I haven’t been dead-just waiting. The truth is, there hasn’t been much word about Tintin 2 for ages.

But now, though I’m not sure where it came from, we have a date. The IMDB page for Tintin 2 (which still lists the next title as “Prisoners of the Sun”) sets the release date as December 16th, 2016.

Regardless of what stories are in the next film, 2016 may be a realistic release date. I hope it isn’t a bit early, since it doesn’t look like work on this film has gone very far at all. But at last Jackson has Middle Earth out of the way. Tintin 2 looks like a logical next project for him to take on-not only has he been looking forward to this project, but it is sure to make money around the world. I just hope they market it better in the US than they did the last film.

What do you guys think? Can we trust this date? Or is it as uncertain as the title? Personally, I think Prisoners of the Sun would be a great choice for Tintin 2. But we were led to believe years ago that the film would be a different story, and I still haven’t found any reliable source correcting that idea.

Source: http://welovetintin.weebly.com/tintin-2-news/january-02nd-2015

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Back in October, we received news that Moulinsart is planning to release a brand new adventure to stop all things Tintin from going into the public domain. But since that won’t happen until 2052, the news seemed quite premature. As controversial as the idea might be, the real debate will more likely be had by our children, or even our grandchildren.

But after a recent debate at Angouleme, it seems Nick Rodwell and friends might not think it’s a bad idea to make another Tintin album as soon as possible. In an interesting article on the subject, Bleeding Cool wraps up their news on the subject with this paragraph:

They seem to be preparing the way for a collection of lot of different creators doing their take on Tintin, along the model of Dupuis’ “Spirou by” series. And this kind of event is the first step along that path. Others brought into doubt that Herge did, indeed, request no more Tintin after his death. And others that the issue comes down to how you can separate Tintin work by Herge and work by future creators sufficiently, so that there is no “volume 25″. A well as Asterix, the example of Blake & Mortimer being successfully revived after the author’s death to critical acclaim was mentioned. And Rodell mentioned that the topic comes up constantly at home with his wife.

The debate itself, held in French, also hosted Benoit Mouchart (the editorial director of Casterman) and Renaud Montini, an intellectual property lawyer. I have a decent level of French, but the video is over an hour long, and I’m not sure if the French Youtube captions even match. I haven’t tried to watch it, but if any French speakers out there would like to (Thierry?), be my guest. Perhaps you could shed some light on any other details Bleeding Cool didn’t mention.

My understanding is that despite all this talk, much of it may just be talk. Without the permission of Hergé’s widow, I don’t think these plans will come to anything. But if she ever changes her mind, it’s feasible we could see new Tintin adventures on the shelves quite soon.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. It is one thing to transfer Tintin from the page to the screen, and even in Hergé’s day this was done with a fair amount of artistic license. It’s another thing to continue the original adventures in their original medium, some fifty years after the originals ended. Even if Hergé had wanted the strip to be be continued after his death, I’m not convinced this would be a good idea now.

There’s a huge difference between continuing a strip like Asterix and continuing Tintin. For one thing, one of the most interesting things about Tintin is how he took readers all around the world, dealing with current events as he went. From a literary perspective, Hergé practically summed up all of the 20th century into just under 25 albums. The strip itself is timeless, but it was heavily influenced by what was going on at the moment.

Give me your input, fans. If new Tintin albums do come out, would you like to see them set in the present day, having Tintin deal with the internet, the European Union, or even the wars going on in the Middle East today? Would you like to first see what Tintin was doing in the rest of the 80’s and the 90’s? Or would you rather that we lose that connection with Tintin living in our present day, and instead have more adventures set in some hard-to-pin-down time frame between the fifties and eighties?

Source: Bleeding Cool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Back on Tintin’s birthday I posted about a new store selling Tintin merchandise in Madrid. As it turns out I was able to visit the store that same day, but I haven’t gotten around to posting about it until now.

First of all, I apologize for what was a bit of false advertising on my part. The store is not really a “Tintin Shop” like the ones in Brussels or London. It’s not part of the “Boutique Tintin” chain. It is apparently officially licensed to sell Tintin stuff, but differs from those other stores on a number of points. For one thing, it is much smaller-(even the Tintin Shops aren’t that big, but this could have fit in my bedroom). What surprised me most (and what none of the newspaper articles I read mentioned) was that it does not sell Tintin items exclusively.

Small as it may be, the left side of the single room sells electronics, while the right side of the shop displays Tintin things. Honestly, there was a bit of a dichotomy between the expensive, classy merchandise and the tacky cell phone cases and computer parts. The store is run by a partnership of two friends (/family members?) who co-run the place. It didn’t help that the sudden burst of publicity had almost left the poor lady with nothing Tintin to sell, as fans had rushed in and bought everything they could grab. She still had a good amount of things on the shelves, but hardly a store full of them.

But after taking the time to go downtown and finding the store, I didn’t care about these “issues.” Besides, the Tintin merchandise there was was neatly arranged and ready for us to check it out. I came with a young friend of mine who is just discovering Tintin. It is fun to watch children begin to love Tintin, unaware of the “sophisticated” world of grown-ups that have turned him into their hobby.

The owner let me take some pictures of the clean part of the store, which was very nice, and both my friend and I bought some very tiny figurines, my friend’s of Tintin sitting with a bowl of butter tea from Tintin in Tibet. The owner told us a funny story about how she had traveled to Tibet and had gotten all excited that she would finally try butter tea, only to discover it was one of the most disgusting things she had ever drank.

I hope to come back again soon when they have more things in stock, but I also bought a cool “Explorers on the Moon” themed sticker book. That two part series is my favorite of all the books, so I have a thing for picking up merchandise from those stories. Though intended for children, I realized the book would make a great backdrop for some of my other figures, and for just four-fifty or something like that, the book was a steal.

 

By sheer coincidence, when I came downtown it was cheaper to park outside the city and take the metro downtown. And just streets away from where we parked is Tintin y Milu street, the only street I know of named after Tintin and Snowy (though I wouldn’t be surprised if Belgium has one somewhere). I had to stop and show it to my friend, who was excited about it.

 

It may be small, but I think the “Estrella Misteriosa” store downtown will turn out to be one of Madrid’s hidden treasures. I hope it stays in business through the tough financial times.

 

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If you are…take a picture, ask a question, anything! Whatever. Any comment you leave would be great.

I have no idea how busy the place will be. Even if you just go, get in, and get out, we’d love to hear from you.

If you actually have the chance, perhaps you could ask any of the following questions:

What is your favorite Tintin album, and, briefly, why?

What was your involvement, if any, with helping in the production of the last Tintin movie?

I wouldn’t expect him to have been involved, but you never know.

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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:

Address: 34 Floral St, London, Greater London WC2E 9DJ, United Kingdom
Phone:+44 20 7836 1131
Hours:
Monday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Friday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday 12:00–4:00 pm
I’ll finish with a few pictures of the shop itself. I especially thought these were interesting to see side by side:

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.

 

 

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In an interview with Spielberg, the Times of India asked about when Tintin 2 might hit theaters. This was Spielberg’s response:

 

 “Peter Jackson is directing the next one, I’m producing. We have a script and we’re going to start performance capture probably at the end of this year.

“Don’t hold me to it, but we’re hoping the film will come out around Christmas-time in 2015. We know which books we’re making, we can’t share that now but we’re combining two books which were always intended to be combined by Herge.” Smiling impishly, refused to confirm or deny the guesses we hazarded but when specifically asked about ‘The Blue Lotus’, said it would probably be the third Tintin film.

 

The strange thing about The Blue Lotus being the third film is that, in Tintin’s room on the wall, there are framed newspaper stories showing details from both The Cigars of the Pharaoh and The Blue Lotus (as well as, by the way, The Black Island, which I know some of you have suggested would be a fun choice). I’ll borrow these from the site I linked to in my last post:

As of right now, Tintin is set up almost completely in the correct chronological order. It would be odd to undo that later, especially considering how many other good albums there are later on to choose from.  Still, Cigars of the Pharaoh and The Blue Lotus do definitely come to mind as books Hergé intended to combine together. The other options that are directly sequels (other than finishing up with Red Rackham’s Treasure)  to each other would be the moon books, the prisoners of the sun books (which we have been lead to believe are not the chosen books) and…well, perhaps you could combine The Blue Lotus and Tintin in Tibet…(for the third one) with the Blue Lotus part being a flashback. I’m curious-what are your thoughts?

 

By the way, Anthony Horowitz has tweeted that he will be in New Zealand in November, and this matches the time frame that Spielberg gave for when they hope to shoot the motion capture. So even if we don’t get to see the next movie for a long time…at least we should be able to really follow its creation fairly soon.

Sources: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-03-12/india/37650493_1_steven-spielberg-movies-indiana-jones/2

http://www.a113animation.com/2013/01/damien-presents-full-and-comprehensive.html

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I thought about maybe writing an article on Easter Eggs in the Tintin movie. But there’s no need. Archibald has already done an extremely thorough job. So please, while we wait for new of the next Tintin movie, please do read this and appreciate the last one a little bit more.

http://www.a113animation.com/2013/01/damien-presents-full-and-comprehensive.html

 

Also, we are on the lookout for two unknowns: what is the exact panel that the Tintin portrait Hergé paints at the beginning comes from, and why is Portsmouth in the opening credits? Did Tintin go there, or did someone in the cast or crew work there or come from there?

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With the new release of The Hobbit, of course Jackson was bound for some interviews on what was to become of his future projects, and Tintin 2 thankfully came up.

Peter Jackson has a ton of work to do with his movies, and has told us that he would rather stay on one movie at a time. Nevertheless, he said he was planning on talking with Anthony Horowitz more soon and shooting in 2013, with the hope of finally releasing the movie sometime in 2015.

This isn’t HUGE news, and 2015 is still far away, but it does let us know that plans to make the movie (which we’ve known for over a year were being formed) are finally taking shape. And, hopefully, we will soon have more interesting news, interviews, casting, (a title!), etc. Stay tuned fans! I haven’t been dead. Just waiting…:-)

Source: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/peter-jackson-says-hell-shoot-adventures-of-tintin-sequel-next-year-for-2015-release-20121212

 

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One year ago today the “Tintin Movie” was shown in Belgium. To celebrate, today I put in some of my favorite scenes of the blu-ray copy I own (and seriously, if you don’t have it in HD…you should). Weta put so many details into every frame…I could follow a specific pirate I hadn’t been watching, a part of Marlinspike Hall I’d never seen…There are so many details!!! Thank you, everybody who made the movie, for doing so.

Sometime in the next few weeks, I will be watching and reviewing some Tintin movies that are certainly oldies, but not necessarily goodies, depending on which guy you talk to. I received as a great gift a DVD box set of the 1964 “The Calculus Affair,” the 1969 “Temple of the Sun”, and “Tintin and the Lake of Sharks.” I have only ever seen the last of those three, simply because I never could find a copy in person and I’m too lazy/cheap to find them online. But on top of it all, I’m going to challenge myself: I’m watching these three films in their ORIGINAL french, because I just don’t trust/like the english dubbing (actually, my DVD doesn’t even have English dubbing. They come in French, Spanish, and Catalan…). I’ll put subtitles on in Spanish to get the words I miss, and I hope it will be a lot of fun, whether I love them or hate them.

Did you watch Tintin today? Did you come up with something special Tintin related to do?

If you followed these posts to the end, thank you. Thanks for holding on there with me while I wait for Tintin 2 to really get going (thanks a lot, whoever came up with The Hobbit 3…now HOW long will it be before Tintin 2 comes out…).

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Only three days until the first anniversary of the release of “The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” in theaters, marking a modern-day landmark in Tintin-related history.

I don’t know I did not know this, or if I did I have since forgotten, but Tintin was originally released on the 30th anniversary of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

This piece of trivia is so well known I don’t count it worthy of its own post, so I’ll throw it in here. Spielberg first found out about Tintin when a French critic compared Indiana Jones to Tintin in a review.