The Man Who Created Tintin

Book - 2009
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One of the most beloved characters in all of comics, Tintin won an enormous international following. Translated into dozens of languages, Tintin's adventures have sold millions of copies, and Steven Spielberg is presently adapting the stories for the big screen. Yet, despite Tintin's enduringpopularity, Americans know almost nothing about his gifted creator, Georges Remi - better known as Herge. Offering a captivating portrait of a man who revolutionized the art of comics, this is the first full biography of Herge available for an English-speaking audience. Born in Brussels in 1907, Herge began his career as a cub reporter, a profession he gave to his teenaged, world-traveling hero. But whereas Tintin was "fully formed, clear-headed, and positive," Assouline notes, his inventor was "complex, contradictory, inscrutable." For all his huge success -achieved with almost no formal training - Herge would say unassumingly of his art, "I was just happy drawing little guys, that's all." Granted unprecedented access to thousands of the cartoonist's unpublished letters, Assouline gets behind the genial public mask to take full measure of Herge's lifeand art and the fascinating ways in which the two intertwine. Neither sugarcoating nor sensationalizing his subject, he meticulously probes such controversial issues as Herge's support for Belgian imperialism in the Congo and his alleged collaboration with the Nazis. He also analyzes the underpinnings of Tintin - how the conception of the character as an asexual adventurer reflected Herge's love for the Boy Scouts as well as his Catholic mentor's anti-Soviet ideology - and relates the comic strip to Herge's own place within the Belgian middle class. A profound influence on a generation of artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, the elusive figure of Herge comes to life in this illuminating biography - a deeply nuanced account that unveils the man and his career as never before.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780195397598
Branch Call Number: 741.59493 H54as
Characteristics: xi, 276 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 11, 2017

For anyone who is a fan of Herge's works, be it the evergreen reporter Tintin and his adventures, or his funny Quick and Flupke, or the more familial Jo, Zette and Jocko , there is no such thing as enough when it comes to any literature related to the artist or his art.

Last few years has seen a surge in books on Herge and Tintin, Michale Farr's works in particular, and the newly translated Art of Herge series have given new insights into the working of Herge. How he went about creating the stories, what he used for his ever so detailed art work as reference, etc.

This book by Pierre Assouline is a refreshingly new look at the life and times of Herge. The focus is now on the happenings in the background as Herge went about spinning tale after tale of adventure and fun. It gives a very balanced and unbiased view on Herge, his political social situation, his views and attitudes, and how the political situation in Europe during the early twentieth century was shaping the creativity of Herge and others like him.

Aug 08, 2017

A real eye opener to the world in which Tin Tin was created. Though this book may be dense, and not quite as exciting as Herge's comics, it is still an interesting read.

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