Thursday, 2 February 2012


This week the class used Stabilo 88 felt tip pens and watercolour paint to work with images of TINTIN
TINTIN by Belgium artist Georges Remi

The Adventures of TINTIN a series of comic books created by Belgian artist Georges Remi (1907–1983), who wrote under the pen name of Hergé. TINTIN was one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century, with translations published in more than 50 languages and more than 200 million copies of the books being sold .

The comic strip series has long been admired for its clean, expressive drawings in Hergé's signature ligne claire style. Its engaging, well-researched  plots straddle a variety of genres: from adventures with elements of fantasy, mysteries, political thrillers, and science fiction. The stories within the TINTIN series always feature slapstick humour, offset in later albums by dashes of sophisticated satire and political/cultural commentary.

TINTIN, is a young Belgian reporter. He is aided in his adventures by his faithful fox terrier dog Snowy Popular additions to the cast included the brash and cynical Captain Haddock, the highly intelligent but hearing-impaired Professor Calculus and other supporting characters such as the incompetent detectives Thomson and Thompson, Hergé himself features in several of the comics as a background character, as do his studio assistants.  

TINTIN first appeared in French in Le Petit Vingtième, a children's supplement to the Belgian newspaper Le XXe Siècle on 10th January 1929. They were xo successful that the serialised strips were published in Belgium's leading newspaper Le Soir and into a successful Tintin magazine.

Germany invaded Belgium in May 1940 as World War II broke out across Europe, and although Hergé initially considered fleeing into a self-imposed exile, but he decided to stay in his occupied homeland. Nazi authorities closed down Le XXe Siècle, leaving Hergé unemployed. He was given a job as an illustrator at Belgium's leading newspaper, Le Soir, which was allowed to continue publication under German management. On 17 October 1940 he was made editor of the paper's children's supplement, Le Soir Jeunesse, he set about producing the new TINTIN adventures. In this new, more repressive political climate, Hergé could no longer explore political themes in his Adventures of TINTIN. As Tintinologist Harry Thompson noted, TINTIN's role as a reporter came to an end, to be replaced by his new role as an explorer, something which was not a politically sensitive topic.

In 1950, Hergé created Studios Hergé. The studios produced the series of twenty-four TINTIN books. The Adventures of TINTIN have been adapted for radio, television, theatre, and film.

With the end of the war, Hergé left Le Soir and, in 1949, accepted an invitation to continue The Adventures of TINTIN in the new TINTIN magazine (Le journal de TINTIN). Finally, Hergé's TINTIN series reached the height of its success in 1950 when he created Studios Hergé. The studios produced eight new TINTIN albums, coloured and reformatted several old TINTIN albums, and ultimately completed twenty-three albums of the canon series. Studios Hergé continued to release additional publications until Hergé's death in 1983. In 1986, a twenty-fourth unfinished album was released, the Studios were disbanded, and its assets were transferred to the Hergé Foundation. The Adventures of TINTIN continue to entertain new generations of TINTIN fans today.

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