A number of years ago I wondered into my local bookstore and happened upon a large collection of handsome hardcover volumes by Little, Brown Young Readers collecting Hergé’s Tintin. I flipped through a volume on the shelf and was immediately struck by the high production values, the clear presentation of the story on the pages, and Hergé’s crisp lines and art style (particulalry his “ligne claire” technique as I’d hear it referenced later). It’s likely that I saw an episode or two from the animated series in my younger days because he seemed familiar. But whatever the case I didn’t have the funds to splurge on additional books at the time (anybody purchased a college textbook in a while?) and regretfully put the book back on the shelf, filing it under the ‘check it out later’ file in my mind. Since, I’ve done just that and learned a lot more about our hero and I’m rarin’ to start reading. Having reigned in the number of new comics I was picking up, I’m now down to ~ 8 titles (give or take a couple each month) and am seeking out the majority of those in TPB, so I’ve got a few pennies left over to try out new things and by golly it’s time for me to give Tintin a try! The Adventures of Tintin Vol. 1 should arrive any day now and I really can’t wait to get started. I always feel a little ashamed when I’m late to the party in cases like this, particularly given how beloved Hergé and the character are, but circumstances being what they are I’m just glad that I’m getting the chance to jump right in now.
And speaking of Tintin, no doubt most of you know that he’s getting the Big Screen treatment in 2010 in the form of a 3-D motion capture animated film by Steven Spielburg, Peter Jackson and Steven Moffat that’s based on the classic series. Back in 2007 Variety quoted Spielburg as saying:“Herge’s characters have been reborn as living beings, expressing emotion and a soul which goes far beyond anything we’ve seen to date with computer animated characters.” Sounds great, though I don’t know quite what to make of it yet given that I’ve not seen a screenshot of what they’re talking about as it relates to the film but I have to applaud the commitment. Spielburg continued, saying “we want Tintin’s adventures to have the reality of a live-action film, and yet Peter and I felt that shooting them in a traditional live-action format would simply not honor the distinctive
look of the characters and world that Herge created.” Apparently there are at least two films being produced, one by Speilburg and one by Jackson, with a third film being seriously considered. Looking foward to some more news soon, and hopefully excitement surrounding the film will lead to a release of The Adventures of Tintin DVD set so that I can see it in its entirety as well!
Let the adventure begin…