The Adventures of HergeHardback
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- Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
- Format: Hardback | 64 pages
- Dimensions: 208mm x 280mm x 14mm | 558g
- Publication date: 6 December 2011
- Publication City/Country: Montreal
- ISBN 10: 1770460594
- ISBN 13: 9781770460591
- Illustrations note: Full Colour
- Sales rank: 90,782
A GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY OF "TINTIN"'S CREATOR by Jose-Louis Bocquet and Jean-Luc Fromental, Illustrated by Stanislas Barthelemy "The Adventures of Herge" is a biographical comic about the world-renowned comics artist Georges Prosper Remi, better known by his pen name, Herge. Meticulously researched, with references to many of the Tintin albums and complete with a bibliography and mini-bios for each of the main "characters," the biography is appropriately drawn in Herge's iconic clear line style as an homage to the Tintin adventures that have commanded the attention of readers across the world and of many generations. Seven-year-old Herge first discovered his love of drawing in 1914 when his mother gave him some crayons to stay out of trouble. He continued drawing in school when he fatefully met the editor of "XXe Siecle "magazine, where "Tintin "first appeared. His popularity skyrocketed from the 1930s through post-World War Two. Herge was perceived by some to have aided the Nazi government in Belgium by continuing to publish "Tintin "in a government-sanctioned magazine, and he was briefly imprisoned in the aftermath of the war and narrowly escaped execution. Also covered are his marriage troubles in the 1950s and subsequent affair with Fanny Vlamynck, who went on to become his lifelong partner; his late career in the 1960s, as his interest in "Tintin "waned and he occasionally "disappeared" for weeks at a time as he contemplated giving up his career to become a fine-arts painter; and a recounting of a humorous encounter with Andy Warhol.
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JOSE-LOUIS BOCQUET is a French novelist, journalist, and essayist. He has written more than twenty books, including biographies of other cartooning legends such as Rene Goscinny (Asterix) and Yves Chaland. JEAN-LUC FROMENTAL is the author of more than thirty French graphic novels. He has collaborated with many key figures in French comics, including Yves Chaland and Blexbolex. STANISLAS BARTHELEMY has drawn graphic novels and children's books in France since 1986. He is one of the founding members of the French seminal publishing house L'Association.
By Heidi 24 Aug 2013
Bought this for my kids as they love Tintin books. I thankfully read it first and was horrified by the filth in it and threw it in the bin. If Herge was such a person I'm not sure why anyone would want to put it in comic form with children as a possible audience. It has coloured my view of Tintin books which is a shame because I have enjoyed them for years. Don't buy.