Herge, Son of Tintin

Herge, Son of Tintin

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Tintinology [tin-tin-ol-uh-jee] noun - The study of the works of comic creator Herge and the cultural impact of Tintin, his best-known and most influential character.

The adventures of Tintin and his dog, Snowy, have captivated people worldwide since they first appeared as an insert in the Belgian Catholic newspaper Le Vintieme Siecle in 1929. Available for the first time in English, this insightful biography delves deep into the psyche of Tintin creator Georges Remi and his public persona Herge.

Author of the critically acclaimed Tintin and the World of Herge and the last person to interview Remi, Benoit Peeters tells the complete story behind Herge's origins and shows how and why the nom de plume grew into a larger-than-Remi personality as Tintin's popularity exploded. Drawing on interviews and using recently uncovered primary sources for the first time, Peeters reveals Remi as a neurotic man who sought to escape the troubles of his past by allowing Herge's identity to subsume his own. As Tintin adventured, Herge lived out a romanticized version of life for Remi.

Millions have traveled alongside Tintin and Snowy through books, animated television series, theatrical performances, exhibitions, documentaries, and movies, including Steven Spielberg's fall 2011 The Adventures of Tintin. Now Tintinologists have the opportunity to better understand the complex and sometimes dark personality of Tintin's creator and his carefully crafted public persona.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 424 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 32mm | 703g
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • English
  • Translation
  • 14 Halftones, black and white
  • 1421404540
  • 9781421404547
  • 57,024

Table of contents

IntroductionPart I: Georges Remi1. White2. Gray3. BlackPart II: Le Petit Vingtieme4. The Doorway to Le Vingtieme Siecle5. The Birth of Tintin6. A Young Man on the Page7. The Conqueror8. Under the Sign of Kih-OskhPart III: Chinese Ink (1934-1940)9. Another World10. Learning the Story11. Counterfeit Money12. History on the Spot13. The West, Always the WestPart IV: Spoils of War (1940- 1944)14. The Street-Singer's Career15. Here We Are, Captain!16. An Unlucky Star17. The Color War18. This Castle Is No Longer for Sale19. AnxietiesPart V: Intermittences (1944- 1953)20. The Hangover21. The Launch of Tintin22. The Forty-Year Alarm23. The Terrible Year24. Herge Has Disappeared!25. Asking for the Moon26. A Black Hole27. ChillsPart VI: The Boss (1953- 1959)28. The Middle Years29. Fanny30. "International Tintin"31. The Demon of PurityPart VII: Monsieur Herge (1960- 1983)32. The Final Bouquet33. The Studio Trap34. Another Life35. Building the Myth36. A Time of Pretenses37. The Alpha and the OmegaEpilogue: An Impossible LegacyAppendix: Character Names in French and EnglishNotesBibliographyIndex of NamesIndex of Works by Herge
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Review quote

In this enthralling, deeply considered synthesis, brimming with anecdotes and perceptions, [Peeters] has enhanced our understanding and appreciation of the creator, the creation, and above all, the man. -- Paul Gravett * The Comics Journal * Model of economy and grace, mixing meticulous detail and stylized tableaux in perfect proportion so that the story is neither generic nor bogged down by excessive rendering. * Slate * Verdict: Carefully researched (there are extensive endnotes) and well written and translated, this fine study is most appropriate for sophisticated readers or dedicated Tintin fans. * Library Journal * Herge is a granular biography that pingpongs back and forth between the artist and his art, looking to build bridges of epiphany and exposition between the ideas expressed and the life lived. * Washington Post * Well, Blistering Barnacles!, as Captain Haddock would say. The great merit of Herge, Son of Tintin is that Georges Remi is allowed to emerge in three dimensions as what he in fact was: not an intellectual, not an activist, not a saint, but an ordinary man of his times. -- Cullen Murphy * New York Times Book Review * A 'must' for any TinTin or Herge fan. * Midwest Book Review * Why should readers consider another book on Georges Remi (Herge), the creator of Tintin? Because this one was written by a comics writer himself, a man who knows the medium from both its theory and practice, who interviewed Herge and those close to him, and who had access to a trove of vital letters, papers, and notebooks. * Choice *
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About Benoit Peeters

Comics writer, novelist, and critic, Benoit Peeters is one of the most highly regarded Tintinologists in the world. His most recent book is Derrida, a biography of Jacques Derrida.
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