The Adventures of Herge

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A GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY OF TINTIN’S CREATOR

The Adventures of Hergé is a biographical comic about the world-renowned comics artist Georges Prosper Remi, better known by his pen name, Hergé. 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 Hergé’s iconic clear line style as an homage to the Tintin adventures ...

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Overview

A GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY OF TINTIN’S CREATOR

The Adventures of Hergé is a biographical comic about the world-renowned comics artist Georges Prosper Remi, better known by his pen name, Hergé. 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 Hergé’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 Hergé 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 Siècle magazine, where Tintin first appeared. His popularity skyrocketed from the 1930s through post–World War Two. Hergé 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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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Georges Prosper Remi, the world-famous "Hergé" of Tintin authorship, himself becomes the subject of a comic drawn in his trademark clear-line color. More an homage than a formal biography, this collection of mostly four-page episodes evokes high points of the artist's colorful life: an early obsession with drawing, a boy scout rescue in the Alps, a first job with Le XXe Siècle newspaper, a first concept for his boyish reporter/detective hero, the ascent to fame, the romantic and professional complications that followed, friendship with a Chinese artist, censure as a possible Nazi collaborator, exoneration and maturity, and then death. Back matter includes character cameos. Unfortunately, the episodes provide little background to explain, for example, references to the "stolen" Soir (a newspaper relaunched by collaborationists after the German invasion of Belgium) or the reason for the accusations linking Hergé to the Nazis. VERDICT This appealing tribute works best for readers who are already familiar with Hergé and can fill in narrative gaps. Unfortunately, the bibliography lacks Michael Farr's Tintin: The Complete Companion (LJ 11/15/11) and Farr's similarly titled prose biography The Adventures of Hergé, Creator of Tintin (Last Gasp, 2008). Note adult plot elements and full nudity in artistic contexts.—M.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770460591
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 806,132
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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 René Goscinny (Astérix) 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 BARTHÉLÉMY 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.

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