Tintin: the Complete Companion

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A fully illustrated guide to the world-famous comic character Tintin, and his adventures. This well-researched and gorgeously presented overview follows Tintin through the 23 titles of the complete series.

Tintin is the classic example of groundbreaking graphic narrative that all others can be compared to. Written and drawn between 1929 and 1976, the 23 adventures of Tintin, his dog Snowy and an unforgettable cast of characters has become a ...

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Overview

A fully illustrated guide to the world-famous comic character Tintin, and his adventures. This well-researched and gorgeously presented overview follows Tintin through the 23 titles of the complete series.

Tintin is the classic example of groundbreaking graphic narrative that all others can be compared to. Written and drawn between 1929 and 1976, the 23 adventures of Tintin, his dog Snowy and an unforgettable cast of characters has become a defining standard of graphic literature.

The Complete Companion contextualizes the work of Tintin's creator, Hergé, and places it in its historical context. Author Michael Farr shows Hergé's drawings side by side with their references, demonstrating how he established believable backgrounds and realistic details.

The Companion includes a large number of sketches, which Hergé would re-work and polish until he found the clearest, most easily readable line-giving birth to a style that would later be called Clear Line.

The Adventures of Tintin mix universal appeal, adventure and slapstick, drama and humor in a collection of stories that have stood the test of time and whose art style has been adopted by new generations of European cartoonists. This is the ultimate companion to the Adventures of Tintin.

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"... stunning collection of artifacts, including pre-Tintin drawings, Tintin sketches, newspaper clippings, magazine and book covers." -- The New York Times (on Farr's Adventures of Herge)

"...an excellent introduction.... Accessible and engaging..." -- The School Library Journal (on Farr's Adventures of Herge)

"... a delightful introduction to the world of Tintin, providing extended profiles of the series' colorful cast of recurring characters while exploring Hergé's sources for each of them." -- Publishers Weekly (on Farr's Tintin & Co.)

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Tintin is a reporter the way that Indiana Jones is an archaeologist: on the road for assignments, he always finds unexpected adventures. For over 80 years, Europeans have loved the stories of Belgian artist Hergé about this forever-young hero whose slapstick-accented international exploits tug at all ages. Although available in English since the 1950s, Tintin has never captivated Americans. This will surely change when the Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson Tintin film hits the screen next month. Farr, a leading British Tintinologist, uncovers an entire infrastructure for each of the 24 Tintin books: publishing history, racial and ethnicity issues, and especially Hergé's research. Hundreds of fascinating illustrations juxtapose the artist's drawings with archival photo references. Originally published in 2002, the work would have benefited by a paragraph updating Tintin culture plus a few new references. Another drawback: some French cartoons have no translations. VERDICT Recommended for Yankee Tintinphiles and teens and up. It will also serve as a nice story sampler for newbies sucked in by the film and students of graphic narrative. The 2007 Pocket Essential Tintin covers similar ground but without illustrations. Note: Three biographies of Hergé are due in December.—M.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867197549
  • Publisher: Last Gasp of San Francisco
  • Publication date: 9/15/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Farr is a leading British Tintinologist, and an expert on the comic series Tintin and its creator, Hergé. He has written several books on the subject as well as translating several others into English.
Farr was a reporter and foreign correspondent for Reuters and then the Daily Telegraph. He was soon sent to many of the destinations familiar to Tintin, including Africa, the former Soviet Union, and Central and eastern Europe. When based in Brussels, he became acquainted with the creator of Tintin, Hergé, and was later to have access to his extensive archives.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2002

    A Must Have For Any Tintinologist

    It was this book that turned me into a die-hard Tintin addict. Michael Farr manages to pack so much information and colour and detail into this and far from being an obligatory 'Making Of' book, is a great read in itself. It's fascinating to learn about the man behind the myth and the origins of all the characters and situations. A feast!

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