Adventures of Herge Hardcover – 28 Oct 2011
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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 René Goscinny (Astérix) and Yves Chaland. JEAN-LUC FROMENTHAL 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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It continues from there, revealing Herge's sexual promiscuousness, to his pride that excluded any other artist as being credited on the front of the Tintin books, to his futile efforts to break free of Tintin's shadow, and eventual acceptance of his legacy as being the creator of one of the 20th century's best loved cartoon characters.
The book is drawn in the style of Herge's clear line and the events in his life mirror events Tintin himself would undertake in the books. While the art is wonderful, the limited number of pages makes for only the briefest of acquaintances with the important people in Herge's life as well as many important events only being mentioned in passing.
The Adventures of Herge is an interesting book for those wishing to know more about TIntin's creator and not wanting to spend too long finding out, but anyone expecting a more in-depth look into his life should try elsewhere.
According to Jose-Louis Bocquet and Jean-Luc Fromental, Hergé first discovered his love of drawing in 1914 when his mother gave him some crayons in order to keep him quiet and out of trouble. This incident serendipitously coincided with Hergé witnessing an informal performance from a powerfully voiced family friend who would end up immortalised as Bianca Castafiore, the Milanese Nightingale herself.
Given its format, The Adventures of Hergé goes on then to provide a necessarily whistle-stop tour of the important events in Georges Remi's life. After [presumably] spending his childhood more dedicated to art than to schooling, Remi eventually gets his big break in 1925 when a friend of his in the Belgian Scouts movement helps him to get a job at Le XXe Siécle, a conservative magazine. It was here that Remi adopted the penname Hergé and here, in 1929, that Tintin in the Land of the Soviets was first serialised. Tintin quickly captured the imagination of readers, first in Belgium and then eventually worldwide, and so the escapades of the boy reporter came to dominate Hergé's life.
However, despite any resentment that he might have felt towards his famous creation, it seems that Hergé himself led quite the life. While Tintin was engaging in dangerous exploits and thrilling the reading public, his creator was getting up to a fair number of shenanigans himself. Readers familiar with the adventures of Tintin might well be less familiar with the unusual life [both Tintin related and otherwise] of Hergé.Read more ›
And it is not so much a biography as disconnected fragments of biography almost completely robbed of their context. I could only make much sense of it because I have read a fair amount of other biographical material. What a shame.
It's by no means dreadful but this could have been a classic for Hergé aficionados.
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I'll admit, I've never read any of the Tintin books. My knowledge of the franchise is that the dog appears to be speaking because Hergé didn't know about thought balloons... Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2013 by L. R. Pycock
Nicely produced book but, unless you know a fair bit about Herge, text is difficult to comprehend. I've been an avid Tin-Tin fan for years and have most of the books, so I look... Read morePublished on 21 July 2013 by R. Stansfield
This was bought as a gift and presented to an eight year old boy. I was told he loved it, so it must have been a good buy!Published on 17 Feb. 2013 by norabubbles
Bought this because our children adore Tintin and all things Herge'. Nothing prepared me for the full-frontal nudity and inappropriate situations illustrated in what looks like a... Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2012 by Jennie Chancey
This book is really well done. It goes without saying that it can't include more than a fraction of the facts and figures of a written biography, but it makes up for this with its... Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2011 by rare_comic_books