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Adventures of Herge Hardcover – 28 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly; 01 edition (28 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770460594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770460591
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1.4 x 28.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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 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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The Adventures of Herge is a brief autobiographical comic of Herge's (or Georges Prosper Remi to give his real name) life and, at 60 pages, it's a whistle-stop tour of the highlights of the Tintin creator's life. From childhood, where there were rumours of him being a descendant of the Belgian Royal Family, and where we meet his twin uncles who would later serve as inspiration for the Thompson/Thomson twins, to success with Tintin in the Land of the Soviets when he was in his twenties.

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.
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The Adventures of Hergé is a delightful biographical comic about Georges Prosper Remi, better known as Hergé, the creator of Tintin.

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.
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This is not a literary biography. It's more of a paper biopic. The life of a comics artist told in comics. It's clever, funny, full of discreet nods and allusions to Hergé's body of work, like a game to play to test your Tintin knowledge. The dialogues are fine. The art is superb, influenced more by Alain Saint-Ogan, Hergé's own master, than by Hergé himself, which is a good and intelligent way to avoid redundancy. Try it, you won't regret it.
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The idea is brilliant; A biography of Hergé told in his own clear-line style. And if you are already a fan of Hergé and reasonably well informed about his life it's a good addition to your shelves - though probably not for children. [There is a completely gratuitous and explicit female nude at one point for instance.] The lay-out and colour pays homage to Hergé and the pictures are [mostly] sufficiently well-drawn that it is really puzzling that they are NOT in Hergé's style. The artist is good enough that this could have been achieved (or at least attempted) and it would have added greatly to the charm of the book. It's a real shame because there's clearly a lot of care and hard work gone into this project.
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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A glorious tribute, full of little visual puns and references which Tintin fans will notice and enjoy every time they re-read the book. As with all biographies of Georges Remi it somewhat skates round painful facts about Belgian Catholic antisemetism and collaboration with the Nazis, though it does show how his postwar arrest (and nearly being executed) influenced the Tintin stories. If you love Tintin you must get this book, perhaps the next best thing to Herge coming back to life and producing another one.
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