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A life in comics
on 13 November 2011
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.