Offers greater rewards for dedicated fans than those purely interested by the big-screen adaptation.The Australian
A graphic biography of Tintin's creator
The Adventures of Hergé is a biographical comic of the world-renowned Georges Prosper Remi, better known by his pen name, Hergé. Meticulously researched with reference 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 the iconic clear line style as an homage to the Tintin adventures that have commanded the attention of readers across the world over 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 Siecle magazine where Tintin first appeared. His popularity skyrocketed from the 1930s through post-WWII. Hergé was perceived by some to have aided the Nazi government in Belgium by continuing to publish Tintin in a government-sanctioned magazine; he was briefly imprisoned in the aftermath of the war and narrowly escaped execution. Also covered are his marriage troubles in the 1950s and his 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. Funny, charming, and packed with information, The Adventures of Hergé is a loving tribute to Tintin and his creator.
Praise for The Adventures of Hergé
Barthélémy wisely evokes Remi’s style without attempting to copy it…the book evokes an unspoken fusion between its subject and his work…One can almost imagine slipping the pages of The Adventures of Hergé between the Tintin albums themselves, filling in blanks and bridging gaps. Somewhere between this episodic but evocative comic-book bio and Tintin’s own adventures lies the story of Georges Remi, hidden in the white expanses that separate one panel from the next.Slate
[An] intriguing…curiosity…Effortless charm.New City Chicago
Delightfully drawn in a style that’s an uncanny homage to the late artist…The universal appeal and sheer volume of material, along with its consistent quality and rich cast of characters make it an appealing and rich expression of the medium and society. This graphic bio of the man behind the character is well worth the trip.Miami Herald
A useful introduction to one of the 20th century's most important cartoonists.Hollywood Reporter