Tintin Fans
By now you have probably header about this evil man called Joseph Kony. By the way, he is a Ugandan and leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). What he does is this: he kidnaps kids and makes them terrorist. He even makes them kill their own parents! Until now, he has kidnapped thousands of children along with women as sex slaves. If you still didnt get it, scroll down and watch the documentary. 

So, as you know, Tintin team can't stand these kind of things. So, Tintin, Snowy, Captain, and Professor Calculus along with Thom(p)sons are off to a new adventure: hunting Joseph Kony! haha

Here is what I know~~~~HB

Captain Haddock seems really mad at Kony: 
He is off to get his revenge!! REVENGE... 

Tintin is all ready to bring this mad man down.
Snowy too!! He is always ready. 
Captain was reading the paper to professor, but as you know, he is a little hard at hearing stuff...
So, he doesn't even know about it yet. But guess what will happen if he knows?  Remember ACTING THE GOAT??!!
And guess what?...
The Twins are the special agents sent to Uganda ~~~ and as always he will surprise tintin when they get there... They always pop up. 
I really love these two pages from "Seven Crystal Balls." Captain Haddock is Greattttt and FUNNY! ~~HB

And some more fun...

Recently, when I was reading Tintin adventures, something hit my mind. "Let's play fool around and play with tintin pictures," I said to myself. So here is what I ended up with! 
I hope you like them: DON'T GET ANGRY!!~~HB


The film "The Adventures of Tintin" continues to receive awards and nominations. This time, the production of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson was nominated for five categories of the  BAFTA , the highest British awards for film and television. The film is competing in the categories Best Adapted Screenplay, Special Visual Effects, Sound, Original Score and Best Animated Film. The delivery of the "Oscar" Britain occurs on February 12. 

Moreover, the adaptation of "The Secret of the Unicorn" also was nominated in six categories for the 10th annual awards of the Visual Effects Society . The film is competing in categories such as best character in an animated film (Tintin), virtual cinematography, environment created for an animated film (Bagghar, docks, Pirate Battle) and best visual effects in an animated film, competing with "Cat Boots, "" Rango, "" Kung Fu Panda 2 "and" Operation Gift ". The award ceremony will take place on February 7, USA.

The Association of Directors of American Art announced the nominees for the 16th Production Design Awards . The film "The Adventures of Tintin" competes in the Fantasy Movies category, competing with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Browsing Mysterious Waters" and " Cowboys & Aliens. " The ceremony will be held on February 4.

:: More rewards:

Alliance of Women Film Journalists - nominated for Best Animation (January 10 delivery days);
Florida Critics Circle Films - winner of Best Animation;
New York Film Critics Online - winner for Best Animation;
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle - winner for Best Animation;
Toronto Film Critics - Winner for Best Animation.


The ASA is preparing to launch the book The Art of The Adventures of Tintin, with forewords by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. It is a hardcover book and dust jacket, which accompanies the movie " The Secret of the Unicorn "premiered recently, which has as its starting point the Tintin albums. The animation, visual effects and 3D design of this film were developed by Weta and The Art of The Adventures of Tintin was created by artists who transposed the work of Hergé to the big screen. From the earliest conceptual illustrations to scenes, such as we saw on the screen, through the material that was being developed, however, this book provides all fans a unique insight into the creative process that involves the making of a film of this genre. The book also includes some "artwork" produced exclusively for this edition and will have a circulation of 1,000 copies only. The cover price will be around € 35. Here are some shots from the book:
Here is an extraordinary video, in which the makers of "The Adventures of Tintin" explain how they created this amazing movie! Enjoy!
I am yet to watch The Adventures of Tintin on the big screen. Read a few reviews, but I rely more on my peers than the reviewers and friends recommended that I should go watch. And I will. As someone growing up in the 1980s and the '90s before the onslaught of cable TV and Japanese cartoons, I have a strong emotional connect with the characters.

Tintin and his loveable whisky-loving and faithful fox terrier friend Snowy kept me in adventurous company during many a rainy afternoon. I owned very few of Tintin comics (the price was a big deterrent), but read almost all of them thanks to the comic exchange programme that we friends practiced. One which I missed was the very first one, published in 1929, Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (the other was the last but semi-complete - Tintin and Alph-Art).

Wilfing on the Internet a few years ago, I accidentally discovered Tintin in the Land of the Soviets on Scribd. Though the artwork in Tintin's first adventure is a far cry from the ones later ones which carried our young reporter (though he's rarely seen doing what reporters usually do) and his four legged friend to different parts of the world (including India, particularly the kingdom of Gaipajama, complete with all the stereotypes of fakirs and the Indian Rope Trick).

Tintin comics were not only about entertainment but were also a critique on different existing political systems. Be it the coup curry of Latin America or the Japanese interference in China.

Hergé or Georges Remi (this was a favourite question of quizzards during our time as the name Hergé is a result of transposition of Georges Remi's initials) seemed to uphold monarchy as depicted by Tintin's friendship with the Maharaja of Gaipyjama or his help for King Muskar XII of Syldavia in King Ottokar's Sceptre.

Hergé didn't fancy the communists much. Tintin in the Land of the Soviets shows the Bolsheviks in a very poor light (unlike what we were taught in the school texts during our time). This was perhaps the reason why the comic was not available in India.

Tintin had inspired a number of people to produce unofficial comic books - one being Tintin in Thailand where Tintin goes on a 'sex holiday' to Thailand (it also features almost all of the major characters) - and I too produced my own.

I was 14 and in Class VIII when I put my very own Tintin adventure on paper (with pencils, a black Pilot pen and Camlin sketch pens), titling the work Tintin in Shilliont, keeping alive Hergé's tradition of fictitious lands based on real places. Shilliont was Shillong, my home town.

Unfortunately, I lost that comic. If I remember right, Kisholay Ray (now a budding filmmaker in Canada), a good school pal, who had a much better hand at drawing than me also had his own version.

When the Adventures of Tintin had appeared on television as an animated series, I rarely missed an episode and later watched all of them on my mobile phone. While it may seem that nothing can the experience of the comic book in paper it is as engrossing on a tablet device.

Earlier this month Tintin lovers were overjoyed to find a 'Tintin: The Complete Collection' iPad app for only $4.99. But that was too good to be true. The app is no longer available on the Apple App Store. Apparently the developer didn't have the rights to publish the comics and therefore the app amounted to piracy.

This weekend I plan to put on some 3D glasses inside a dark Delhi theatre to see how Steven Spielberg treated my childhood hero. I don't want to step out disappointed.

Author: Soumyadip Choudhuri 

There are two types of people in this world. Those who like Tintin and those who prefer Asterix. The others - people who don’t know or, worse still, even care - simply do not count.

It goes without saying Tintin fans are superior. They don’t just get off on reading comics but have an appreciation of art, fine storytelling, exotic adventures and detectives in bowler hats.

Asterix is okay - it certainly has its humorous moments but, let’s face it, is more a cartoon strip. He gives adults who like to read comics - we call them graphic novels - a bad name.

One in the eye for boring grown-ups who fail to understand getting old need not mean losing a childish enthusiasm for life is Tintin has become a cool investment.

While you might think it makes more sense to trust overpaid men in pin-striped suits to gamble with your cash the hand of Hérge could be a better bet.

First edition comic books, original art and figurines are all highly collectable - values typically doubling in a decade. With a Stephen Spielberg Tintin movie Secret of the Unicorn on the horizon values could soar higher.

Sales of Tintin items are held at least twice a year in France with the latest last October at the Chateau of Cheverny in the Loire Valley - the inspiration for Captain Haddock’s Marlinpike Hall.

Tintin in the Congo is one of the biggest hits. Perhaps because it is so politically incorrect, with its exploding rhinos, black servants and colonial masters. Last year a rare 1932 edition of Tintin Les Aventures De Tintin Reporter Du Petit Vingtieme Au Congo signed by Hergé as‘ Tintin’ and by his wife as ‘Snowy’ sold for £19,151.

But this is still cheap compared to original art. The world-record for comics is held by Tintin at £508,000 paid in 2008 for a 1932 cover for Tintin en Amérique. A double-page from King Ottokar’s Sceptre sold for a record £212,476 last year.

Collectables too have rocketed in value. A 1987 resin model of Thompson and Thomson in bathing costumes originally sold for £600 hit double its estimate last year at £3,446.

Still think Tintin is just for kids? Admit you are wrong.

But if the numbers fail to convince roll up the sleeves for some hard-headed investment research. No need to be battered into submission by double-speak sales literature or tricked by colourful bar chart projections.

Just go out and buy Tintin in Tibet.



Tintin in America

First published in 1932, this was one of the last few Tintin adventures to be translated into English - the first edition came out in Britain in the 1960s. A reason could be its sensitive themes, including the displacement of native Americans by Caucasian settlers. This is beautifully captured in less than half a page, thanks to Herge's concise, ironic style. Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy bear witness, and also battle Chicago gangsters and corrupt police. 

The Blue Lotus

First published in 1936, then redrawn and colored a decade later, The Blue Lotus brilliantly captures the tensions between China and colonial powers Japan and Europe. Tintin and Snowy track down opium traders in Shanghai even as Japan invades in the lead-up to World War II.

The Secret of The Unicorn

This 1943 adventure and the 1945 sequel Red Rackham's Treasure are the inspiration for the current animated feature, The Adventures Of Tintin. A fleamarket bargain leads Tintin and his seafarer friend Captain Haddock into a deadly treasure hunt that spans land and ocean. The sequel introduces nutty genius Professor Calculus for the first time and is a visual ode to the beauties and dangers undersea.

Click to read it online.

The Seven Crystal Balls

An ancient Inca tomb spells bad news for the archaeologists who discover it and boy reporter Tintin is hot on the case. First published in 1948, The Seven Crystal Balls and its 1949 sequel, Prisoners Of The Sun, were inspired by media hysteria over the deaths of scientists who discovered King Tutankhamen's tomb in Egypt. 

Tintin and the Picaros 

The final complete adventure in Herge's series, this book was published in 1976. It is inspired by the career of Cuban leader Fidel Castro and sees Tintin dragged into a war between two rival guerilla troops battling to control the fictional land of San Theodoros. Though Tintin's side wins the day, Herge's quiet visual commentary makes it clear that this is not entirely a happy ending. Read to find out why.
By Andrew Patton

A few weeks ago I took the opportunity to go to Belgium and while there I visited several places that were related to Tintin. The first was the Belege De La Bande Dessinee or Belgian Comic Strip Centre. This is a museum dedicated to all comic strips from Belgium. In the atrium of the building is a 6ft (2m) bronze sculpture of Tintin with Snowy. Also in the atrium is a 7ft (2.1m) model of the moon rocket.

After paying for my ticket (250Bf or US$5.50) I started to climb the stairs to the second floor where the exhibits are but before reaching the top, I noticed the first "exhibit". The stairs had a chipped tread like the one the Captain tripped on in The Castafiore Emerald. Under the tread they had a frame from The Castafiore Emerald showing the chipped tread.

On the second floor I saw the next set of Tintin statues. This time it was Captain Haddock, Tintin, and Professor Calculus on the moon. I also noticed that all the signs were in French and Dutch only. While I know these are the languages of Belgium, I would think that an English section would be helpful to most visitors.

Only a small section of the exhibits dealt directly with Tintin and they were interesting. There was a section showing all the doubles that Hergé wrote in the stories (i.e. The Thompsons, the Bird Brothers, the Alembick brothers, etc). Another section showed a gift that Hergé made for Neil Armstrong showing Tintin's moon rocket in the background with everyone welcoming Mr. Armstrong in the foreground with Apollo 11, to the Moon.
My next visit was to the Stockel/Stokkel Metro Station where there is a 240m mural of all the characters in the stories. I was quite amused how the characters from on story were next to another set of characters in another story (the Captain in a snowball from Tintin in Tibet right next to Tintin driving a car in Tintin in Congo).