Jul 15, 2006
For those in the greater Los Angekes area, the local PBS station KCET is airing a documentary all about Tintin and his creator, Hergé, at 9pm tonight, Saturday, July 15.
I read Tintin's adventure "Rocket To the Moon" when I was very small, thanks to my older brother, older enough in years to have a great library already assembled. The book fascinated me--its real sense of danger and even a pre-2001 Kubrickian moment, which really blew my tiny mind. And I loved the drawings. And "Snowy", better known as Milou. But where my brother acquired that book, back in the 1960s in an age of very different mainstream comics, I don't know. San Francisco?
Certainly Tintin wasn't the cultural icon here in the US then that he's always been in Europe, and of course he's generally known and loved here now, but not then. So I grew up considering Tintin my personal discovery, my own secret. I hope that's as amusing to my EU pals as it is to me.
I have no idea how good or otherwise this particular documentary is, but it's definitely going to be checking out. Hergé was amazing and started a style of drawing and even of storytelling that continues to this day, carried on by many other terrific artist/writers.