Hergé

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Hergé
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NationalityBelgian

Hergé,

pseud. of

Georges Remi,

1907–83, Belgian cartoonist, creator of the cartoon character Tintin. The boy reporter and his faithful fox terrier Milou (Snowy in English translations) first debuted in a French newspaper in 1929. Accompanied by charmingly idiosyncratic sidekicks, they solved mysteries and foiled crime in exotic locations worldwide, appearing in 23 books (1930–76). Artistically, the cartoons depended on the ligne claire style, which eschewed shading, using instead inked lines of uniform weight and soft colors. Hergé's early works tend to have colonialist, racist, and anti-Semitic aspects, and during World War II he worked for the profascist Le Soir newspaper. Avoiding postwar charges of collaboration, he subsequently created a series of witty, lively, and action-filled adventures that most critics consider his best, e.g., The Calculus Affair (1956), The Red Sea Shark (1958), and The Castafiore Emerald (1963). One of the 20th cent.'s most influential cartoonists, Hergé was also a talented illustrator and graphic designer. The Hergé Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, opened in 2009.

Bibliography

See biographies by P. Assouline (1996, tr. 2009) and B. Peeters (2002, tr. 2011); B. Peeters, Tintin and the World of Hergé (tr. 1992); M. Farr, The Adventures of Hergé, Creator of Tintin (2008); J.-M. Apostolidès, The Metamorphosis of Tintin (tr. 2009); P. Goddin, The Art of Hergé, Inventor of Tintin (2 vol., 2008–).

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When I grew up and found that Herge had written this story, which is quite accurate, nearly two decades before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, my bond with Tintin and its author grew even stronger.
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A case surfaced recently when five parents asked the trustees of the town's Jones Library to relocate a series of "Tintin'' graphic novels, written and illustrated by the Belgian cartoonist Herge.
In 1929, a young Belgian cartoonist, Georges Remi, better known as Herge, created a character called Tintin, who has become one of the most popular comic strip figures in the world.
But the real star of the show was a 1932 cover of Tintin en Amerique by Georges Remi - better known by his pen-name Herge.
The 'Tintin in America' cover, hand-drawn by Belgian writer and illustrator Herge, broke the record - set by the same item in 2008, when it sold for 764,000 euros, the BBC reported.
Differences between Herge's private personality and his public persona are explored in a fine coverage packed with anecdotes and perceptions: a 'must' for any TinTin or Herge fan.
A prime mover in the Dutch underground comics scene of the 1970s and a stalwart of international avant-garde comics, Swarte, like many European artists, was steeped in the Herge style-and engaged it more fully than most.
Together, the two Academy Award-winning filmmakers hope to achieve something that eluded Belgian artist and writer Herge with his Tintin books: a place for his hero in North America.
If you made a live action version of Tintin - as the French demonstrated - viewers don't really mind that Thompson and Thomson have real noses not just the snub doodles that Herge gave them.