The Adventures of Hergé
"A useful introduction to one of the 20th century's most important cartoonists."-Hollywood Reporter
"[An} intriguing…curiosity…Effortless charm."–New City, Chicago
"Offers greater rewards for dedicated fans than those purely interested by the big-screen adaptation."–THE AUSTRALIAN
"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
"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."–THE MIAMI HERALD
A GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY OF TINTIN'S CREATOR
THE ADVENTURES OF HERGE is a biographical comic of the world-renowned Georges Prosper Remi, better known by his pen name, Herge. Meticulously researched with references 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 and of many generations.
Seven year-old Herge first discovers his love of drawing in 1914 when his mother gives 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. Herge was perceived by some to have aided the Nazi government in Belgium by continuing to publish Tintin in a government-sanctioned magazine, and recounts how the artist 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 HERGE is a loving tribute to Tintin and his creator.
Jose-Louis Bocquet is a French novelist, journalist, and essayist. He has written over 20 books, including biographies of other cartooning legends such as Rene Goscinny (Asterix) and Yves Chaland.
Jean-Luc Fromental is the author of over 30 French graphic novels. He has collaborated with many key figures in French comics, including Yves Chaland and Blexbolex.
Stanislas Barthelemy has drawn graphic novels and children's books in France since 1986. He is one of the founding members of the French seminal publishing house, L'Association.