Sunday/ The Adventures of Tintin

Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s 3D animated ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ based on Hergé’s famous cartoon character has premiered in Brussels this weekend.  It will only start showing in the USA on Dec 21.   Tintin fan that I am,  I will have to go and see it.

The Tintin books  have been translated into 60 languages.   The picture shows this week’s TIME magazine cover, and next to it the Japanese translation of ‘King Ottokar’s Sceptre’ that I bought when I was in Tokyo.   It was not easy to find the bookstore that carried it !

From the TIME article – Hergé drew his panels in an elegant, instantly recognizable style that has been so influential, it has acquired a name : ligne claire, or clear line.   Its hallmarks are steady even lines, gorgeous washes of color, precisely detailed backgrounds and stylized, cartoonish faces.

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