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Tintin: the Complete Companion [Hardcover]

Michael Farr
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Sept. 15 2011
A fully illustrated guide to the world-famous comic character Tintin, and his adventures. This well-researched and gorgeously presented overview follows Tintin through the 23 titles of the complete series. Tintin is the classic example of groundbreaking graphic narrative that all others can be compared to. Written and drawn between 1929 and 1976, the 23 adventures of Tintin, his dog Snowy and an unforgettable cast of characters has become a defining standard of graphic literature. The Complete Companion contextualizes the work of Tintin's creator, Hergé, and places it in its historical context. Author Michael Farr shows Hergé's drawings side by side with their references, demonstrating how he established believable backgrounds and realistic details. The Companion includes a large number of sketches, which Hergé would re-work and polish until he found the clearest, most easily readable line-giving birth to a style that would later be called Clear Line. The Adventures of Tintin mix universal appeal, adventure and slapstick, drama and humor in a collection of stories that have stood the test of time and whose art style has been adopted by new generations of European cartoonists. This is the ultimate companion to the Adventures of Tintin.

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"... stunning collection of artifacts, including pre-Tintin drawings, Tintin sketches, newspaper clippings, magazine and book covers." -- The New York Times (on Farr's Adventures of Herge)

"...an excellent introduction.... Accessible and engaging..." -- The School Library Journal (on Farr's Adventures of Herge)

"... a delightful introduction to the world of Tintin, providing extended profiles of the series' colorful cast of recurring characters while exploring Hergé's sources for each of them." -- Publishers Weekly (on Farr's Tintin & Co.)

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Michael Farr is a leading British Tintinologist, and an expert on the comic series Tintin and its creator, Hergé. He has written several books on the subject as well as translating several others into English. Farr was a reporter and foreign correspondent for Reuters and then the Daily Telegraph. He was soon sent to many of the destinations familiar to Tintin, including Africa, the former Soviet Union, and Central and eastern Europe. When based in Brussels, he became acquainted with the creator of Tintin, Hergé, and was later to have access to his extensive archives.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I always liked Tintin as a kid, but never appreciated the amount of work that went into the creation of the books. Herge based several drawings on real photographs, some of the originals are here. I also used to think that translating the books into different languages was just a matter of changing the stuff written in the balloons. Hell, no! For example, in the original French version of Tintin in Africa, a rhino gets blown up. In a Scandinavian edition, the Scand editors refused to print such gratuitous violence to animals and several frames had to be changed so the rhino runs away, terrified but alive. Several pages are devoted to Herge's decision to continue working in Nazi Europe. The only problem with this book is that it's not long enough. I am sure Farr could have said a lot more if he'd been allowed to by the publishers!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fabulous !! Feb. 15 2003
Well, now that you have hungrily read and collected all the titles of Herge, the marvelous artist & story teller, this book completes your appetite, as a slurping dessert!.
Contains detailed background on each and every title that Herge published upto the unfinished 'Alph Art'. Contains several sketches and reference photographs the artist used. You live through the mind of Herge, the times and his efforts. How carefully he chooses realism, timely topics and authenticity to spin those wonderful tales of Tintin! It is fascinating to go behind the scenes of the favourite stories. contains tons of information.
This ought to serve as a wonderful reference for artists.
If you are a diehard fan of Tintin & Herge, this book is a must! Great paper quality & print too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this and enjoy Tintin even more Jan. 11 2004
In Tintin: The Complete Companion Michael Farr takes the reader on a trip from the early beginnings of Tintin in The Land of the Soviets to the final and unfinished album of the Alpha-Art. With a contagious enthusiasm Farr describes the creation phase of every album and reveals some remarkable trivia you would normally miss while reading Hergéï¿s masterpieces.
It is refreshing to see how thoroughly Hergé documented himself before letting Tintin loose on yet another adventure. A lot of this documentation is reproduced in this book together with the final drawings, so you quickly get a feel of professionalism Hergé showed in all of his work. This is clearly the main team of this companion.
While guiding the reader through the complete works, Farr does not neglect to describe some of the personal problems Hergé had to deal with during his career. Although Farr gives most of the time his personal view on topics such as Hergé working for a newspaper led by Nazis during the occupation of Belgium and the break-up of Hergéï¿s marriage, the author still gives the readers enough room for their own opinions. The sometimes quite remarkable links between the unpleasant episodes in the life of Hergé and the fantastic adventures Tintin and his elaborate entourage are getting into, can only give the reader more respect for one of the most important European cartoonists of the previous century.
This book is a must have for every Tintin-fan.
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By A. Ross
Anyone who has a complete set of Tintin's adventures on their bookshelves should really have this beautifully produced book to sit alongside them. Leading British Tintinologist and journalist Farr spent five years researching this book in his attempt to provide context for each book in the series. The result is a work that charts not only the personal and professional life of the Belgian cartoonist, but also shows how political, social, and technological changes influenced his storytelling. Each Tintin adventure gets about 4-6 pages, and each section is beautifully laid out, with perfectly reproduced color panels, along with photos and clippings from Hergé's files to show how reality was incorporated into the books. The main theme that emerges is how Hergé insisted that the stories be grounded in reality as much possible, and how he took great pains to create a realistic world for his little hero to operate in. It should be noted that the book is aimed at those who have already read the stories, and assumes intimate familiarity with the series. That said, longtime fans will immediately want to reread each book after reading about it in this companion.
The minor downside is that Farr writes from an unabashed fan's position, and at times he's a little overenthusiastic, repeating certain information. He's also very intent on explaining away the more unpleasant episodes in Hergé's life, such as his working for (some use the term "collaboration") with a German run newspaper during the Nazi occupation of Belgium, or his divorcing his wife after twenty years to take up with a much younger woman, and so forth. One wishes that he'd spent less space as an apologist for Hergé's human failings and done a little more analysis of the stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous July 2 2002
By ilmk
Any successful series tends to spawn a Guide and most of the time they add minimal value to the original series. Not so here. Farr and Remi have collaborated to produce a companion to Tintin that actually enhances the comic strip and makes you re-read them with a new awareness. The layout of the book makes it easy for you to focus on individual adventures, providing a four to six page commentary on the development, accuracy and major plot points. There is an opening section on Herge himself and how Tintin developed over forty-odd years.
It is only after reading this I have realised how accurate Herge was with his subject matter. Again and again you suddenly realise that all the backing images, all the characters are founded on intricate real detail and people to create authenticity.
Quite simply, any fan of Tintin must read this book. It supplies answers to questions you'd never think of and opens you to a whole new side of the hero and his creator.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like TinTin - MUST get this book
I have been a Tintin fan for 25 years, have read what I thought was every TinTin book available. Still, I was surprised at how much I learned reading this Companion. Read more
Published on June 3 2003 by Giant Panda
5.0 out of 5 stars From a TinTin fan
I gave this to my wife for Chritsmas and scored many points in doing so. I enjoy TinTin, but she is a fanatic and reports she cannot put it down.
Published on Jan. 10 2003 by Delta Sigma
5.0 out of 5 stars Just A Note
A reviewer from the UK called this book a successful collaboration between Farr and Remi. Such a collaboration would be impossible for in fact Georges Remi (the creator of the... Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2002 by Niloofar Ziae
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Tintin fan who has all the books
My family collected Tintin and Asterix books when I was growing up. My parents have a complete set as do several of my sisters. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
For all of us hard-core Tintinologists, this is a fantastic addition to our collection. Get this book, you won't regret it!
Published on July 14 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The best companion book ever!
If you are even mildly interested to know how Herge choose his name or those of his characters, if you are kind of interested in the historical background to your favorite... Read more
Published on June 7 2002 by Julia Warkentin
5.0 out of 5 stars COMPLETELY awesome!
If you love the work of Herge, this is the book for you. The most complete volume on the series of Tintin adventures. Read more
Published on May 1 2002 by David Hagen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blue Blazes!! A Tintin "Must Have"
This book provides a fascinating look into the historical context of the Tintin's world and the inspiration for the Tintin stories. Read more
Published on April 30 2002 by Matthew D. Ream
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