Tintin: the Complete Companion Hardcover – Sep 15 2011
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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.)
About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
It is refreshing to see how thoroughly HergÃ© 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 HergÃ© 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 HergÃ© had to deal with during his career. Although Farr gives most of the time his personal view on topics such as HergÃ© working for a newspaper led by Nazis during the occupation of Belgium and the break-up of HergÃ©ï¿½s 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 HergÃ© 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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on June 3 2003 by Giant Panda
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
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 morePublished on Nov. 8 2002 by Niloofar Ziae
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 morePublished on Aug. 28 2002
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
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 morePublished on June 7 2002 by Julia Warkentin