Posts Tagged ‘Herge’

81-year-old hack who never files gets a 3D film

18 May 2011

The official trailer of the first Steven Spielberg-Peter Jackson 3D film on Tintin, the boy-faced Belgian reporter is now out.

Tintin, whose byline first appeared in the church newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle, would have been 81 this year. He never sat at a desk, never took notes, never filed a story and therefore never missed a deadline. He survived two depressions,  innumerable cost-cutting measures, and job freezes.

Worse, his pet Snowy was always with him.

Also read: Can a boy-actor hold a candle to an editor?

If Steven Spielberg has a casting problem…

All fun and no work makes Tintin a good boy

Was Tintin gay?

Baal ki khaal. Dus hazaar tadtadate toofan

External reading: The Economist on Tintin

Hero survives cost-cutting, jobs freeze, pay cuts

10 January 2009

Tintin, the boy-faced Belgian reporter turns 80 years old today, 10 January 2009.

It was on this day that Herge‘s comic-book hero made his appearance in the church newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle, in which  he visits Russia (Tintin in the Land of the Soviets) to describe the horrors of Bolshevism.

Tintin held the ultimate job in journalism. He travelled around the world (and sometimes beyond, Destination Moon), never had to take notes, never had to file a story, never was worried about being missing a deadline or being reprimanded by his boss, and never therefore gets sued.

And since we are in that gorious era, we might as well rub it in: Tintin never had to hear of words like cost-cutting, streamlining, rationalisation, jobs freeze, or salary cuts.

Tintin’s only recorded remark to his editor (on departing for Moscow) is:

I’ll send you some postcards and vodka and caviar”.

That remark, along with several others is included in a strong body of evidence provided by Matthew Parris, the sketch writer of The Times, London, to conclude that Tintin, like Paris, is gay.

“Billions of blue blistering barnacles, isn’t it staring us in the face? A callow, androgynous blonde-quiffed youth in funny trousers and a scarf moving into the country mansion of his best friend, a middle-aged sailor? A sweet-faced lad devoted to a fluffy white toy terrier, whose other closest pals are an inseparable couple of detectives in bowler hats, and whose only serious female friend is an opera diva… And you’re telling me Tintin isn’t gay…?

“But Snowy saw everything; Snowy knows all. And Snowy never tells. “

Read the full article: Of course, Tintin is gay, ask Snowy

Visit the official Tintin site: tintin.com

Also read: Can a boy-actor hold a candle to an editor?

If Steven Spielberg has a casting problem…

All fun and no work makes Tintin a good boy

Tintin publisher Raymond Leblanc passes away

Can a boy-actor hold a candle to an editor?

29 March 2008

Tongue firmly in both cheeks, Sans Serif is pleased to announce a global campaign for Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter (top, right) to be drafted to play Tintin.

Reports in the British papers suggest that Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson have zeroed in on 17-year-old Thomas Sangster (top, left) to play the boy-reporter who (sigh!) never has to sit down to type out a story of his adventures, face heartless bosses, or fill up a travel voucher.

Sangster is the veteran of movies such as Love Actually, etc, but—sacrilege!—claims he had never Herge‘s 23 books till recently because he wasn’t that “big” on reading.

Continuing coverage: If Steven Spielberg has a casting problem…

All fun and no work makes Tintin a good boy

Tintin publisher Raymond Leblanc passes away

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