Although the first published drawing of intrepid teen reporter Tintin and his little white dog, Milou (known to English-speaking audiences as Snowy) appeared in Belgium's Le Petite Vingtième, the youth supplement to conservative Catholic newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle, on January 4, 1929, Tintin's creator, Georges Remi (better known by his pen name Hergé), insists that Tintin's birthday is January 10, on which day in 1929 the first installment of the first Tintin serial, Tintin au pays des Soviets (Tintin in the Land of the Soviets), was published --- so we choose this week to commemorate the anniversary of this significant moment in comics history.
Tintin is, without a doubt, one of the most towering efforts in the history of comics. Over the course of twenty-three albums, Hergé created a series of globe-trotting adventures full of colorful, memorable characters such as Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus, and the Thompson twins that ranged from the ocean floor to the surface of the moon. The books combined genres from espionage to mystery to political thriller to fantasy to science fiction to Western, all mixed with slapstick humor, to create some of the most charming, suspenseful, and exhilarating comics in history.
The weekend is here! Put down your paperwork, throw your stationery out of the window, and do a victory spin in your office chair --- it's time to catch up on that greatest of all mediums: comics! What's been going on this week? NYCC has fallen upon us all like a giant comfy pillow filled with news, so Weekender is here to catch you up on some of the stories you may have missed, and some of the best writing about comics from the past few days.
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay...
Though he's hardly a household name here in the United States, even among the majority of comics fans, Hergé is a serious contender for the title of "all-time most influential comic artist". He created the globe-trotting boy reporter Tintin in 1929, and until his death in 1983, spun an ever-expanding saga that found the the intrepid lad and his supporting cast exploring the deep sea, landing on the moon, tangling with a yeti, and doing battle with an endless assortment of thieves, scoundrels, and ne'er-do-wells.
I have a theory about the future of archaeology. One day, after the Great Disaster that has been predicted for decades in the pages of Kamandi, future generations are going to look back at the artistic output of the 21st century and wonder just who "Cecil" and "Carlos" were, why they look so different, and where this "Night Vale" place that everyone was suddenly obsessed with actually was. And as they sift through the remains of our society, they will come across the work of Rachel Saunders, and think "perhaps this is why they wrote so much about this Carlos and his hair."
That might be a little dark for an introduction, but the fact remains that Saunder, an artist based in the UK, has been doing amazing work with digital art of characters like Tintin, the Simpsons and, of course, Night Vale's own Carlos and Cecil. You may have even seen her work as a variant cover for Regular Show #3, but even if you haven't, it's worth taking a look. Check out a few of our picks from her gallery below!
Possessed with an unusually strong command of layout and a mastery of multiple illustration styles, former Daredevil artist Paolo Rivera’s work is a favorite of not just other artists but also to fans of design and drawing. The artist caters to both on his blog, which is frequently updated with fascinating process pieces that include his own reference photographs and helpful discussions of technique. We've excerpted several of these on ComicsAlliance before, but none as fun as these wedding invitations Rivera created to pay homage to his new wife April but also the great characters -- notably Tintin creator Hergé -- for whom the couple shares a great love.
As great as many blockbuster films look on screen these days, we live in a strange age where most official movie posters are essentially constantly-reconfigured collages with many devolving into outright Photoshop Disasters...
This just in from the Department of "What Were They Thinking?": The Brussels Appeal Court has upheld the decision to keep Herge's Tintin Au Congo (Tintin In The Congo) on the shelves, ruling -- somewhat amazingly -- that the 1931 comic strip isn't actually racist after all...
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