The Boy, The Dog, and The [Endearing] Drunkard

4 Apr

Guess what? I’m thinking about the quality literature of my childhood today. Prepare yourself for a very Tintin-centric post.

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My Dad grew up reading the Tintin graphic novels (written by Herge, 1907-1983), and, good father that he is, he passed it along to me. Considering that I began my journey at around eight years old, it’s not hard to imagine that by now, I’ve read a good deal about Tintin and his adventures.

So it’s only natural that I want to be Tintin when I grow up.

For those of you haven’t partaken of this particular pleasure, let me explain.

Tintin is a Belgian reporter. Or so we’re told. Despite never actually reporting or working at all, Tintin manages to sustain a lifestyle as a well-known, well-traveled, successful young man.

And that, right there, is the American dream, ladies and gentlemen. Tintin gets paid [presumably] to go on adventures and use his status as a reporter to get everywhere.

China.

America.

Tibet.

Sydney.

The bottom of the ocean.

The moon.

Everywhere.

And everywhere he goes, he brings along his faithful companion, Snowy, whose sound effects baffled me for most of my early childhood.

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For real. I have still yet to accept “wooah” as an appropriate spelling for any noise made by a dog.

And, lest we forget, Tintin’s other recurring friend: a drunkard with a nasty temper and potty mouth. An endearing drunkard, however, so it’s okay.  Who doesn’t love Captain Haddock?

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As you traverse this enrapturing and delightful series of graphic novels, you will encounter:

  • Villains with terrible names

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  • Bad influences for children

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  • Long explanations that insure that you will never understand any plot fully until you can convince yourself to commit five minutes to reading the tiny, tiny script crammed into one panel

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  • Crippling jealousy over the fact that your boss doesn’t assign you to march off haphazardly into the unknown with questionable, yet endearing companions

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  • Humor lost on the age group that the stories were written for
  • Fantastic storylines
  • Adventure

These books were one of the hallmarks of my childhood, and I’ve yet to give them up in exchange for adulthood. I would absolutely recommend the original Tintin to anyone who likes the Tintin movie, likes quality and iconic literature, likes feeling awesome as they read a massive comic book, or has read Tintin in the past and needs a stroll down memory lane.

Thus ends today’s fangirling.

See you next time!

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3 Responses to “The Boy, The Dog, and The [Endearing] Drunkard”

  1. Emily C. April 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    Wow… I don’t know what brought up Tintin again, but crazy timing! I follow a couple Sherlock boards, and one of them recently posted a link to this: http://abitto.tumblr.com/post/47008566118/livestream-result-tintin-lock-captain-watson

    Of course, I couldn’t NOT share it with you here. 😉 Funny hearing about it again too… seems that stuff like that has strangely odd varied knowledge depending on the country/generation you talk to, or how long ago/big it was…. I somehow came across it ages back (and didn’t really get into extensively, but enough to try it out and muse over other country’s interesting comics), but when I mentioned it to my dad, he was puzzled and thought I meant Rin Tin Tin. Then again… I -do- tend to pick up a lot of things most people around me haven’t heard of… 😉
    Cheers!

    • Emory April 7, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

      That picture – Yes. YESYESYES. Thank you for making my day, Emily C. 🙂

      • Emily C. April 7, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

        D’awwww…. you’re welcome…. ;D

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