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Posted on 01-13-07 9:45 AM     Reply [Subscribe]
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Capt Haddock, Here's one for you old chap - read on! :-) ********** From The Times - 29 Dec 06 Blistering barnacles! Tintin is a Pop Art idol Ben Macintyre Take a look at Tintin’s eyebrows. They are two, single-line half circles, above eyes that are no more than blank holes in a round face. Yet these are some of the most expressive eyebrows ever drawn. Mostly they are raised in permanently enthusiastic expectation; when Tintin is on a mission, they rise and flatten very slightly; when he is amused, one lifts a little higher than the other. The same breadth of expression is true of Captain Haddock’s beard, Snowy’s tail and Professor Calculus’s hat. Even Tintin’s tuft is eloquent. George Remi, alias Hergé, was one of the greatest and least-hailed artists of the 20th century, able to convey meaning through image with an economy of style that was entirely his own. A new exhibition at the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris celebrating Hergé’s work proves what most genuine Tintinophiles have always known: the genius is in the pictures. Ever since the intrepid boy reporter with the ginger quiff first appeared in the children’s section of a Belgian newspaper in 1929, Tintin’s every word has been explored and dissected. The literary critics are all over him like a rash. As early as 1963 French critics were claiming that The Castafiore Emerald was reminiscent of Proust; as a novelist, he has been compared to Dickens and Hugo. Barthes, Derrida, and inevitably Freud have all been wheeled out to work over poor Tintin. The most recent book insists that we read Tintin through Barthes’s structuralist analysis of Balzac’s short story Sarrasine. The historians have also been busy. Hergé has been accused of being anti-Semitic, a wartime collaborator and a peddler of imperialist bigotry. Then came the psychologists, demanding to know why are there so few women in the Tintin stories. Why is this attractive young man apparently being kept by a wealthy, drunken, much-older sailor in a large country house? Tintin cries only once. He has no family. He evidently needs therapy. Everyone wants a piece of Tintin. He was born Belgian, but the French annexed him years ago. For some he is the ultimate Boy Scout, but for others he represents something else entirely. “Tintin, c’est moi,” declared Leon Degrelle, founder of the Belgian Fascist party and reviled leader of its SS division. When American astronauts walked on the moon, Zaire’s dictator Mobuto Sese Seko wrote to John F. Kennedy pointing out that Tintin had got there earlier in Explorers on the Moon — and since Tintin had famously visited the Congo in 1930, he was practically an honorary Zairean (never mind that he treated the Congolese as idiot children and shot everything in sight). Last year the Dalai Lama awarded Hergé a Light of Truth Award for Tintin in Tibet (1960). Even we journalists like to lay a claim to the boy reporter, although Tintin’s journalism is of a very particular sort. In the course of 24 books he files only one story. He has no deadlines, no editorial supervision and limitless expenses. Clearly, he works for The New Yorker. Most of this Tintinography is a load of blistering barnacles in a thundering typhoon. Hergé was not an active collaborator, and if some of the prejudices from his conservative Roman Catholic upbringing seep into his stories that is hardly surprising, and hardly relevant. Nor was he a novelist. Indeed, the plots of the Tintin stories tend to be meagre and sometimes quite baffling. Individuals change character from one volume to the next without explanation. The humour is often clunky slapstick; there is none of the linguistic magic of, say, Asterix. Hergé was closer to being a journalist than a novelist. After the flawed early works — which simply reproduced what he had been told — he was painstaking in his research, leaving behind no less than 30,000 newspaper clippings. “The goal is to tell the story in the clearest way, whether it is moving, sad, or funny,” he said. The delight of Tintin is not the words but in the images. Unassuming as he was, Hergé knew he was more than just a skilled technician. The plates from The Blue Lotus, now on display in Paris in their entirety for the first time, show his extraordinary versatility. As a pioneer of the ligne claire (clear line) style of drawing, Hergé’s pen-strokes are almost uniform in thickness and emphasis. Every individual emerges from just a few deft lines. A glance at the endpapers of any Tintin book, the gallery of his huge cast of characters, reveals how intimately Hergé understood the contours of the human face. With his sheer blocks of colour and utter precision, Hergé influenced both Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. He understood that all people, not merely children, remember in bold, uniform colour, rather than in shades of light and dark. Tintin’s is a world without shadows. It seems only right that next year’s celebration of the centenary of Hergé’s birth should begin with a full-scale appreciation of his Pop Artistry, on the same level as that accorded to a Picasso or a Matisse. Hergé’s nom de plume came from the French pronunciation of his initials in reverse, and for too long George Remi has been read backwards — as a moralist, a novelist and a reflection of his own troubled times — rather than for what he was, an exceptionally gifted maker of beautiful pictures from simple lines and bold colours. Tintin seems an unlikely modern hero. He cannot leap buildings in a single bound. He has a bad haircut, and wears a tie and plus-fours of a type that went out of fashion long before the war. He has few one-liners, no real job and he never, ever gets the girl. Yet Tintin remains beloved of every new generation, because he can tell a story, in the clearest way, through an eyebrow raised with a simple, single stroke of a pen.
 
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Posted on 01-14-07 6:23 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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That's a lovely smile you've got on your pretty face, SNDY. :-)
 
Posted on 01-15-07 9:32 AM     Reply [Subscribe]
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thousands of thunderin' typhooons!!!
 
Posted on 01-15-07 10:21 AM     Reply [Subscribe]
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Thanks Lahureji..
 
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Captain bro, where art thou Sandhurst bro hollering at you SNDY di, smiling as always Sandhurst bro, flirting as always hahahahahaha in jest :-) :P LooTe
 
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LOL! Herge is simply brilliant, ain't he? Sandhurst Lahure - How's it going mate? Changes in the gulf stream have brought unusual weather in this neck of the woods.Who knows, at this rate, if we will be seeing typhoons here soon :) Hope all is swell that side of the puddle. Loote - Buddy ole pal! LTNS! How have you been? Little birds keep dropping off bits of information about your whereabouts, but I always say, it's all speculation till you make an appearance :P Fill us in your adventure :) SNDY - Hope you are having a good week :)
 
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Cappy!! U are one of the finest man I have seen who is logical and graced sajha with his eloquent posts!!! But!! Captain Haddock means--- 1.Lots of Cursing-- Thousand of blistering barnacles 2. Drunken Stupors. 3.Stupidity So as these three characters can not be find in you, I wish to take over your title!! Can you please pass the password!!..:p P.S.- You changed the whole defination of Cappy Haddock in me..:S Now I see him as a intelligent man who doesn't curse at all!!...;)
 
Posted on 01-15-07 4:15 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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Our ol' capt is back !!! Yuppeee..I'm having a good week..thanks for asking capt saab..Lootebhai..smile ta garnu nai paryo ni...I have wonderful sets of teeth kya...:)
 
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Ha ha ha Juggy! The title is all yours - I hereby confer it upon you. Do good upon mankind! LOL! :)
 
Posted on 01-15-07 4:23 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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.Where is the password!!...:S...:( And I hereby Declare you Professor Calculas instead!!....:p
 
Posted on 01-15-07 4:25 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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Did not know Captain Haddock was a cruel comic character as I have never been a comic fanatic when as a child. Our sajha friend Captain_Haddock gave a new definition for the character itself. It's always good to see someone with such calibre even in forums! A human with good-natured is hard to find. What is there in the name, all that matters is the nature of the person, hoina? Welcome back Captain! :-) and Hi to everyone out here.
 
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Juggy, Juggy! I give you a finger and now you want the whole arm,eh? LOL! ;) Flips! Good to see you. It is indeed a compliment to hear such remarks from Sajha's own Miss Congeniality:) he he he Hope all is well. Keep rocking. :)
 
Posted on 01-15-07 4:39 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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Oops Wrong timing!! Meant to be above Cappy haddock!!..:)
 
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^ Here comes another eloquent poster of sajha!!I said someone has a knack for writing but nevertheless, she didn't beleived me!! I wish I can make write at least something before i die of bredom!! <<--- This man is in need of some refreshment for his staying awake for more than 48 hrs!! So he wrote that thing in jest; Not wishing another re incarnation but just to have add fun in the name of Cpatain Haddock! He loves his name Jugs and has real Jug-head that too empty one!! So in conclusion He is turning insane now; and is going for hibernation!! And yeah flippy dearie!! Whats in the name?? After all its just a label so that you recognize someone!!..;) P.S.-- Maybe for another 15 minutes..:p
 
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Juggy - I prolly need to play some bribery game here after you get done with your finals. Good Luck! How about either coming up with something or loitering here in disguise? Take your pick! :-) Btw, you are hitting the nail in the wrong place Juggy. Captain - I guess it is a fair game to compliment someone who deserves! :-) Hope you had a good long weekend.
 
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.Loitering is what I do best and I generally write when I am either drunk; totally free or freaked out of everything else!! So rite now I am taking pick of loitering around in disguise!! For writing I need to be in totally insane condition which I am not rite now!!..;) BTW, Which nail are you talking about!! I am not in mood of hanging my picture on the wall as yet!!...:p As of one nepali poet said: म पिउँछु र त म जिऊँछु!! म जिऊँछु र त पिऊँछु!! I would say: म लेख्छु र त म जिऊँछु!! म जिऊँछु र त लेख्छु !! So I would rather be writing than be dead!! ..:D..:p
 
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. alrite, the thread is about "Capitaine Archibald Haddock"! Whenever i see this name , i remember my past! i am associated with the comical character in a way ! WELL , if you ask how ? it could be exposing my identity when i really dont want to. I even dont know how to put this ! well , perhaps its just that , i remember those funny school days and those adventures! TinTin with his idealistic heroism , and captain with his blatant wisdom, sarcasm and gross attitude! Abt Mr. Haddock from Sajha! I believe he is an amazing personality. read some of his few posts, and they seem to characterize CAPPY from the adventures of "tintin" :) , well , thats how i feel but i wonder who the other idealistic fella is ?
 
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Oldmaven - LOL! It's always nice reading what you have to say. Idealistic ?Who, me?! :P
 
Posted on 01-16-07 9:40 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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Forgot to thank lahureji for bringing this article! Hope you are doing well out there in your camp! :-)
 
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Oh, so you lot have kept this thread alive in my absence - jolly good. :-) ********* Loote-marc Mitey, ""Sandhurst bro, flirting as always"" :-) old habits die hard eh.. kay garnay! :-) ******* Capt, Cheers ol' chap.. I have been okay but very very very busy with work. And with social commitments too as the Burns season has again kicked off! Rabbie Burns's birthday - Burns, Scotland's Immortal Bard - falls on the 25th next week. A few dos to go to yet - I might be wearing the kilt this time! :-) It's a huge event in our annual calendar - a lot of poetry reciting goes on there, even though no body really understands a word of it.. :-) The haggis is lovely though - and the Scotch and a varied range of beverage on offer.. :-) The angreji mausam is horrible - rainy, drippy dreary, and I plan on playing a wee bit of golf this weekend. Yes, in this weather! Blimey. No improvement on the handicap, mind you. :-) Hey, good to 'see' you, ol Chap. ********** The sweetest one, Thanks for the lovely compliment! :-) ***** Jolly Jug and sndy, Hi again. Carpe diem
 
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Sandhusrt bud - I envy you for getting out on the greens - it would be unimaginable this end of the world even though the jet stream has graced us with unusually mild weather for a few days :) But just when we were getting used to a warm January, the weather guy is predicting snow tonight. All good things have to come to an end were his somber words :P Good luck with Burns stuff - sounds like fun. :) Flips - Hi again! :)
 



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