SALE INFO: Auction Times - Mar 14, 1:00pm, Lots 1-10. Sale Location: Christie's Saleroom, 9 Avenue Matignon, Paris
Tintin is a fictional character in The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. Tintin is theeponymous protagonist of the series; a reporter and adventurer who travels around the world with his dog Snowy. The character was created in 1929 and introduced in Le Petit Vingtième, a weekly youth supplement to the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle. He appears as a young man, around 14 to 19 years old with a round face and quiff hairstyle. Tintin has a sharp intellect, can defend himself, and is honest, decent, compassionate, and kind. Through his investigative reporting, quick-thinking, and all-around good nature, Tintin is always able to solve the mystery and complete the adventure.
Unlike more colourful characters that he encounters, Tintin's personality is neutral, which allows the reader to not merely follow the adventures but assume Tintin's position within the story. Combined with Hergé's signature ligne claire ("clear line") style, this helps the reader "safely enter a sensually stimulating world."
Tintin's creator died in 1983, yet his creation remains a popular literary figure, even featured in a 2011 Hollywood movie. Tintin has been criticised for his more controversial depictions of race and other factors, been honoured by others for his "tremendous spirit", and has prompted a few to devote their careers to his study. General Charles de Gaulle "considered Tintin his only international rival."
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