Happy Birthday Tintin

I’m a day late with this because yesterday, January 10th, marked 90 years since the first appearance of Tintin in Le Petit Vingtième, the children’s section of a Brussels newspaper.

Over time the Tintin stories have become larger and introduced an eclectic cast of characters, including Captain Haddock (a personal favourite) and identical but unrelated detectives Thompson and Thompson, who inspired a band.

And, of course, there was the 2011 film which, although we have the DVD, I haven’t actually seen. Not all the way through, anyway.

Inevitably, there are year long celebrations in Belgium, including a €5 coin due to be released sometime this month. If I lay my hands on one of these, I’m keeping it!

The Secret of the Unicorn

I’ve not been following the upcoming Tintin film, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn particularly closely but it is a film I would quite like to see – not least because we’re currently living in the country of Hergé. This changed somewhat after Boing Boing published the US poster for the film and I realised who was behind the script: Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish.

Sorry, Eve, but when this comes out in Belgium (probably in October) it will be my turn to take Macsen to the cinema.