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Sanders, Joe Sutliff (Hg.): The Comics of Hergé. When the Lines Are Not So Clear. (Critical Approaches to Comics Artists.) Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2016. (213 S.) 
Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9781496807267
BibTeX citation key: Sanders2016
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Categories: General
Keywords: Aufsatzsammlung, Belgien, Hergé, Remi. Georges
Creators: Sanders
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
Abstract
As the creator of Tintin, Hergé (1907–1983) remains one of the most important and influential figures in the history of comics. When Hergé, born Georges Prosper Remi in Belgium, emerged from the controversy surrounding his actions after World War II, his most famous work leapt to international fame and set the exemplar for European comics. While his style popularized what became known as the “clear line” in cartooning, this edited volume shows how his life and art turned out much more complicated than his method.
The book opens with Hergé’s aesthetic techniques, including analyses of his efforts to comprehend and represent absence and the rhythm of mundaneness between panels of action. Broad views of his career describe how Hergé navigated changing ideas of air travel, while precise accounts of his life during Nazi occupation explain how the demands of the occupied press transformed his understanding of what a comics page could do. The next section considers a subject with which Hergé was himself consumed: the fraught lines between high and low art. By reading the late masterpieces of the TinTin series, these chapters situate his artistic legacy. A final section considers how the clear line style has been reinterpreted around the world, from contemporary Francophone writers to a Chinese American cartoonist and on to Turkey, where TinTin has been reinvented into something meaningful to an audience Hergé probably never anticipated.
Despite the attention already devoted to Hergé, no multi-author critical treatment of his work exists in English, the majority of the scholarship being in French. With contributors from five continents drawing on a variety of critical methods, this volume’s range will shape the study of Hergé for many years to come.

Table of Contents

Tintin Chronology (ix)

Joe Sutliff Sanders: Introduction (3)

I. Absence and Presence
1. Jim Casey: Signifying Nothing: Tintin in Tibet (21)
2. Benjamim Picado and Jônathas Miranda de Araújo: Actions, Disjunctions, and Passions in Graphic Narratives: Narrative Virtualities in The Adventures of Tintin (33)
3. Andrei Molotiu: The Shape of the Jewel: Polyphony, Polyrhythms, and Musical Structure in The Castafiore Emerald (47)
4. Vanessa Meikle Schulman: Alph-Art, B-Movies, Cast Corpses: Death-by-Sculpture and Hergé’s Middle Ground (62)

II. Changes in and after Hergé
5. Matthew Screech: Continuing Clear Line 1983–2013 (79)
6. Jan Baetens and Hugo Frey: Modernizing Tintin: From Myth to New Stylizations (98)
7. Guillaume de Syon: The Flying Dialogues: Hergé’s Use of Aviation from Quick & Flupke to Tintin (113)
8. Joe Sutliff Sanders: Hergé’s Occupations: How the Creator of Tintin Made a Deal with the Devil and Became a Better Cartoonist (126)

III. Talking Back to Hergé
9. Gwen Athene Tarbox: Violence and the Tableau Vivant Effect in the Clear Line Comics of Hergé and Gene Luen Yang (143)
10. Annick Pellegrin: An Unspeakable Filiation: Spirou and the Three Unicorns (157)
11. Kenan Koçak: Tintin’s Journey in Turkey (177)

Works Cited (191)
Contributors (203)
Index (207)


  
Notes
Rez. Reijo Valta, in: Fafnir 3.4 (2016), S. 96–97.
  
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