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CELEBRATING ‘TINTIN’ ON CREATOR HERGÉ’S 107TH BIRTHDAY!

By Patrick Reed

Though he’s hardly a household name here in the United States, even among the majority of comics fans, Hergé is a serious contender for the title of “all-time most influential comic artist”. He created the globe-trotting boy reporter Tintin in 1929, and until his death in 1983, spun an ever-expanding saga that found the the intrepid lad and his supporting cast exploring the deep sea, landing on the moon, tangling with a yeti, and doing battle with an endless assortment of thieves, scoundrels, and ne’er-do-wells.

Even now, 38 years after the publication of the last completed Tintin book, his work continues to win over new audiences — and it’s not hard to see why. His cast of characters is brilliantly eclectic, his plots strike a careful balance of comedy and adventure, his clean, uncluttered drawing style is instantly identifiable (and virtually irresistible), and his stories and art are shot through with a good-natured enthusiasm that simply connects with readers young and old.

So to celebrate what would be Herge’s 107th birthday today, I reached out to a few friends and associates to ask for their thoughts on and impressions of Tintin.

READ THE ARTISTS’ STATEMENTS AT COMICS ALLIANCE

todayinhistory:

May 23rd 1701: Captain Kidd executed

On this day in 1701 the Scottish pirate William Kidd was executed in England. Kidd, born in Dundee around 1654, enjoyed a successful career as a seaman before his turn to piracy. In May 1696 Kidd set sail charged with the job of hunting pirates and attacking enemy French ships as a privateer. However whilst on this voyage around the Indian Ocean, Kidd and his crew began plundering treasure ships. During his time, Kidd killed a mutinous gunner on his ship, contributing to his fearsome piratical reputation. Their main prize was the Quedagh Merchant which carried a wealth of gold, silk and spices - the haul from this came to around £15,000, a huge amount of money for this period. As news broke in England of Kidd’s activities, his wealthy and powerful patrons at home scrambled to condemn him. He was eventually arrested in New York, where he had gone with hopes of support from his powerful contacts there, insisting he was innocent and had acted only as a privateer. Whilst he gave up some of his buried treasure on Gardiners Island, he claimed he had more buried somewhere else; would-be treasure hunters have been searching for his haul ever since. Kidd was put on trial for piracy in England, in what became a public spectacle due to his prominent connections, where he was found guilty and sentenced to death. On May 23rd, Kidd was hanged on the River Thames in London and his body encased in an iron cage and left to rot as a warning to other pirates.

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March 8th 1970: Hard Hat Riot

On this day in 1970 construction workers in New York City attacked a group of protestors. The latter group, made up of around 1,000 students and others, were anti-war protestors moved to action by the shootings at Kent State University four days before which resulted in the deaths of four protestors. Around two hundred of the so-called ‘hard hats’, who supported President Nixon’s policy in Vietnam, took to the streets in a counter-protest. They were particularly incensed by the mayor’s decision to keep the City Hall flags at half mast in honour of the Kent State victims, a move they considered unpatriotic. Around seventy people were injured in the riot, but only six were arrested in the aftermath. President Nixon didn’t directly endorse the actions of the hard hats, but later was presented with a hard hat by a delegation of union leaders at the White House. The often-forgotten event is frequently buried in the narrative of this period of American history as a time of liberal protests. However the Hard Hat Riot reminds us that there was considerable conservative  opposition to these developments from people like these blue-collar New York workers.

thefagmag:

Cruising the trail

frenchpatrick GAY SILENT MOVIES

(Source: armpitstain)

thefagmag:

Cruising the trail

frenchpatrick GAY SILENT MOVIES

(Source: armpitstain)

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