“If my parents are to be believed, I was never well behaved unless I had a pencil and a piece of paper in my hands. When I was seven years old, I used to make sketches about a street kid. It could only tell a story through the medium of drawing. In class, during maths lessons, I filled my exercise books with doodles, which I was already laying out in horizontal sequences. This is how it all began.”
These are the words of Georges Remi, better known by his pen name Herge’ the creator of the world-famous cartoon character – the boy reporter Tintin. He was born on 22 May 1907 in Brussels, Belgium.
In the book titled, Herge’ In His Own Words by Dominique Marico, the creator of the characters beloved by both young and old worldwide, gives an intimate glimpse to the reader into his childhood, his evolution as an artist and also an insight into his personal life.
Most of his words are drawn from interviews that he gave at different periods in his life.
“I had quite a happy childhood, or at least it was free from any great misfortune. My parents surrounded my brother and me with great tenderness and affection. I also loved them, but perhaps I should have been more open about this…”, he said in an interview in 1978.
It was with scouting that the world had really opened to him. “It’s the greatest memory of my youth. Being close to nature, respecting nature, resourcefulness, it was all especially important to me,” he said.
On 4 January 1929.readers of Le Petit Vingtaine first saw the illustrations accompanied by text announcing the following week’s line up- The Extraordinary Adventures of Tintin, reporter, and his dog Snowy, In the Land of the Soviets. Herge' went on to publish 24 Tintin adventures which took him to many different corners of the world. In the book Cigars of the Pharaoh, Tintin almost made it to Colombo but his plans were derailed as he got caught up in an adventure halfway through his journey.
Herge' died on March 3, 1983, aged 75 but his creations continue to enthrall millions around the world.