07 November 2009

[comic art] The Tintin Sketchbook

2257.There be lots of Tintins here.

And Snowys. And Thom(p)sons. And Haddocks. Even a Thompson Triplet. Sadly, no Bianca Castafiore, Professor Calculus, or even Jollyon Wagg. You can't have it all.

(Update: I have been apprised, by gallery owner Leigh Walton, that there are indeed at least one Castafiore and a couple of Calculuses (?). Next time, I should be more thorough)

But, there are not only about 100 Tintins/Snowys/Haddocks/Thom(p)sons, there are many interpretations. I particularly enjoy the one I've chosen to illustrate, by artist David Chelsea, since I'm also terribly besotted with Magritte.

From the Flickr description:

Hi, I'm Leigh from Top Shelf. This is a themed sketchbook I started collecting at San Diego Comic-Con 2008. The theme is Herge's Tintin -- any character from the series. So far I've filled up one whole book and moved into a second volume...

100 interesting departures (including a graphic-novel-style realistic Tintin I quite enjoyed can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/phthoggos/sets/72157606566029871/

Go see it.

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Leigh Walton said...

Glad you enjoyed them.

There's actually one Castafiore (by Jess Fink) and several Professors Calculus (by Frank Santoro and Kevin Cannon, off the top of my head)...

Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

How correct you are, of course. My mistake for not looking a little more thoroughly!

Those are very inspiring drawings. You seemed to metntion that the notebooks are still open. Are they?

Beautiful work, great subject!

Alan Cordle said...

yay! a Thompson Twins reference for those in the know.