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The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are Not So Clear

Joe Sutliff Sanders (ed.)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496807267
eISBN:
9781496807304
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807267.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Hergé, the creator of Tintin, is one of the most important and influential figures in the history of comics. His style popularized what has become known as the “clear line” in cartooning, but these ... More


Introduction

Joe Sutliff Sanders

in The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are Not So Clear

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496807267
eISBN:
9781496807304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807267.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Although Hergé is most famous for crystalizing and popularizing the “clear line” art style, the lines of his life and work are anything but clear. His lifelong gratitude to the Boy Scouts for their ... More


Signifying Nothing: Tintin in Tibet

Jim Casey

in The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are Not So Clear

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496807267
eISBN:
9781496807304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807267.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

The chapter considers Hergé’s struggles to represent absence. These struggles come to the fore in the characters’ arguments over whether the Tibetan yeti can be real as well as in Hergé’s own longing ... More


Actions, Disjunctions, and Passions in Graphic Narratives: Narrative Virtualities in

Benjamim Picado and Jônathas Miranda de Araújo

in The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are Not So Clear

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496807267
eISBN:
9781496807304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807267.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter fuses ideas from Roland Barthes and Thierry Groensteen to examine the use of moments of mundanity between turning points in a story. Its insights have implications for the construction ... More


The Shape of the Jewel: Polyphony, Polyrhythms, and Musical Structure in

Andrei Molotiu

in The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are Not So Clear

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496807267
eISBN:
9781496807304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807267.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter takes Hergé’s most celebrated volume and considers it through terms borrowed from the study of music. By using theoretical structures previously applied to, for example, Mozart, the ... More


Alph-Art, B-Movies, Cast Corpses: Death-by-Sculpture and Hergé’s Middle Ground

Vanessa Meikle Schulman

in The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are Not So Clear

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496807267
eISBN:
9781496807304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807267.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter works through anxieties of representation and authenticity as represented in Hergé’s final work, the incomplete and posthumously published Tintin and Alph-Art (1986). This essay places ... More


Continuing Clear Line 1983–2013

Matthew Screech

in The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are Not So Clear

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496807267
eISBN:
9781496807304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807267.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This essay reconsiders the fundamental theorization of clear line provided decades ago by Bruno Lecigne, ranging across examples from Hergé’s contemporaries to artists working today. The chapter ... More


Modernizing Tintin: From Myth to New Stylizations

Jan Baetens and Hugo Frey

in The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are Not So Clear

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496807267
eISBN:
9781496807304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807267.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This essay considers how Apostolidès’ contention that Tintin must be understood as a “superchild myth” implies that Tintin requires constant updating and revision, two things that are unlikely at ... More


The Flying Dialogues: Hergé’s Use of Aviation from to

Guillaume de Syon

in The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are Not So Clear

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496807267
eISBN:
9781496807304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807267.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter considers the motif of airplanes and, more specifically, the ability to fly them that surfaces again and again in Hergé’s comics. The motif reveals not just an interest on the ... More


Hergé’s Ocupations: How the Creator of Made a Deal with the Devil and Became a Better Cartoonist

Joe Sutliff Sanders

in The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are Not So Clear

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496807267
eISBN:
9781496807304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807267.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter catalogues the changes in size and frequency forced on Tintin while it was published in Le Soir during Nazi Occupation and argues that Hergé’s adaptations to these changes must be taken ... More


Violence and the Tableau Vivant Effect in the Clear Line Comics of Hergé and Gene Luen Yang

Gwen Athene Tarbox

in The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are Not So Clear

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496807267
eISBN:
9781496807304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807267.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter expands the scope of clear line. Most studies of clear line focus on the overwhelming influence of clear line on European comics, but this essay claims that there is a sensibility to ... More


An Unspeakable Filiation: Spirou and the Three

Annick Pellegrin

in The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are Not So Clear

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496807267
eISBN:
9781496807304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807267.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter inquires into multiple references to Tintin in the pages of the strip’s chief rival, Spirou. The essay argues that deep connections run between the two series, connections with ... More


Tintin’s Journey in Turkey

Kenan Koçak

in The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are Not So Clear

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496807267
eISBN:
9781496807304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807267.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter gives the tale of Tintin the colonialist one more turn: the story of Tintin in Turkey is one of local artists claiming Hergé’s creation as their own, turning his image to their own ... More


Exit Wounds: The Palpable Presence of Absence

Kevin Haworth

in The Comics of Rutu Modan: War, Love, and Secrets

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496821836
eISBN:
9781496821867
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496821836.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter discusses Modan's Jamilti a story of a suicide bombing and a kiss between an Israeli and Palestinian that challenges many taboos of Israeli society. It shows how that story led to ... More


What Your Children Are Reading: Bande Dessinée, Catholics, and Communists

Joel E. Vessels

in Drawing France: French Comics and the Republic

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734447
eISBN:
9781621032786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734447.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter explores the formation of the modern bande dessinée (BD) in France in the early 1900s. It explains that Benjamin Rabier was one of the many BD artists who pioneered the modern BD. His ... More


Trapped in the Past: AntÍ-SemÍTíSm In HergÉ’S Flight 714

Hugo Frey

in History and Politics in French-Language Comics and Graphic Novels

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730043
eISBN:
9781604737615
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730043.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Hergé (alias Georges Remi, 1907–1983), the “father of Tintin,” is known for his political sympathies. In his youth, Hergé belonged to the right wing of Belgian politics but later drifted to the ... More


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