The Sad English Fish: Some Thoughts on Haddock’s Addiction and Grief in The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

A little while back, in my bande dessinée Discord server, we sat down and watched The Adventures of Tintin (2011), directed by Stephen Spielberg. I hadn’t watched this movie since it came out in cinemas, so I was delighted to see it again and evaluate it once more, this time with my newly acquired expansive... Continue Reading →

Ampton Reads Tintin: Launching on the 20th of March

I am delighted to announce that Ampton Reads Tintin will be published on the 20th of March, 2020, at 8pm NZST. This is 3am EDT and 8am CET. This book will be available through the Barnes & Noble website as a physical book and in a variety of e-book formats. The e-book should be priced... Continue Reading →

Ampton Reads: Tintin and the Picaros

Here we are, folks. We’ve reached the final Tintin book, the last one Hergé finished before he died. Hergé didn’t write this knowing it would be the final Tintin story, and a lot of critics wish it wasn’t the final book. But beat on we must, boats against the current, or something. I’ve discussed over... Continue Reading →

Ampton Reads: Flight 714

When I tell people about Flight 714, I call it ‘the one where Tintin gets abducted by aliens’, and I’ve yet to find someone who believes me without knowing about the book prior. Where the previous science fiction books in the Tintin series showcased the glory of modern technology and discussed the ethics and future... Continue Reading →

Ampton Reads: The Castafiore Emerald

If the last book was a desperate and dangerous attempt to purify the soul, The Castafiore Emerald is the exact opposite. It's the first book in the series since The Secret of the Unicorn to take place entirely in Belgium, and the only book to take place entirely within Marlinspike Hall and the surrounding areas.... Continue Reading →

Ampton Reads: Tintin in Tibet

INTRODUCTION Tintin in Tibet is a story about love. Tintin pursues his friend Chang to the ends of the Earth and Haddock pursues Tintin to keep him safe. Behind the scenes, the story was influenced by Hergé’s longing and affection for his lost friend Zhang, by the ending of friendships, and by the dissolution of... Continue Reading →

Ampton Reads: The Red Sea Sharks

The Red Sea Sharks is, in many ways, the zenith of the Tintin universe. Of all of Hergé’s books, it incorporates the most characters, settings, and plotlines from previous stories by far, and is almost retrospective or nostalgic in how strongly it focuses on past Tintin lore. I’ll be going over all the characters that... Continue Reading →

Ampton Reads: The Calculus Affair

For me, The Calculus Affair along with Tintin and the Picaros occupy the somewhat weird positions of being Tintin books I didn’t read until I was pretty much an adult. My grandmother owned most of the books, and the ones she didn’t own were available to loan from the library near the bach we stayed... Continue Reading →

Ampton Reads: Explorers on the Moon

The last story ended with the main cast getting launched into space in a nuclear rocket and being knocked unconscious by the force of exiting the atmosphere. Hergé needed to work hard in order to make the second half of the story land what the first half had started. And he did it, the absolute... Continue Reading →

Ampton Reads: Destination Moon

For the third and final two-part story Hergé would write for the Tintin series, he was thinking big. He was going to take Tintin somewhere where no one had ever been, which is the ultimate adventure story. He was launching his boy reporter into space. This was no small feat. Yuri Gargarin would not complete... Continue Reading →

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