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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Ligne Claire

In celebration of the release of Drawn & Quarterly's English edition of The Adventures of Hergé, a comic book biography of Georges Prosper Remi, a.k.a. Hergé, Tintin's creator, I want to take you on a brief Librairie tour of Remi's iconic visual style of clear line or ligne claire. Starting with this gorgeous new book that I can't wait to take home, from our own D&Q, The Adventures of Hergé by Jose-Louis Bocquet, Jean-Luc Fromental and Stanislas Barthelemy...


We stock a great collection of books from the man himself...


Look familiar? Charles Burns's surreal 21st century homage X'ed Out is something of an alien, Lynchian Tintin adventure story. Released in 2010, X'ed Out is the first installment of an ongoing project...

Here's another playful homagist, Dutch comics artist Joost Swarte (said to have coined the term ligne claire), featured in a fantastic new acquisition, Big Fat Little Lit, an anthology of children's comics by contemporary artists like Daniel Clowes and Jules Feiffer edited by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly...

And, finally, if you just can't get enough Hergé, here's something wordy for you: Tom McCarthy's 2006 essay Tintin and the Secret of Literature which asks the simple question: are Hergé's cartoons literature? His conclusion is that, like detective Tintin himself, readers need to "tune in" and "decode" the encrypted comics if we want to capture the secrets of Hergé's literature.

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