A big Tintin fan, Steven Spielberg bought the international movie rights to the character in the early 1980s itself. And now that he's finally released the film, Tintin's fans couldn't be happier. CS tells you more about this much-loved comic character:
>> The Adventures of Tintin is a series of classic comic books created by Belgian artist Georges Remi, who wrote under the pen name of Herge. The series has been translated in more than 80 languages and more than 350 million copies have been sold.
>> The hero of the series is Tintin, a young Belgian reporter. He is aided by his faithful terrier dog Snowy. Herge himself features in several of the comics as a background character.
>>4 The comic strip series has been admired for its clean, expressive drawings. Its engaging plots straddle a variety of genres: fantasy, mysteries, political thrillers, and science fiction.
>> Herge's personal life also affected the series; Tintin in Tibet, perhaps his most cerebral and emotional story, was heavily influenced by his nervous breakdown.
>> There have been exhibitions, festivals and musicals galore in the honour of Tintin. The Belgian Government has also released Tintin coins.