Reporter, a small Parisian publishing house, first distributed the album “The Adventures of Hergé” in 1999. Biographical comics weren’t very much common by then, and it didn’t facilitate the authors’ job to find the right alternative in terms of narration. José-Louis Bocquet and Jean-Luc Fromental finally decided to depict Hergé’s life story by exploring some key moments of his existence. Fromental makes it crystal clear: “It would have been wrong to publish a standard biography, as we couldn’t access any official documents, though essential when writing such a work.” The authors only swear by one key rule: the data on Hergé had to appear twice in the consulted books and reference work, as well as they had to be cited by at least two different authors. Additional information was directly banned. “The Adventures of Hergé” starts in 1914 when seven year-old Hergé first discovers his love of drawing when his mother gives him some colored pencils to stay out of trouble. The book poetically ends with Hergé’s death. Between these two pillars, the reader gets the opportunity to explore the most significant moments of his life, as for example the Boy Scouts, how he fatefully met Norbert Wallez (the editor of the newspaper XXe Siècle), his interest in modern art, an encounter with Andy Warhol in Brussels, his burnout and its consequences on his life and work, his two big loves and even his Chinese friendship with Tchang. Dupuy and Berberian were initially supposed to draw the story, but will promptly give up, passing on the torch to Stanislas. Stanislas didn’t find his inspiration in Hergé, but got inspired by Alain Saint-Ogan (Zig et Puce), who influenced Hergé’s clear line style. The very first edition of the book counted ten pages less than the reissue. Fromental says they are going to add more, as and when they get extra information. “Like Hergé”, he adds; “The Adventures of Tintin used to be adapted and revised”.
“The Adventures of Tintin” have been published in English, French, Dutch, German, Portugese and Spanish. In 2012 a Hindi and Chinese version will be published.