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Tintin and Alph-Art PDF, ePub eBook This book gives a unique insight into the work Herge had done on the last Tintin book before his death. At the end, Tintin is about to be cast into a living sculpture by a mysterious enemy - one last cliffhanger for the world's best loved journalist. Ages 7+.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Tintin et l'alph-art = Tintin and alph-art : Tintin’s last adventure,2007, Hergé Georges Prosper Remi (22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), better known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comics writer and artist. Tintin and Alph-Art (French: Tintin et l'alph-art) is the unfinished twenty-fourth and final volume of The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. Left incomplete on Hergé's death, the manuscript was posthumously published in 1986. The story revolves around Brusse Tintin et l'alph-art = Tintin and alph-art : Tintin’s last adventure,2007, Hergé Georges Prosper Remi (22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), better known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comics writer and artist. Tintin and Alph-Art (French: Tintin et l'alph-art) is the unfinished twenty-fourth and final volume of The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. Left incomplete on Hergé's death, the manuscript was posthumously published in 1986. The story revolves around Brussels' modern art scene, where the young reporter Tintin discovers that a local art dealer has been murdered. Investigating further, he encounters a conspiracy of art forgery, masterminded by a religious guru named Endaddine Akass. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه اکتبر سال 2003 میلادی عنوان: هنر الفبا؛ نویسنده: هرژه؛ مترجم: گروه نشر رایحه اندیشه؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، رایحه اندیشه، 1381، در 64 ص، مصور رنگی، فروست: ماجراهای تن تن خبرنگار جوان، 24، شابک: 9647706146، چاپ دوم 1382، موضوع: داستانهای فکاهی مصور، بلژیک، - سده 20 م کاپیتان هادوک، به پیشنهاد «کاستافیوره»، یکی از آثار هنری نمایشگاه هنر الفبا، که توسط «راموناش»، هنرمند، و نقّاش جامائیکایی، خلق شده را، خریداری، و مدیر نمایشگاه به نام: «فورکار»، از کاپیتان، درخواست ملاقات با تن‌ تن را می‌کند. در همانروز، «ژان ژاک موناستیر»، هنرمند و مجسمه‌ ساز فرانسوی، در حوالی سواحل اسکاتلند، به همراه قایق تفریحی خود، ناپدید می‌شود. در این بین، «امیر بن کالیش اذاب»، و فرزندش: «شاهزاده عبدالله»، در اروپا به سر می‌برند، و مشغول خریدهای هنری هستند. فردای همانروز، که روز ملاقاتِ تن‌ تن، با آقای «فورکار» بوده، جسد سوخته ی وی را، به همراه اتومبیلش، در بستر یک رودخانه خشکشده، پیدا می‌کنند. تن‌ تن به مرگ وی مظنون شده، و پژوهشهای خود را آغاز می‌کند، او چندین بار تهدید، و مورد سوء قصد قرار می‌گیرد. سرانجام متوجه می‌شود، که اعضای یک گروه مذهبی، که کاستافیوره، به تازگی در آن عضو شده است، در این ماجرا دست دارند. به دعوت «کاستافیوره»، تن تن راهی «ایشیا»، جزیره‌ ای خوش آب و هوا، و سرسبز، در ناپل ایتالیا می‌شود، و همان‌جا، بار دیگر توسط اشخاصی ناشناس، تهدید می‌شود. تن تن همانروز به ویلای «اندادین آکاس»، مغناطیس کار مشهور، و سردسته ی گروه مذهبی می‌رود، و در آنجا، با: «کاستافیوره»، «امیر بن کالیش اذاب»، و فرزندش: «شاهزاده عبدالله»، چند تن از هنرمندان، و بازیگران مشهور ایتالیایی: «راموناش»، آقای «گیبونز» و آقای «تریکلر»، روبرو می‌شود، و شب را نیز، به همراه کاپیتان «هادوک»، در همان‌جا می‌گذراند. در نیمه‌ های شب، به حمل و نقل‌هایی که در نزدیکی انباری ویلا، انجام می‌گیرد، مشکوک می‌شود، و برای سر درآوردن از ماجرا، به همراه میلو، به انباری می‌رود، و با: مجسمه‌ ها، و نقّاشی‌هایی از آثار بزرگان هنری روبرو می‌شود، و درمی‌یابد که همگی آثار تقلّبی هستند. «آکاس» به همراه مزدورانش سر می‌رسد، و تن‌ تن را دستگیر کرده، و برای او تعریف می‌کند که همه ی این کارها، توسط: «راموناش»، و به سرپرستی خود (آکاس)، و افرادش تهیه شده، و بسیاری از هنرمندان، و هنرشناسان نیز، آنها را تأیید نموده‌ اند. او اعتراف می‌کند، قتل: «موناستیر»، و «فورکار»، به دست افراد او انجام شده، چون آن‌ها به راز آثار هنری تقلّبی وی، پی پرده بودند. سپس تصمیم می‌گیرد: تن‌ تن را به مجسّمه تبدیل، و او را نیز، به عنوان یکی از آثار هنری، معرفی کند. امّا در همان لحظه، کاپیتان، که توسط میلو باخبر شده، سرمیرسد، و تن‌ تن را نجات می‌دهد. آنها می‌خواهند از ویلا فرار کنند، که توسط افراد «آکاس» ذوباره دستگیر، و «آکاس» چهره ی واقعی خود را، آشکار می‌کند. معلوم می‌شود وی همان شخصیت خبیث، و بدطینت داستان‌های تن‌ تن، یعنی: «روبرتو راستاپاپولوس» است، که با کمی جرّاحی پلاستیک، و اجیر کردن چند تبهکار، دوباره کارهای خلاف خود را، از سرگرفته است. او تصمیم به قتل: تن‌ تن، و کاپیتان هادوک می‌گیرد. امّا در همان لحظه، پلیس، که توسط: «ایگور واگنر»، پیانیست خانم «کاستافیوره»، باخبر شده بودند، سرمیرسند، و پس از زدوخوردی کوتاه، همدستان «راستاپاپولوس» را، دستگیر می‌کنند. امّا «راستاپاپولوس» موفّق به فرار می‌شود، و تن‌ تن و کاپیتان را نیز، همراه خود، به کوهستان می‌برد، و تصمیم به اعدام آن‌ها می‌گیرد. اما پلیس، کوهستان را محاصره می‌کند، و از «راستاپاپولوس» می‌خواهد، تا خود را تسلیم کند. «راستاپاپولوس» نیز پلیس را تهدید می‌کند، که در صورت ادامه ی تعقیب، وی تن‌ تن و کاپیتان را خواهد کشت، و به نصیحت‌های تن‌ تن، و کاپیتان، مبنی بر اینکه: خود را تسلیم پلیس کند نیز، گوش نمی‌دهد. او به آن‌ها می‌گوید: بعد از کشتن شما دو نفر خودکشی می‌کنم، و در حالیکه داشت: تن‌ تن، و کاپیتان را اعدام می‌کرد، توسط: «راموناش»، که او را تا کوهستان تعقیب کرده بود، به درّه پرتاب می‌شود، و به هلاکت می‌رسد. تن‌ تن و کاپیتان نجات می‌یابند. «راموناش» نیز، به آن‌ها می‌گوید: به علّت فقر، و گرسنگی، به «راستاپاپولوس» پیوسته، و از همانزمان تبدیل به یک هنرمند مشهور شده است. سرانجام ویلای «راستاپاپولوس»، توسط دولت ایتالیا، و به منظور تشکّر و قدردانی به: تن‌ تن، و کاپیتان هادوک تعلّق می‌گیرد، و آن‌ها به «مارلین اسپایک» برمیگردند، و با ساخته شدن یک تندیس از: کاپیتان، توسط: «راموناش»، پرونده ی محبوب‌ترین، و پرفروش‌ترین کتاب جهان نیز، بسته می‌شود. ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Sarkies

    Tintin's Last Adventure 28 February 2012 The version of this album that I read was the unauthorised completed version. I do offer my sincere apologies to the Herge estate, but I really could not read the published sketch version simply because it was clearly uncompleted. Herge began writing this in 1980 (his original idea of setting the final comic in an airport departure lounge was thankfully scrapped) but he unfortunately died before he could complete it. From reading what he originally wrote i Tintin's Last Adventure 28 February 2012 The version of this album that I read was the unauthorised completed version. I do offer my sincere apologies to the Herge estate, but I really could not read the published sketch version simply because it was clearly uncompleted. Herge began writing this in 1980 (his original idea of setting the final comic in an airport departure lounge was thankfully scrapped) but he unfortunately died before he could complete it. From reading what he originally wrote it is clear that there was a substantial amount of work needed to be done, particularly since parts of the completed version required substantial editing (for instance where did Tintin meet the informant?). It appears that this was intended to be Tintin's final horah, and Herge had moved slightly in a new direction. In a way it is similar to Tintin and the Picaros, where Herge was attempting to wind up some of the unfinished plots, and also having a parade of all the characters (with the exception of Alcazar) through the story. This comic is also set in the world of Modern Art, something that I understand Herge was becoming ever more attracted to later in his life. It may be suggested that he was moving towards a post-modern viewpoint, but it appears that this is something that Herge rejected. While some of his comics are clearly modernist, and absurdist (such as The Castafiore Emerald) he was not a post-modernist author. I will only deal with the completed parts here rather than look at the sections that other authors have written, particularly since it is glaringly obvious where somebody else has stepped in to complete the story. Herge and his estate made it clear that Tintin was not to continue after Herge's death. This, I believe, is a good thing, particularly since Tintin is Herge's creation, and Herge is really the only person who is able to get into the mind of Tintin and his companions. Another change here is that Herge introduces a young, single, attractive female into the comic. While female characters have appeared (and Castafiore with regularity) in many cases they are thin on the ground and usually married (though the landlady also make appearances early on in the adventures). However, here we have a potential love interest for Tintin, which once again is moving away from Herge's norm. There is even a hint that both Tintin and the Captain may be attracted to her (as can be seen where the Captain takes her umbrella), however it is unclear where Herge was intending on taking this (and whether he was intending on actually making her a love interest). I did appreciate it that the completed comic did take it in that direction, however this was added after Herge's death. One final thing that I discovered about unauthorised Tintin comics. There is one floating around (and available) called Tintin in Thailand. I have not read it (and have no intention of doing so) however I understand that this particular comic is actually quite obscene. The story is that this comic was going to be released as a 'recently discovered Herge manuscript' and was to be sold on the black market. However the police mounted a sting operation, arrested around 6 people involved in the production of the comic, and seized about 1000 copies of it. It appears that Herge's insistence that no Tintin be released after his death is taken very seriously in Belgium, particularly since copyright breeches generally do not attract sting operations. However I suspect also that there was more than just copyright issues with regards to this unauthorised comic (though I have since found it on the internet). It also appears that Tintin fans also take this request very seriously, particularly since the Cult of Tintin aka Tintinologist, refuses to accept any fan based stories on their site, and other than a completed Tintin and Alpha-Art, and a number of speculative covers for other Tintin adventures, there is pretty much no other unauthorised comics available (with the exception of Tintin in Thailand, which, from what I understand, is an absolute travesty).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sammy

    My Review: (from the Tintin Books group. (Part 1: the authorised version) "Tintin and Alph-Art" remains on the edge of the "Tintin" ouevre for good reason: it was never finished, and published only as rough sketches with translated dialogue beside them. (Herge's estate chose not to complete the work, as part of a larger understanding from Herge that he didn't want his studio to carry on the series after his death.) In some ways, this is a pity. For while the acknowledged final album, Tintin and the My Review: (from the Tintin Books group. (Part 1: the authorised version) "Tintin and Alph-Art" remains on the edge of the "Tintin" ouevre for good reason: it was never finished, and published only as rough sketches with translated dialogue beside them. (Herge's estate chose not to complete the work, as part of a larger understanding from Herge that he didn't want his studio to carry on the series after his death.) In some ways, this is a pity. For while the acknowledged final album, Tintin and the Picaros, fittingly caps Tintin's travelogues - with disturbingly real consequences, and deconstruction of existing characters - "Alph-Art" proves a fitting end to the story of Tintin himself. "Alph-Art" takes many of the existing tropes of Herge's repertoire to new heights. The opening dream sequence is pitch-perfect, and Herge's interest in farce is taken to new - and well-mannered - heights when Haddock, admiring his new art purchase, is accosted within moments by Tintin, Calculus, the Thompsons, Nestor and Wagg. (Oddly, Wagg seems to come to Marlinspike solely for his part in this comic bit...) The central mystery is simple enough: avoiding Castafiore, Haddock ducks into an art gallery where he finds himself taken with 'Alph-Art' in which letters of the alphabet are moulded in various materials. However, this new interest propels the Captain and Tintin toward the mysterious deaths of several art experts. It's genuinely fascinating, and reminiscent of '60s/'70s mystery television, more than it is of the adventure serials that characterise the earlier works. The second half of the mystery involves a mystic, Endaddine Akass, who has charmed both the beautiful young art gallery assistant, and La Castafiore herself. This mysterious man reminds Tintin of someone, but he can't quite tell who. The scenes at Akass' ritual are genuinely unnerving, and it's clear that Tintin has met his match in this seemingly placid villain. As the two cases begin to wind together, Haddock and Tintin find themselves travelling to an island of Naples, where Akass' friends have gathered - among them are many characters who have populated earlier works in the series. (Even more so than "Picaros", there is a distinct sense of a final recap here) It is only when Tintin puts the pieces together - that Akass is flooding the art market with fakes while raising his own profile with the help of the 'Alph-Art' movement - that the boy reporter is caught, and led to his likely death... The official release of "Alph-Art" is a beautiful volume, doing the best they can with Herge's pencil rough sketches of the story. There's a lot to learn here, seeing how the latter pages - much rougher than the earlier ones - still are clearly numbered, and it seems likely that this is roughly the pattern the first two-thirds of the work would've taken. (It fits the usual Tintin album profile, with one-third devoted over to the mystery, the second to a chase sequence, and then the third to the denouement.) While the story itself is nothing breathtaking, the more 'mature' choice of setting is most satisfying for those of us who grew up with Tintin, and are now grown-up ourselves. Beyond this, Herge's style still seems to be maturing: Haddock is still off alcohol after the events of the previous story, for instance. Most interestingly, for me, there are several strong female characters - a first for a "Tintin" album. Beyond La Castafiore, there are the two art gallery staff members - one of whom is crucial to the case, and a young, beautiful woman for once. Then Castafiore's friend Angelina, although she appears rarely, maeks quite an impact. (One wonders, though, if Herge would've amended the line where Tintin calls the elder secretary a "shrew"?) As for whether Akass is Rastopopoulous: well, in the original draft sketches (shown at the end of this volume), he clearly is. And quite frankly, this odd-looking villain has to be in disguise, and no one else would use such a James Bond villain mindset in his crimes. The rediscovered pages are very interesting, as they show - however briefly - the way Herge's mind worked as he developed the plot for a story, and mention an original idea for the plot in which Haddock completely loses all trace of himself as he becomes an art yuppie - only to be saved when Calculus develops a pill to restore him to alcoholism! There's something nostalgic and undeniably 'modern' about "Alph-Art" as Herge envisioned it, particularly with the many other characters he had considered bringing back. I'll give some comments on the unofficial completed version (by Canadian artist Yves Rodier) in the next post, but in some ways, this ends more fittingly than any completed album could. Tintin, our globetrotting boy reporter, is taken away to have another brush with death. We know that Tintin must surely be immortal, and so is it not perfect that we last see him facing the wrath of a recurring villain for one final time? And beyond that, he is not just being led to his death - he's being taken to be encased in a mould and sold to collectors. In short, Tintin is about to become an immortal work of art. (Part 2: the unauthorised version) Canadian artist Yves Rodier is among those who decided to complete this album - against the wishes of Herge's estate. Honestly? I approve. Although I waxed lyrical about how fitting Tintin's unending end is, I'd love to see this completed. Herge had not wanted the studio to go on making "Tintin" albums after his death, and I respect that. But this was already mostly completed, so I'm glad to have read Rodier's version. Rodier's animation is lovely. Certainly, it doesn't bring quite the depth that Herge could give, but it's a great companion to the original artist and - most importantly - doesn't try to be post-modern or revisionist. Indeed, for the first 40 pages, Rodier basically copies Herge's draft intentions to the letter, adding only a few frames where an additional joke or clarification is necessary. As we reach the final third of the work, Rodier takes things to their logical conclusion, but via some wonderful character-based detours. Rastopopolous (as all villains do in "Tintin") has gathered together a group of followers who happen to have met Tintin. After he survives his near-death experience thanks to Snowy and Haddock, Tintin must rely on his extended family to team up and protect him. (Most hilariously, Abdullah joins because if "Blistering Barnacles" goes to jail or dies, how can the boy play pranks on him?). After a few enjoyable side-jokes - Allen is now a postman in the States, etc. - Rodier gives us what we want. Rastopopolous and Tintin have a final showdown on a rocky outcrop, watched from below by all of Tintin's closest friends. Everyone from Snowy to the Thompsons gets a moment to shine, and the final pages show us that things have ended for good: the villain is dead, and Haddock is going home, never to leave again. (Of course, this has happened before, so anything is possible...) There's even the first hint in the entire canon that Tintin may be entering a mature, heterosexual relationship - although as ever, he plays his cards close to his chest. The only issue with the edition is that the English translation is not perfect, particularly in the post-Herge pages. Sometimes the dialogue comes across as monosyllabic and underwritten, but it's a minor concern. I cherish all 24 albums in this series, even those whose plot or twists I don't hold in high esteem. And while I appreciate having Herge's original sketches and thoughts thanks to the authorised version, I'm glad Rodier took the time and great pains to produce this. To see the characters of "Tintin" one last time was a joy. Here's hoping that - one day - Herge's estate may incorporate this into the official canon. Rodier is never disrespectful to the original intent, and for that, we should all be grateful.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lina

    The amazing-ness of the book is not on the story, because it is not a finished one. Rather on how 'we', the Tintin lovers, didn't think twice in spending money for some rough sketches. We, who already read all the series, and reread them hundred of times, were looking forward to get this copy that previously was a 'rare' book. The one we heard about but never see it. And now, it is available. I was excited even when I tore the plastic wrap. I knew it would be rough, but the text accompanied them The amazing-ness of the book is not on the story, because it is not a finished one. Rather on how 'we', the Tintin lovers, didn't think twice in spending money for some rough sketches. We, who already read all the series, and reread them hundred of times, were looking forward to get this copy that previously was a 'rare' book. The one we heard about but never see it. And now, it is available. I was excited even when I tore the plastic wrap. I knew it would be rough, but the text accompanied them is enough to satisfy my curiosity. At least, I'd like to say that we can learn the process of making the great comic. I am probably biased for I am a proud fan of Tintin.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Biondatina

    The last issue of Tintin...it is the story Herge was working when he died in 1983. 24 issues aren't enough for a great character as Tintin and his four-paws friend Snowy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Whyte

    http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1720312... Another lesser-known Tintin book, this time from the exact opposite end of Hergé's career: this is the story he was working on when he died in 1983. It is a strange and convoluted tale - Captain Haddock wakes from a nightmare, goes shopping and almost accidentally buys a giant plastic letter H, a piece of a new sculpture style called 'Alph-Art' (hence the title of the book); mysteriously dead art experts and a new age cult which may be led by Rastapopoulos http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1720312... Another lesser-known Tintin book, this time from the exact opposite end of Hergé's career: this is the story he was working on when he died in 1983. It is a strange and convoluted tale - Captain Haddock wakes from a nightmare, goes shopping and almost accidentally buys a giant plastic letter H, a piece of a new sculpture style called 'Alph-Art' (hence the title of the book); mysteriously dead art experts and a new age cult which may be led by Rastapopoulos in disguise bring Tintin and Captain Haddock to an island near Naples, where Tintin is captured by the bad guys and told that he will be drowned in liquid plastic and put on display as a sculpture by the (fictional) artist César. He tries to send a message to Captain Haddock via Snowy, but then the guards come for him... ...and that's the end of the Adventures of Tintin; he faces the dreadful fate of being transformed into an icon for the ages. It's fairly obvious what would have happened if Hergé had lived to finish the story - our hero will escape thanks to his friends, and it's also clear that the bad guys are planning a reunion of a lot of incidental characters from previous books, some from a very long time ago. The book already features Bianca Castafiore, Professor Calculus, Jolyon Wagg, Thomson and Thompson and the Emir of Khedad and his horrible little son Abdullah. It's also fairly clear that the book would have needed a good bit of revision - there's an inconsistency in the plot between whether the art gallery is bugged with a reel-to-reel tape recorder (which would already have been old-fashioned at the time of writing) or via a high-tech microphone hidden in Mrs Vandezande's jewel. (By coincidence, a Mr Vandezande has been the mayor of our village since the last local government reform in 1976.) but the germ of a good if not great Tintin story is already there. We also get some of Hergé's rough drafts for ways the story might have gone: drugs conspiracies based in Amsterdam, Captain Haddock's change of personality, various options for bringing back some fairly obscure names from the past. Hergé clearly saw this as a final volume, and perhaps it's better to have it preserved in mid-thought, rather than some slightly synthetic confection of a final product; Edwin Drood and Sunset at Blandings are not bad precedents.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    the last adventure of tintin! i really liked this volume because the reader gets to see more of how hergé plans his tintin adventures.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amalie

    A "completed" version of Hergé 's final TinTin comic.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Unfinished at the time of Herge's death, this rough draft of a Tintin adventure is only likely to be interesting to serious fans who are also interested in the creative process. But for that group, it's a fairly fascinating glimpse at how art, story, and layout of a comic developed together. Judging from what we're shown here, Herge seemed to be refining the earlier stages of his story before even sketching out -- maybe before even deciding? -- how it would end. Be warned: this story stops dead Unfinished at the time of Herge's death, this rough draft of a Tintin adventure is only likely to be interesting to serious fans who are also interested in the creative process. But for that group, it's a fairly fascinating glimpse at how art, story, and layout of a comic developed together. Judging from what we're shown here, Herge seemed to be refining the earlier stages of his story before even sketching out -- maybe before even deciding? -- how it would end. Be warned: this story stops dead in the midst of the action, without even a clue about its resolution. That's more the pity because the adventure to that point seems to be shaping up as one of the most interesting and sophisticated of the Tintin adventures. We'll never know for sure. In any event, I choose to assume that Tintin gets out of his scrape and brings the bad guys to justice. Maybe he even writes a little article about it -- but offstage, of course.

  10. 5 out of 5

    David W.

    I found an English copy of this in a dusty, long-forgotten corner of the foreign bookstore in the city where I went to university (the same place where I later found Red Dragon/Silence of the Lambs). The label said ¥100 (no, I do not hail from Japan) and I bought it anyway. It cost me my entire month's book budget but it was worth it. The final hurrah of Hergé's beloved series, and ironically enough, if it had been finished we'd probably never have gotten to see how a WIP graphic novel looks lik I found an English copy of this in a dusty, long-forgotten corner of the foreign bookstore in the city where I went to university (the same place where I later found Red Dragon/Silence of the Lambs). The label said ¥100 (no, I do not hail from Japan) and I bought it anyway. It cost me my entire month's book budget but it was worth it. The final hurrah of Hergé's beloved series, and ironically enough, if it had been finished we'd probably never have gotten to see how a WIP graphic novel looks like. The eternal cliffhanger is due to Hergé passing away before he ever worked out a 1st draft, though. :( Although from a meta-standpoint, Tintin had got to get out of that predicament because it was on Page 42 (Gosh, maybe Douglas Adams can ask Hergé for spoilers!) and a full Tintin book is 62 pages long, even if Hergé killed him off the rest of the story couldn't possibly take that long to resolve...right?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tom Loock

    The last part of my big re-read of the whole Tintin-canon after decades ... This one is weird, to put it mildly: The art is all b/w pencil sketches, most of them very rough (the kind a non-artistic writer creates along his text to give an artist some suggestions). The story only reaches two-thirds of the narrative and the rest is pure speculation by unnamed third parties. It could have made an interesting Tintin-adventure and it's a pity that unlike Asterix or Mortimer & Blake new artists are The last part of my big re-read of the whole Tintin-canon after decades ... This one is weird, to put it mildly: The art is all b/w pencil sketches, most of them very rough (the kind a non-artistic writer creates along his text to give an artist some suggestions). The story only reaches two-thirds of the narrative and the rest is pure speculation by unnamed third parties. It could have made an interesting Tintin-adventure and it's a pity that unlike Asterix or Mortimer & Blake new artists are not given the chance to finish it and even create more, new Tintin-stories. Verdict: For die hard Hérge-fans only.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    TINTIN ET L'ALPH-ART - I love how we see Hergé's rough sketches and sort of the "thinking process" behind his stories (in this one specifically), even though these were his unfinished stories. THE TINTIN COMICS AS A WHOLE - Yes, the majority of the Tintin comics are racist & disrespect certain cultures, but that's how the lifestyle was back when they were originally written. The characters are hilarious, the plot is wacky. Overall just a fun-nostalgic time.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Derelict Space Sheep

    42 WORD REVIEW: Hergé’s final Tintin adventure exists only as a collection of unfinished black-and-white sketches. Published alongside transcripts of the text (in progress), Alph-Art serves as much to sadden as to tantalise. Energetic; nostalgic (nay, playfully self-referential): there could have been one last hurrah!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maria Carmo

    When Hergé died in March 1983, this book was left unfinished and some of his friends helped finish it as a tribute to the great Author. Already miss "real" Tintin books by their original Author! It has been an adventure to reread these marvelous adventures... Maria Carmo, Lisbon 22 January 2015.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vishwanath K S

    Okish Not in the league as the earlier books. Plot is vague. An okish one time read & nothing more. Pretty ordinary narration.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Diptarup Ghosh Dastidar

    Captain Haddock Finally is active here. Very unlike him!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Denim Datta

    Awesome Comics, full with adventure-comedy. Really like this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ward Muylaert

    Really neat to see the in progress work like that, though also a pity that you will never know how it was supposed to end.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Roohul Poolak

    It shows the huge difference when Hergé creates Tintin and the others... Too bad that Hergé had to go in between. Despite huge surprise factors, this is a very good make.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tatya Koeswanto

    I wish Herge was still alive today and already completed this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lloyd Downey

    I must admit it. I actually bought this book (on line) by mistake. I thought i was getting the book about the art of Herve, the artist writer of the Tintin series. I have long enjoyed the Tintin stories since my son was introduced to them by some Dutch friends in Spain. (Yes, it does sound a bit convoluted). Anyway, the book duly arrived in the mail and it took me some time to realise that what i had purchased was an work in progress by Herge. But that was quite fascinating in itself for it clea I must admit it. I actually bought this book (on line) by mistake. I thought i was getting the book about the art of Herve, the artist writer of the Tintin series. I have long enjoyed the Tintin stories since my son was introduced to them by some Dutch friends in Spain. (Yes, it does sound a bit convoluted). Anyway, the book duly arrived in the mail and it took me some time to realise that what i had purchased was an work in progress by Herge. But that was quite fascinating in itself for it clearly shows the way that Herge approached the task of putting a Tintin book together. There story is well developed, compact and action filled. Some fo the comic strips ae there merest of routines..though still with the unmistakable visage of Tintin . And some are reasonably finished to the pencil stage. In terms of what I was originally looking for...it is not in the same league but it is fascinating in its own right to be able to see the creative process. The publishers have, very thoughtfully, supplied a printed version of the story in English which makes it all much easier to follow, I hadn't realised to what extent, the English versions of his series have been anglicised to make it easier for English readers. This version hasn't done that. Would I recommend it. Well yes, if this is the sort of thing one was looking for. But< I'm afraid, I will have to keep looking for a good version of The Art of Herge:....creator of Tintin.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    This story is unfinished notes and more along the lines of a movie storyboard. So if you like storyboards, or you are an artist yourself this might be of interest to you. I like seeing artist process myself, so this was cool. Sometimes heads are just round blobs, things are scribbled out, it’s very rough and gestural. This is drawing on speed. A surprising amount of detail is spent on vehicles. I will note that captain haddock’s fate is weird (my brother says hilarious). I won’t spoil that. Would This story is unfinished notes and more along the lines of a movie storyboard. So if you like storyboards, or you are an artist yourself this might be of interest to you. I like seeing artist process myself, so this was cool. Sometimes heads are just round blobs, things are scribbled out, it’s very rough and gestural. This is drawing on speed. A surprising amount of detail is spent on vehicles. I will note that captain haddock’s fate is weird (my brother says hilarious). I won’t spoil that. Would I read it again? Not necessarily for the story but to look at the artwork.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diogo Muller

    This is not a comic book per se, but more like a collection of drawings and dialogues of what should have been Tintin's final adventure. The plot is very good, if a bit rough, and there's some good fanservice here, and even some closure - or at least what should've been closure, if the comic was finished. The story is fine, but ends abruptly - Herge died before finishing it. Is it worth reading? Not really, unless you are a fan or invested in the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gitanjali

    I enjoyed this behind the scenes look into Herge’s last piece of work.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Chris

    Just a tad bit sad that the series is over.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Asser Mattar

    Tintin's last adventure that wasn't finished before Hergé's death, completed by another artist.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Hodge

    Hergé's graphic novels are *such* a visual medium that, even knowing the script and basic storyboard (which is really all that we have of Tintin and Alph-Art), I find it next to impossible to tell whether this would have been a great Tintin book or not. There are some amusing moments - such as Haddock buying a giant H as a piece of art and getting furious at everyone for not understanding it. But on the whole, these little rough scribbles of faces and dialogue just don't *feel* like Tintin. Would Hergé's graphic novels are *such* a visual medium that, even knowing the script and basic storyboard (which is really all that we have of Tintin and Alph-Art), I find it next to impossible to tell whether this would have been a great Tintin book or not. There are some amusing moments - such as Haddock buying a giant H as a piece of art and getting furious at everyone for not understanding it. But on the whole, these little rough scribbles of faces and dialogue just don't *feel* like Tintin. Would I feel differently if it was all laid out in colour and completed? (There was a young Canadian artist Rodier, who did just that with Tintin and Alph-Art as a teenager but his work, while impressive, doesn't feel like the perfectionist Hergé we know.) I suspect even if it was finished, it would have been disappointing. But in a way I'm glad that nobody else ever picked up the Tintin pen and kept the franchise going. The perfect canon of the complete Tintin books is legacy enough of an aatonishingly good illustrator and his sense of adventure and sly sense of humour. Farewell for now, Tintin. At least until the next time we pick up one of your books.

  28. 4 out of 5

    James Lawner

    This was such an interesting look at how Hergé would write/draw/plan out his stories and its such a shame that this story literally ended on a cliffhanger, but I think with most of his stories, it would end just the same as before. The story itself (what remains of it) was interesting and very typical Tintin-like and I feel that this story had more of a female presence than in previous stories. One thing I was confused by were the characters Ramó Nash and Endaddine Akass, at one point I felt lik This was such an interesting look at how Hergé would write/draw/plan out his stories and its such a shame that this story literally ended on a cliffhanger, but I think with most of his stories, it would end just the same as before. The story itself (what remains of it) was interesting and very typical Tintin-like and I feel that this story had more of a female presence than in previous stories. One thing I was confused by were the characters Ramó Nash and Endaddine Akass, at one point I felt like they were the same characters (and even in the preliminary sketches, they looked the same). Overall, A bittersweet unfinished end to an already long-standing legacy, it could've been interesting to see how it would've ended. I also recommend this book to anyone who wants to know how comics get made, because this is a really fasciniating look into the process.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ishaan

    This is not a book review, you can read all about this and other Tintin books elsewhere. This is my personal note on Tintin. I always liked Tintin more than Asterix,owing to the Asterix jokes meant for older people which a child cannot appreciate. Well this wraps up my Tintin reading, I got my first Tintin in 2002, at the age of 8, and its been a great journey.My brother and I finished 21 main books, and the movie spinoff Lake of Sharks by 2006. I wrapped up Tintin in the land of soviets, and Tinti This is not a book review, you can read all about this and other Tintin books elsewhere. This is my personal note on Tintin. I always liked Tintin more than Asterix,owing to the Asterix jokes meant for older people which a child cannot appreciate. Well this wraps up my Tintin reading, I got my first Tintin in 2002, at the age of 8, and its been a great journey.My brother and I finished 21 main books, and the movie spinoff Lake of Sharks by 2006. I wrapped up Tintin in the land of soviets, and Tintin in Congo around 2009, and then read the unofficial Yves Rodier Alph-Art version. It was in 2012 that I chanced upon the unfinished Tintin and the Alph-Art in a bookstore, and its an emotional moment now that I've finished it. Oh, how many times have I re-read Tintin books :D

  30. 5 out of 5

    Roshini

    The last of Herge's work which was unfinished at the time of his death. Several writers and artists have apparently tried to complete it but it is obvious that this not the Herge we know. The illustrations by Yves Rodier are nothing like the original and the translation seems like it's off the mark. I mean, no gunfire in the history of Tintin has gone “bang, bang”! Billions of Blue Blistering Barnacles, it's always Rat-Tat-Tat! It should be said though, in terms of the plot, it looks like Herge The last of Herge's work which was unfinished at the time of his death. Several writers and artists have apparently tried to complete it but it is obvious that this not the Herge we know. The illustrations by Yves Rodier are nothing like the original and the translation seems like it's off the mark. I mean, no gunfire in the history of Tintin has gone “bang, bang”! Billions of Blue Blistering Barnacles, it's always Rat-Tat-Tat! It should be said though, in terms of the plot, it looks like Herge was looking for a change from the usual more politically inclined stories he did, and there's quite a twist towards the second half. Tintin with a romantic prospect is just weird. I'm going to pretend like the last two pages didn't happen.

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