Posts Tagged ‘Tintin’

Ken Parille reviews X’ed Out Vol. 1 by Charles Burns

Posted by on October 25th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Throughout the Tintin stories by Belgian cartoonist Hergé, a brief scene reappears: the hero and his canine companion, Snowy, are about to enter a black hole. Always in pursuit and often pursued, they pass through natural gaps and man-made holes that open into uncertainty — who or what lies on the other side? — but ultimately lead to a happy ending. The mystery is solved, the rupture figuratively closed-up. In X’ed Out, Charles Burns turns the fictional world of Tintin inside out as he explores the visual and visceral appeal of such seemingly routine scenes and images. Burns makes black holes central, linking them to mental and physical wounds that drive Doug, X’ed Out’s unwilling and alienated hero, to undertake his adventure — he needs answers that can only be found at the other end of the opening.

Translation Roundtable (Part One of Three)

Posted by on June 2nd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
This roundtable was inspired by Matt Thorn’s essay "On Translation." Anjali Singh (translator of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis 2), Helge Dascher (translator of Michel Rabagliati’s Paul books), Camellia Nieh (translator of Osamu Tezuka’s Ode to Kirihito) and Kim Thompson (my boss, who is currently translating Jacques Tardi books) graciously agreed to take part in this discussion; it turns out they were just as curious as I was to learn about what strategies their peers employ to tackle questions of faithfulness to the text, the challenges specific to working with the medium of comics, censorship, authorial and editorial give-and-take, etc. The following conversation, conducted April 18, 2010, goes a long way to explaining the brass tacks of something that, when done well, is fairly transparent to the reader. — Kristy Valenti Participants: Anjali Singh, Kim Thompson, Camellia Nieh and Helge Dascher; Moderator: Kristy Valenti; Transcription: (The Amazing) Jenna Allen

The Case Against Tintin, continued

Posted by on April 5th, 2010 at 6:39 AM

I am not impressed by The Castafiore Emerald.