Billions of bilious blue blistering bloggers

Tintin and Snowy by Jeff Lemire, kicking things off with a bang

It’s alive! My Tintin sketchbook was born at San Diego this summer — I’d been wanting to start one for a while, jealous of Brett‘s Kirby book and Sean‘s Bowie book. Since they had those themes sewn up, I went for Tintin characters – a pretty safe choice, beloved by the highbrow critics but also by the inner ten-year-old in all of us, famous but also somehow underexposed in American comics circles. Reading Tintin albums from the public library was one of my formative early comics experiences, and probably shaped my conviction that comics can be truly populist and still good.

Since this was largely a business con for me, I didn’t get the book into as many hands as I might have liked, but hey, that’s what the next ten years are for. There’s a natural preponderance of Top Shelf artists and friends, since they were readily at hand… but I never could get Andy Runton away from his adoring fans long enough to grace the pages. Next time, Runton…

Anyway, click here for the goodness.

An immaculate Tintin by James Kochalka


4 Responses to “Billions of bilious blue blistering bloggers”

  1. 1 Jessica McLeod August 5, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    That’s a really great theme! What a treasure.

  2. 2 David Wynne August 5, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    That is so fucking awesome

  3. 3 Jonathan Walton August 7, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Sweetness. I always thought you liked Asterix better.

  4. 4 Josh Hechinger August 8, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Dude, very cool.

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Leigh Walton talks comics and maybe other arts. (RSS)
He also works for the very excellent publisher Top Shelf Productions (which does not necessarily endorse the views and opinions, etc, herein).


Header by me. Contains an interpolation of the final panel from All-Star Superman #1 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. Speaking of which.

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