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TAC - 01 - Tintin in America by Inonibird TAC - 01 - Tintin in America by Inonibird
Tintin in America

Oh boy. What a way to start out the Advent Calendar. I hate to admit that this is among my least favourite of the Tintin books, and when I was younger I don't think I understood just WHY that was the case. I mean, it was still Tintin, right? Tintin and Snowy, roaming around solving mysteries and thwarting gangsters...sounds pretty typical, but I was never enthused about reading America, only doing so whenever I got the itch to read the series in full. (more recently, I've taken to just skipping straight to Cigars of the Pharaoh) I was also pretty grumpy whenever I turned on the show and found they were showing the America episode-- even I could tell that it was simply a poor adaptation of an already weak book.

As I grew up, I came to understand that most of the early adventures are extremely episodic, jumping from one action sequence or moment of peril to the next without slowing down all that much for...say, plot. The two books that precede this one suffer more from this particular flaw, but America still stands out --to me, at any rate-- as distinctly unpolished compared to most of the rest of the series.

That said, there are some fun and memorable moments. Gotta love the meat factory scene and "KIDNAP INC.". Also, my brother (who will be mentioned a fair number of times throughout the month, I expect, since he's a fellow fan and we grew up, uh, fan-ing together) and I spent an inordinate amount of time poking fun at the character of Bobby Smiles. We were convinced that he was actually quite fat, in spite of the fact that he was drawn with a fairly fit physique-- his apparently cumbersome weight is complained about at least twice in the story, once by Tintin himself. xD

Meanwhile, I didn't really want to go into the cringe-worthy treatment of the Native Americans (for example, originally the tribe featured was called the "Big-Toes")...but there is a great satirical bit where they're forced off their land when oil is discovered there, and a bustling metropolis is built on that spot in only a day! At least the 'Indians' are shown in a sympathetic light during that scene.

As for the panel/scene I decided to draw...what can I say? He has a sword-cane. How badass is that?

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This may seem harsh, but right off the bat I can say that I'll probably only be handing out one or two 5-star ratings...and bear in mind that these are on a scale of Tintin to TINTIN!!1!!


The Adventures of Tintin is HERGE/MOULINSART S.A. estate; I will not be personally profiting from ANY of this art
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Filmographer
the dog made a joke!! XD LOL!!
Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, Native Americans got it bad in this book, but that was par for the course back then.

Hey, have you ever read Tintin in the Land of the Soviets?
Inonibird Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I have both Soviets and Congo B&W facsimile albums. Seemed fitting~
writer212 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Love this, Tintin looks great!
AdamCio Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Haha, Bobby Smiles aka Flabby Piles!! They should have made a movie of this one, and then they could have cast a latter-day Marlon Brando.
Inonibird Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
DUDE! BRO! DEVIANTART! YOU! HERE! :eager: lolol, Flabby Piles, that still remains one of my favourite altered Tintin names...
TomBombardier Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
I remember that one. Still would have been more effective to just beat someone up with a strong cane, though...
Basiek11 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Great! I can't wait to see more!
P.S. I've already seen the movie and loved it! I can say: you won't be disappointed. :D
h37102468 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Tintin is So~ sexy in that outfit~<3<3<3
AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Filmographer
his outfit reminds me of spero and fantasio!! :D
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