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This was the cover art for “Tintin in the new World” by Frederic Tuten.
But carping is absurd when dealing with a novel so richly inventive and so subtly textured. Who can resist a text that interpolates Snowy’s thoughts and canine romances into the running narrative, that drops certain corny paragraphs into quotation marks in order to suggest their bogus novelistic tone, but that somehow remains — dare I say it? — sincere?
Edmund White reviews Tintin in the New World for the New York Times
But on Friday at a hotel in Palo Alto, Calif., a pair of Bigfoot hunters say they will present what they contend is the most definitive proof yet of an animal that science says does not exist: DNA evidence and photographs of a dead specimen they say they found in a remote swath of woods in northern Georgia.”It was very frightening at first,” said Rick Dyer, 31, a former corrections officer who – coincidentally – runs a business that offers Bigfoot tours. “And it got even more frightening when you saw the others.”
Indeed, Mr. Dyer said he and his partner, Matthew Whitton, saw three more of the beasts nearby as they dragged the body of said creature out of the woods. Moreover, Mr. Dyer says he has video clips and photographs to prove it.
One photograph provided to the news media showed what resembled a gorilla – or maybe an old sheepskin rug – lying twisted in a freezer, with a dollop of intestines protruding from its belly.
Yeti from Tintin in Tibet
Still from French movie Tintin et le mystère de la toison d’or made in the 1970’s.
Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are teaming to direct and produce three back-to-back features based on Georges Remi’s beloved Belgian comic-strip hero Tintin for DreamWorks. Pics will be produced in full digital 3-D using performance capture technology.”Herge’s characters have been reborn as living beings, expressing emotion and a soul which goes far beyond anything we’ve seen to date with computer animated characters,” Spielberg said.
“We want Tintin’s adventures to have the reality of a live-action film, and yet Peter and I felt that shooting them in a traditional live-action format would simply not honor the distinctive look of the characters and world that Herge created,” Spielberg continued.
Snowy, a white Fox terrier, is Tintin’s four-legged companion. They regularly save each other from perilous situations. Snowy frequently “speaks” to the reader through his thoughts (often displaying a dry sense of humour), which are supposedly not heard by the characters in the story except in Tintin in America where he explains Tintin about his absence for a period of time in the book.
Like Captain Haddock, Snowy is fond of the Loch Lomond brand of whisky, and his occasional bouts of drinking tend to get him into trouble, as does his raging arachnophobia.
Snowy, the first dog on the moon
Explorers on the Moon (1954) is the first story recounting a space voyage and the exploration of our satellite by Tintin and his companions, fifteen years before Commander Neil Armstrong ! A remarkably well documented science fiction story with an incredible visionary precision.
Igloo, Polar Explorer
He was an ordinary Smooth Fox Terrier who performed no tricks, heroic deeds, nor appeared in any movies and could have been any ordinary canine owned by any American youngster. The animal was a stray found by a friend of famous explorer Rear Admiral Byrd who beseeched him to give the animal a home knowing he loved dogs. The terrier became his constant companion and accompanied Byrd on his first Antarctic expedition in 1928 where he received the moniker “Igloo” and the nickname “Iggy.” Byrd named the Arctic base “Little America” and the terrier was his companion during solitude while holed up during the grueling Antarctic winter when he wrote two published accounts detailing the hardships and successes of the endeavor. The dog had to be specially dressed for the polar blizzards. Upon return to New York City, he rode down Broadway with his master showered with ticker tape and later presented to President Herbert Hoover at the White House. Igloo was mentioned in books about the expedition as well as frequently the subject of news dispatches. With the terrier aboard, aviation history was made. In 1926, the first flight over the mythical home of Santa Claus, The North Pole (Pole consists of no land but a sea of ice). In 1929, originating from the Arctic “Little America” base, the first flight over the South Pole was made. Interesting footnotes…A book entitled simply “Igloo” was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in 1931. It was intended mainly for juvenile readers and consisted of numerous illustrations by Diana Thorne highlighting the story of the terrier as he accompanied Byrd on his expeditions. Children around the world were enamored with the Fox Terrier.
Tintin & Snowy by Enki Bilal
In the earlier episodes Snowy is shown to speak … but later on this part of his character is absent although the reader can see him thinking in human words (Herge used the bubble speech technique founded in America).
Herge was attempting to make Snowy more “dog-like”. This obstacle doesn’t however stop Snowy from being able to communicate with Tintin. Snowy character is written in such a way as to interest the reader. Snowy is the only one for instance in Flight 714 to remember being abducted by aliens. Snowy the wire terrier is seen to save Tintin a numerous times over the years (often by gnawing through restraints or seeking help) or has managed to get them out of convoluted conditions by biting or distracting a villain.
Snowy does have his weaknesses that only serve to make him loved by Tintin fans. Snowy like the irrepressible Captain Haddock has a taste for Loch Lomond brand Scotch whisky and also aversion to spiders as the dog suffers from arachnophobia.