For the last month or so Calvin has only allowed me to read him Tintin ( or “Tin” as he calls it). I have always been a mild Tintin fan. But when Calvin first started this Tintin obsession I was annoyed by it. They are sort of wordy and I didn’t really like reading comic books out loud. But now? I share deeply in Calvin’s obsession. I love the characters, the complicated story lines, the unrealistic clues left being for Tintin ( almost all of the books have a scrap of paper left behind with cryptic but vital information). And of course the illustrations. Herge is my hero right now. His drawings are so expressive and simple, detailed but not busy. He is amazing. All that to say, I doodled some Tintin’s tonight. I had to sneak into Calvin’s room after he had fallen asleep. We currently have every Tintin the library has and they reside in Calvin’s bed. It’s almost creepy, he knows if one of the 10 is missing, almost intuitively. That boy, I hope he doesn’t outgrow this stage anytime soon.
Also, what is Tintin? A journalist? A Private Eye? A nosy busybody? Is this ever explained? He takes the weight of the world on his shoulders and solves problems world problems in an amazing way. I think we need a Tintin right now to go sort out ISIS. He seems like the only person who could do it.