The Adventures of Tintin is a series of comic albums created by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi (1907–1983), who wrote under the pen name Hergé. The series was one of the most popular comics all time, in fact by the time of the centenary of Hergé's birth in 2007, Tintin had been published in more than 70 languages with sales of more than 200 million copies.
I have loved Tintin ever since I went to my local library and saw the books all stored in the rocket from Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon. I read and reread the books many times over, watched the cartoons series and seen the movie. As a young boy Tintin was someone who took me on adventures, there were mysteries to be solved and fun to be had. My favourite stories were the two parters, my favourite character was Captain Haddock and I loved appearances from Jolyon Wagg and Prince Abdullah.
I was hoping to visit the Hergé Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium but didn't get a chance over the Summer. So whilst searching on the internet for places in London to get my fix of Tintin I came across a website for the Tintin Shop in Covent Garden. That's what I like about London, I've lived near there for most of my life yet there are still amazing places I don't know about and discover. The shop was started in 1984 and contains books, models, t-shirts, ceramics and posters. I went there yesterday and was so excited to see the items on sale there. I bought myself a t-shirt and promised myself that once I got paid next week that I would go back to get more.
If you are a fan of Tintin head on over there- the shop is amazing!