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Taking a break from literature/biographies.  IMHO this is the best comic/cartoon series/albums ever written.

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Ahh, I grew up on Tintin and Asterix and loved them as a kid. Re-reading them as an adult, they still have much to offer.

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Ahh, I grew up on Tintin and Asterix and loved them as a kid. Re-reading them as an adult, they still have much to offer.

PalJoey : +1 I also grew up with both (in French though; I put the English book version image in my Post) & I find especially Tintin to be still fascinating.  

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PalJoey : +1 I also grew up with both (in French though; I put the English book version image in my Post) & I find especially Tintin to be still fascinating.


We had most of them in English, although a few Asterixes were in French, one was in Icelandic (a jaw-cracker of a language) and one was in Esperanto (an old family friend was a believer).

 

As for Tintin, the stories could go anywhere and the quality of the drawings, especially vehicles, was excellent. And my dad is a little bit like Captain Haddock!

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PalJoey : +1 I also grew up with both (in French though; I put the English book version image in my Post) & I find especially Tintin to be still fascinating.


We had most of them in English, although a few Asterixes were in French, one was in Icelandic (a jaw-cracker of a language) and one was in Esperanto (an old family friend was a believer).

 

As for Tintin, the stories could go anywhere and the quality of the drawings, especially vehicles, was excellent. And my dad is a little bit like Captain Haddock!

I love that expression "a jaw-cracker of a language"; I put it up there with another one of my favourite "English" expressions : "Gobsmacked" :etysmile:   I had to look up Esperanto & I vaguely remember hearing/reading about it quite a while ago. 

+1*** on your take pertaining to the quality of the drawings in the Tintin books; indeed the vehicles were replicated exactly as the real ones & also the details and so many objects in some of the frames.  LOL about your dad & Captain Haddock (blue blistering barnacles #*&^$$#!!!)

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I love that expression "a jaw-cracker of a language"; I put it up there with another one of my favourite "English" expressions : "Gobsmacked" :etysmile:   I had to look up Esperanto & I vaguely remember hearing/reading about it quite a while ago.

+1*** on your take pertaining to the quality of the drawings in the Tintin books; indeed the vehicles were replicated exactly as the real ones & also the details and so many objects in some of the frames.  LOL about your dad & Captain Haddock (blue blistering barnacles #*&^$$#!!!)


In earlier days, my dad was a teacher. When he found out his pupils' nickname for him was 'Genghis', I don't think I've ever seen him so pleased!

 

Yes, childhood comic books were mainly Asterix and Tintin, plus some illustrated children's versions of tales of Twm Sion Catti, a real-life Welsh folk hero who was a sort of cross between Robin Hood and Puck.

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I love that expression "a jaw-cracker of a language"; I put it up there with another one of my favourite "English" expressions : "Gobsmacked" :etysmile:   I had to look up Esperanto & I vaguely remember hearing/reading about it quite a while ago.

+1*** on your take pertaining to the quality of the drawings in the Tintin books; indeed the vehicles were replicated exactly as the real ones & also the details and so many objects in some of the frames.  LOL about your dad & Captain Haddock (blue blistering barnacles #*&^$$#!!!)


In earlier days, my dad was a teacher. When he found out his pupils' nickname for him was 'Genghis', I don't think I've ever seen him so pleased!

 

Yes, childhood comic books were mainly Asterix and Tintin, plus some illustrated children's versions of tales of Twm Sion Catti, a real-life Welsh folk hero who was a sort of cross between Robin Hood and Puck.

PalJoey LMAO, sorry, because I know who Robin Hood is/was of course but to me Puck is what we use to play hockey over here in Canada. :biggrin:  Was he a.k.a. Robin Goodfellow ?


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PalJoey LMAO, sorry, because I know who Robin Hood is/was of course but to me Puck is what we use to play hockey over here in Canada. :biggrin:  Was he a.k.a. Robin Goodfellow ?


Yep, that's who I meant.

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Taking a break from literature/biographies.  IMHO this is the best comic/cartoon series/albums ever written.

Wow...714 is one of my favourite of the entire Tintin series...

I have them in several languages...

Ps. There is one scene where it says Micronesia instead of Indonesia...
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Ring Lardner - the Real Dope. The fictional escapades of a not-very-bright American soldier in World War I. Pretty funny, if somewhat dated. A free Kindle download, so it's no loss if you don't like it.
 

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Ring Lardner - the Real Dope. The fictional escapades of a not-very-bright American soldier in World War I. Pretty funny, if somewhat dated. A free Kindle download, so it's no loss if you don't like it.
 

+1      I love Ring Lardner.  I have a Penguin book of all of his stories.  I love the Real Dope, Alibi Ike & You know me Al.  So many people don't know about this superb writer.  He had a knack for the vernacular of the time & incorporated it into his journalistic story telling prose which made for great stories not to mention memorable characters.  You deserve a reputation for reading this guy. :beerchug:

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+1      I love Ring Lardner.  I have a Penguin book of all of his stories.  I love the Real Dope, Alibi Ike & You know me Al.  So many people don't know about this superb writer.  He had a knack for the vernacular of the time & incorporated it into his journalistic story telling prose which made for great stories not to mention memorable characters.  You deserve a reputation for reading this guy. :beerchug:

I enjoy the tradition of American humorists, and Lardner was one of the writers highly commended by Groucho Marx in a collection of his essays, letters and articles which I read recently. The other writers he liked included Robert Benchley, George S.Kaufman, James Thurber, S.J.Perelman and E.B.White. I am familiar with a couple of those, but am planning to check out the others.

 

Lardner occupies his own niche, but there's also a very enjoyable and distinct style of comic writing that runs from Mark Twain, through S.J.Perelman, all the way through to Woody Allen's books.

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Very funny as usual, I've read every nonfiction book the man has penned.

 

"IV" is historically important (ask Billy Joel) and "Eating the Dinosaur" his last book is very good.  

 

"I Wear The Black Hat" is funny but uneven, his comparison of Kareem Abdul Jabbar and OJ Simpson is the highlight.  

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