If you're a fan of Tintin comics and of Hergé (Georges Remi), this is one book you’ll want to own. Nothing “comic book” or throw away about this beautifully produced volume. The form factor and details are wonderful: a square format with an elegant embossed black and white drawing close-up of Tintin with his trademark quiff on the cover. It has also red- and white-checkerboard page edges, just like the iconic rocket ship from “Destination Moon.” This one will display nicely with the rest of your Tintin collectibles.
It won't stay on the display shelf for long. The 480 pages inside are just as delightful. It’s full of colorful images of all things Hergé, from enticing photos of the Hergé Museum in Brussels (you’ll want to go!), to artifacts and models used in the production of the Tintin books, snapshots and promotional pictures of Hergé, and lots of images of actual camera art.
You’ll see up close and in detail how Hergé created his books, from preliminary rough sketches and figure drawings, pencil layouts and revisions, reference materials and photography, original camera art line (with all the corrections) and the final colored print version. A real look “inside” that the comic fan will appreciate.
Tintin: The Art of Hergé
by Michel Daubert
Harry N. Abrams
2013, 480 pages, 8.5 x 8.5 x 1.8 inches (paperback)
$31 Buy one on Amazon
See sample pages from this book at Wink.
Scientists at the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh are toiling in their laboratories to create ice cream that stays firm for a long time even in hot weather. The secret ingredient is a naturally occurring protein produced by a bacteria. This protein sticks to fat droplets and air bubbles, binding them with the water so that the ice cream remains rigid. The Telegraph reports that the protein can also "prevent gritty ice crystals from forming, ensuring a fine, smooth texture more reminiscent of luxury ice creams."
The stunning temples and gardens of Kyoto are something my family and I will never forget. The rude tourists tugging the kimono sleeves of beautifully dressed and made-up maiko and asking them to pose like Disney World characters for a photo is something we would like to forget. The city of Kyoto hopes that its new brochure aimed at curbing gaijin impoliteness will allow maiko to go about their business in public without being mobbed.
The infographic-style brochure also describes 17 other akimahen ("do not") for tourists to be mindful of. They range from the mildly annoying (giving a tip to a server) to the criminally egregious (riding a bike while drunk, which is punishable by up to five years in prison). With the exception of the no-tipping custom and the automatic taxi doors (I try to close the door every time I ride a taxi in Japan and the cabbies hate it because it probably stresses the mechanism), almost every akimahen on the list is just common sense.
A group of Fargo, North Dakota police officers confronted two men they thought were mounting a rifle on a tripod behind a garage at night. One man appeared to be wearing a tactical vest. Turned out that the "tactical vest" was a sweater and the two college students were just setting up a telescope behind their house to check out the moon.
NDSU student Levi Joraanstad told WDAY 6 that he and his buddy thought that it was just a couple of their neighbors trying to prank them by shining bright lights at them and yelling.
"I was kind of fumbling around with my stuff and my roommate and I were kind of talking, we were kind of wondering, what the heck's going on?," Joraanstadt said. "This is pretty dumb that these guys are doing this. And then they started shouting to quit moving or we could be shot. And so at that moment we kind of look at each other and we're thinking we better take this seriously."
Apparently the cops apologized when they realized that they had misread the situation. "Better safe than sorry," said one of the officers.
Charlie Murphy of Ireland came across this shopping cart filled with rubber ducks (or maybe geese, or some other kind of waterfowl). Squeezing just one duck produces a toy horn sound, but smooshing down on a bunch of them at once produces a blood-curdling scream you'd expect from the Sixth Trumpet in the Book of Revelation.
Vogue shares this handy guide to dressing for the playa! You can look unique, just like everyone else!
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The Cecil the Lion Costume is modeled upon, or at least superficially cobbled-together from generic costume bits to resemble, the animal poached lately by the proverbial Rich Dentist. You can stop sending it in now, thank you!
Yesterday, I went to a terrific parking lot record swap in San Rafael, California and I regret not purchasing "Bigfoot: (Northwest's Abominable Snowman)," an album of country tunes about my favorite cryptid sung by Don Jones. Check out these two songs from the LP, including the title track that includes the "real scream of the true Bigfoot (Sasquatch.)"
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It must have found the bone of its dreams!
Don't be cruel—watch this adorable cockatoo rocking to Elvis.
Peter Bellerby is one of the last people in the business. Occupying an artisanal space between mass-produced tat and astronomically-expensive artwork is "horrendously difficult," he tells Citylab.
“You have to retrain your body to work in a much slower and guarded way,” he says. “They’ve got to want to do it and not be beaten by the process.” It took him more than a year to learn the art.…
Today, Bellerby sees globes as inspirational rather than everyday-functional. “You’ll never use it to navigate; you use GPS and Google maps because that is completely amazing and fantastic,” he says. “But when you have a globe, it allows you to see the planet we live on and see the countries as they relate to each other—which is really important and far more inspiring.”
The official website is at bellerbyandco.com. Prices start at £999. They have an Etsy store too.
There'll be nobody left in this world to hold me tight. Nobody left in this world to kiss goodnight.
What on Earth was he thinking? [via
Stuart Valentino, 34, of Southsea, England, was kicked out by his wife as a result. "In retrospect, I'm not surprised, it really is the stupidest thing I've ever done."
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Of the American contenders, Newark is the most-hated, though Turkey's Dalamar airport takes the international honors.
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