Comic character Tintin, a Belgian reporter and heroic adventurer, turns 80 this year. The first event to mark the popular character's birthday took place on Wednesday with the unveiling of a giant fresco at a train station in Brussels.
|Tintin is a reporter whose adventures took him all around the world,|
and the mural is a tribute to those travels.
The fresco presents several comic characters drawn by Georges Remi, who is better known by his pen name Herge. Tintin is a reporter whose adventures took him all around the world, and the mural is a tribute to those travels.
Along with his four-legged friend Snowy, Tintin first appeared in a Belgian magazine supplement on January 10, 1929.
Since 1929, more than 200 million copies have been sold and the comics have been translated into more than 100 languages, including local dialects.
Moulinsart is the business holding the rights to all Tintin character merchandising.
|In 2007, Moulinsart, announced a deal with Hollywood studio 'Dreamworks'.|
Nick Rodwell, the CEO of Moulinsart, said, "I'm just not really for celebrating the 80th birthday of a young reporter. So it's a bit strange but I had the honour on Sunday to meet somebody in Denmark, Copenhagen, who went around the world in 44 days in 1928 and he's 97 today. So everything is possible. I think the solution to living a great life is to travel and that's what Tintin did."
And Tintin is about to travel again. In 2007, Moulinsart, announced a deal with Hollywood studio 'Dreamworks'.
For the first film, Spielberg is teaming up with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, who brings technological expertise for bringing Tintin to life. Moulinsart said they hope the first film will be released on May 22, 2011.