Hope you enjoyed your trip !
1. That topic was discussed here
. I don't think we really reached a consensus, but I've only ever seen hardbacks.
2. They're facsimiles of the first colour editions. As you saw for The Black Island
, some are very different to the present day editions (that was the first one produced in the facsimile series, back in 1996 I think). Others, such as Tintin in the Congo
were barely changed, with the only differences being little things such as colours on the cover, lettering etc.
The books are printed on a matt-style paper, with more pastel-like colours, and have a plain spine (to mimic the leathery effect of the originals). Etienne Pollet of Casterman is in charge of producing them, with the aim of releasing the entire series in this format (including Flight 714
and Tintin and the Picaros
with plain grey spines).
It's worth reading through some of the comments sections on Casterman's site (here
) for an insight into the little differences between editions, although it's all in French.
I really like the facsimiles, they somehow feel to me to be more like a Tintin book should, instead of the high-gloss / plastic pages of the current editions.