It seems that Tintin is very popular in Indonesia
Yes, it is very popular, but now with the enormous manga hype, Tintin now stands at the background. But it is still well-recognized, especially among comic enthusiasts. Just like what Rianna Lauren said :
and if you walk down the street and ask, "Do you know Tintin?" they'd most likely say yes. "Guy with the quiff and little white dog, going around the world and stuff.
As far as I know, Tintin is enormously popular in Indonesia at the 70s and 80s (My father's generation!
OH what a retro feeling... XD), at the time its comics were still largely circulated all over the bookstores in Indonesia. Starting in the 90s (the emerge of my generation), (perhaps) the editions' circulation and amount started to decline, and at the new millenium, the 2000s, it was very hard to find Tintin at a common bookstore, until at 2004 (if I wasn't mistaken), Gramedia published Tintin again, but as far as I think it hasn't been back to the popularity it was like back then at the 70s and 80s (perhaps because of the book size, and the names, perhaps... :P).
But the comic albums were not the only means of Tintin propagation in Indonesia. There were (and still are) the TV series (Ellipse-Nelvana) which also helps propelling Tintin's popularity in Indonesia. Besides its comic albums, things that could also help most enthusiast (including me) relate to Tintin is the TV series.
Aside from reading it at one's own will, most people, including the newer generation, was introduced to Tintin by their parents (for example, Rianna Lauren was introduced to Tintin by her mother, and I was introduced to Tintin by my father). Some might also interested in reading Tintin from seeing the family's collection, a case might happened to my high school friend.
Anyway, the number of fanboys and fangirls here are quite balanced, the fanboys' number exceeded the number of the fangirls, but just a bit, it is a 55-45, boys to girls (I knew this from the Tintin id, which was based from the survey at the facebook).
One more thing! Here, people who read Tintin comics are considered as smart comic readers, for they enjoys complex plot and clever stories, but that was just a generalization, made by those who looked at people who read most European comics but Tintin, and people who read Tintin. And remember that generalization tends to mislead ;).