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#11 · Posted: 19 Oct 2016 19:31 · Edited by: mct16
A French article on the subject includes a page from an early "sort of" colourisation of "Soviets".
#12 · Posted: 19 Oct 2016 19:50
an early "sort of" colourisation of "Soviets"

That's one of the two "Christmas" pages mentioned above - the issue of Le Petit Vingtiéme in which they appeared ran on Christmas Day, so they gave the readers a treat!

Nice to see the cover artwork for the original cover!
#13 · Posted: 9 Nov 2016 15:08
Looks like there will be two colour editions, the deluxe version being twice the price, different cover, and titled 'Chez Les Soviets'.

https://citycomics2014.net/2016/10/31/tintin-reporter-chez-les-soviets -couleur-le-11-janvier/amp/
#14 · Posted: 12 Dec 2016 09:05
Very interesting. I'll definitely pick it up, but I've got reservations myself. I suppose the biggest thing for me isn't that it's being colored by someone other than Herge, but rather that Herge wouldn't be available to do his customary revisions before the color was added. (I'm under the impression that before an album was prepared for coloring Herge would customarily revise and restructure the artwork a bit to ready it for the different coloring...?)

It'll be interesting to see what ends up coming of it. The teaser artwork sure looks good, though.
#15 · Posted: 4 Jan 2017 09:16 · Edited by: Rocky
Looks like there will be two colour editions

My link is out of date, here is a working one:
https://citycomics2014.net/2016/12/20/tintin-reporter-chez-les-soviets -couleur-le-11-janvier/

"The deluxe edition is in the format of the first edition of Vingtième Siècle with an original cover by Hergé, the "forgotten" board produced in the occasion of a special Christmas issue of the Petit Vingtième and completed with an unpublished notebook of 16 Pages written by Philippe Goddin."
#16 · Posted: 9 Jan 2017 13:46 · Edited by: Rocky
Casterman has two example pages here.
#17 · Posted: 9 Jan 2017 16:42
"Land of the Soviets" was originally published in "Le Petit Vingtième" from 1929 to 1930. When it ended, a boy dressed as Tintin appeared at the Gare du Nord station in Brussels as a publicity stunt.

For the launch of this colourised version they have done something similar: an actor looking like Tintin was at the launch and even drove an old Amilcar similar to the ones Tintin drives in the book. Members of the public cosplayed as Tintin with Snowy-like dogs and there was even a very good Captain Haddock-lookalike.

Pictures can be seen here.
#18 · Posted: 9 Jan 2017 19:15
Thanks for that link, mct16. Interesting stuff and a nice idea by the publisher!

Although the Tintin actor struck me as looking very different from the oval-faced much younger looking 1929 Tintin, on reflection, I actually quite like the way he carries off the outfit and quiff with that more contemporary 2016 look. I think Hergé would have approved, given the way he tended to continually modernise Tintin's look himself.

The car is great too, as is that Snowy look-a-like in the latter photos.
#19 · Posted: 10 Jan 2017 08:11
The return to Brussels was part of a bigger event, following this Tintin back from a visit to Moscow (including posing in front of St. Basil's, as shown on the cover of the album), which has been running for about a week.

Festivities reach a head this evening, with the launch party for the book at the Hergé exhibition in Paris.

It's another reminder that our Twitter feed and Facebook page cover many things which don't necessarily get duplicated here... ;-)
#20 · Posted: 10 Jan 2017 17:49
I've been reading a French review of this book and the main criticism is that if it is aimed for a modern readership then it ought to include explanatory notes in order that modern readers can understand the context of the Bolshevik revolution, the propaganda and the motives of Herge's editor in attacking the Soviet regime.

There has been a deluxe edition which does include a 16-page preface by Philippe Goddin, which the critic recommends and laments its limited publication.

Personally, I have not changed my opinion that this colourisation is a travesty, but since it has been done then I think that they could at least have made an effort to use paints, watercolours or markers as it was done in Herge's time. This colourising by Photoshop feels so flat and grey.

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