Sunday, June 04, 2006

Dalai Lama honours Tintin

Tintin will become the first comic strip hero to be honoured by a religious leader when the Dalai Lama presents the Truth of Light award to the Hergé Foundation, named after Tintin’s creator.

The award honours individuals and institutions that have made a significant contribution to the public’s understanding of Tibet. Hergé’s Tintin in Tibet, published in 1959, is the 20th in the classic series, and was said to be Hergé’s favourite.

“For many people around the world Tintin in Tibet was their first introduction to Tibet, the beauty of its landscape and its culture. And that is something that has passed down the generations,” said Simon van Melick, of the International Campaign for Tibet.

In the story, the young intrepid reporter Tintin and his companions, the blustering Captain Haddock and faithful dog, Snowy, go in search of Tintin’s Chinese friend, Chang, in the Tibetan mountains. “When I read it as a boy, I failed to appreciate the irony of Tintin desperately searching for his Chinese friend,” van Melick said.


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