Tintin came to me late in my life – when I was 10. I understand how ludicrous it may seem, when I write statements like that, but indeed, at the age of 10, I already had a decent comic book knowledge and collection – including the arguably very first comic book ever made. Having said that, Tintin is been part of my life for over two decades now, and what a ride it has been! It’s soft trace techniques have inspired me, in my teenage years, to write and draw my own comic books. Its plots ere great and the accuracy of details was surprising. Specially when travelling, Tintin and his friends made me feel every single thing I was reading could be true – and later I discovered that most of it really was. I travelled through Europe and Asia in my early life with Tintin and Milou – I was there!.

tintin_02 Unfortunately I haven’t yet been to the Cheverny castle, in France, near Orleans and Blois. It is the building Herge took inspiration for Moulinsart – where Haddock, Tintin, Milou and Tournesol live. But I’ve been to Belgium a few times, always purchasing a different Tintin character :)  Next time I make a Tintin related travel I’ll stop in Moldova!