July 25, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Back from Europe

In Germany

At the Herge Museum in Belgium, Coffee in Leuven, and happy trash in France

Just returned from a short trip to Belgium, France and Germany. Part business, part pleasure. One of the highlights was a visit to the  Herge Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve,Belgium,  dedicated to the master of art and story, ( and creator of the beloved Tin Tin) Georges Remi, or mostly known by his pen name: Herge.   There is still a bit of controversy surrounding his actions during the second world war, but you can’t take away his contribution to the world of art , character and story. Plus I am always enamored with the ability of comic artists to keep the rights to their work and create a long life for their creations if they choose to. Remi looked after the details of the world of Tin tin until the day he died ( including negotiating a contract that the only director he would allow to do a Tin Tin feature in the states was Stephen Spielberg.)

A visit to Europe always flames the creative fire for me. I love it. The history and devotion to the arts is fantastic. Always inspired.

But whenever anyone mentions the Eiffle Tower, I keep hearing Tom Kenny doing the voice of the crazy tour bus driver in “I See London, I See France” when he mocks Rocko saying: “When are we going to see the Eiffle tower? When are we going to see the Eiffle tower?


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5 Responses to July 25, 2012

  1. Chris says:

    This looks like it was a really great trip for you, Joe! Seems like you got to see a lot of great stuff in such a short amount of time! I would love to see that museum myself one day! I am a big TinTin fan for a long time.

    What was your short trip there for if I may ask, Joe? Personal time or maybe following a lead for your next big creative project?

    I have to confess I think of Tom Kenny’s tour driver when I hear someone mention that as well but I hear him screaming, “Get back on the bus!”

  2. Joe Murray says:

    Part business, part pleasure. Can’t talk about the business part just yet. Thanks for your post.

    • Chris says:

      You are very welcome, Joe. I always like to keep up on what is going on with the man who really helped to change my childhood for the better with watching Rocko. Rocko always had this great sense of comedy you just don’t find in a lot of cartoons then or even now especially. It was so special.

      I hope to hear really great news when it comes to the secret business part of your trip. Good luck, Joe!

  3. M. says:

    God, I love Europe. I was in Malta for just two weeks in one of my previous jobs. Everything is so colorful there, some areas reminded me of a cross between Naples and San Francisco (this sounds weird and it is, but in a good way)… I have to find an excuse to go back when my wallet permits.

  4. Bill Cass says:

    Well, he picked a good director, because I really enjoyed the Tin Tin feature that Spielberg finally did create. I wonder if he’s felt obligated to since finding out that news? I certainly would. I’m glad the trip went well, Joe!

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