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Bust of Hergé

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The bust of Hergé, rue Hergé in Angoulême, is the work of Tchang Tchong-Jen, the friend of the creator of Tintin.
Bust of Hergé made by Tchang, rue Hergé in Angoulême (photo credit: Fantrippers)
Bust of Hergé made by Tchang, rue Hergé in Angoulême (photo credit: Fantrippers)

“Chang!… My poor Chang!… So nice… We will never see him again!… Never again! And then, no! CHANG IS NOT DEAD!

Tintin, extract from Tintin in Tibet

Hergé and Angoulême, it is a long history. In 1977, Georges Remi went to the comic book festival. The poster of this edition takes a visual of Tintin and the Picaros, just published. A first in color since the previous ones by Hugo Pratt and André Franquin are in black and white. To celebrate the arrival of the creator of Jo, Zette and Jocko, an exhibition is held at the Museum of Fine Arts of the city and the artist offers the city two pages of Tintin in Tibet, an inked board and a pencil. Today, these two gifts are the property of the City of Comics.

Tintin in Tibet was still mentioned during the inauguration of the Hergé statue in 1989. This sculpture is a realization of Tchang Tchong-Jen, the Chinese friend of Georges Remi. Known only as Chang in the albums The Blue Lotus and Tintin in Tibet, the man maintained a true friendship until the death of the creator.

In 2003, the bust of Hergé left the Castro building of the Cité for a more public place. In January, during the Festival and in the presence of the future king of the Belgians, Philippe, it is inaugurated, rue Marengo. This street was renamed Hergé on this occasion.

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In 2012, Tintin in Tibet is number 1 in the ranking of the fifty essential comics of Lire magazine.

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By Damien Canteau

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

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