Before Indiana Jones inspired me, there was Tintin.

I lived in Munich, Germany from second to fourth grades. Sometime during those years I discovered the famous European comics created by a Belgian artist named Georges Remi (pen name Herge). The main character is a young reporter who goes on wild adventures spanning the globe (think a PG-rated James Bond minus the girls). Once I began to read these stories, I started to go ahead and create my own.

Today I went to see Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin. While I don't use this blog to review things like movies and music, I have to say I loved the film. I had read the original comic with this particular story, yet I truly found it coming to life. The spirit reminded me of the original Raiders of the Lost Ark. But as Spielberg has said in interviews, Herge knew how to tell an adventure story long before George Lucas and he came up with Indiana Jones.

In third grade, my teacher encouraged me in my writing. My fourth grade teacher read to us every day from C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. Those two things helped inspire me to want to become a writer.

Tintin, however, helped cement that desire.

I love that Spielberg has helped introduce Tintin to the American audience. I look forward to seeing the next installment of Tintin on the big screen directed by Peter Jackson.

As for my foray into the adventure genre, I've only gone there once. I created Henry Wolfe with the desire to tell a dozen stories like this. But oh well . . . that's another story.

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