Global Adventures of Tin Tin, The

For nearly 70 years of the twentieth century, Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi (better known by his pen name Hergé) wrote and illustrated two dozen globe-spanning adventure comics starring boy reporter Tintin and his faithful canine companion Snowy, along with a gallery of recurring characters. Though these comics have always remained popular in Europe until the present day, they have never reached a comparable level of popularity or even recognition in America (despite the 2011 Steven Spielberg film The Adventures of Tintin).

In this course, we will study the Tintin comics canon and its contextual connection to specific geographic, political and historical moments and eras. We will examine how the Tintin comics function as a narrative art form and discuss them in aesthetic and interdisciplinary contexts through such starting points as narrative & storytelling; technology; mythology; geography; politics; religion; and history.

Guiding our investigation and studies will be the work of world-renowned “Tintintologist” Michael Farr, who has written and lectured extensively about Tintin creator and author/artist Hergé. We will engage in both classroom and online discussions, and extensive individual and group research and writing. 

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144: MW 2:00-3:15pm
Spring 2024
The Arts
Global Issues

Donald Presnell

Dr. Don Presnell holds MA degrees in English and Spanish from Appalachian State University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from App State's Reich College of Education. He is the author of Wandering The Wild Wild West: A Critical Analysis of the CBS Television Series (2021) and co-author of A Critical History of Television's The Twilight Zone, 1959-1964 (1998). He has created and taught multiple iterations of First Year Seminar, including “The Narrative Art of Comics”; “The Twilight Zone”; “Doctor Who: TARDIS Travels in General Education”; “Dr. Seuss and Y(our) World”; “The Simple Complexity of Peanuts: Exploring the Perennially Popular Comic Strip”; and “The X-Files: Science Fiction Search for Truth.”

He has been nominated for both the Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in First Year Seminar (2012, 2019) and the Harvey R. Durham Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award (2014, 2017, 2018) at Appalachian State University. He is currently the Director of the Common Reading Program and a Senior Lecturer in the First Year Seminar program. His interests include multimodality; literature; comics and graphic novels; film and television studies; English and Spanish; pedagogy and instructional design; educational leadership; and baseball.