Last Wednesday night, June 25th, 2014 Fully Booked organized a formal launch of Tintin Shop, a merchandise store that carry all collectibles items of one of the most iconic comic book characters, Tintin. The shop is the first and only (so far) Tintin shop here in the Philippines which is fully loaded of different collectible items that fans of the comic book series will surely love.
During the store launch, there are short tours around the shop where Fully Booked staffs help us explore Tintin’s world more. Victoria, the one who tour our batch shares information and trivia about Hergé and The Adventures of Tintin. If she isn’t in-charge with the store launch I will think she is a hard-core fan of Tintin and Hergé herself. Or maybe she really is a hard-core fan. Too bad I forgot to ask her. But the way she explain things about Tintin, Herge and the other characters of this iconic comic book series clearly shows her enthusiasm & familiarity to Tintin’s world.
After the tour we also try making our own paper snowy which I’m not sure if I can do again on my own. There are games too where we won a couple of prizes like the Tintin calendar & postcard.
Who is Tintin?
Tintin is a fictional character created by Belgian comic book writer and artist Georges “Hergé” Remi back in the 1920’s or 30’s. Tintin is the protagonist of The Adventures of Tintin comics series, one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century. Very much like his creator, Tintin worked in a newspaper. He is a reporter and an adventurer who travels in different places with his sidekick dog, Snowy. Snowy’s original French name is Milou which is also the nickname of Hergé’s first girlfriend.
Throughout the series, Tintin travels into different places and becomes involved in dangerous cases and solving mysteries in which he takes heroic action to save the day.
Georges “Hergé” Remi is known for his remarkable “clean-line” style of drawing, and meticulous, well-researched plots. His aesthetic influence a new generation of artist, cartoonist, and designers. A museum, the Hergé Museum in Louvain-La-Neuve, was opened in 2009 to commemorates Hergé’s life and artworks.
Tintin Shop carry lots of Tintin’s merchandise. Of course, they have the complete collection of the comic books from the first black & white Tintin comic (Tintin in the Land of the Soviets) to the last comic book (Tintin and Alph-Art). All comic books are available in different formats. I’ve also found a box set at the second floor of Fully Booked. There are also special designed shirts, toys, bags, plastic/ceramic figures, models, plush dolls, watches, paintings, posters, postcards, coasters, mugs, jars, key chains, stationary, and other collectible items that carry Tintin’s logo.
Fans of Tintin here in the Philippines, you don’t have to go anymore to other countries like Singapore, Japan or Brussels in order to buy additional items for your collections. And to those who are fairly new to Tintin, you are all welcome to visit Tintin shop to discover and explore the masterpiece of Hergé.
Tintin Shop is situated inside Fully Booked, The Fort branch at the Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City. For more details and inquiries check Fully Booked on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @_FullyBooked.