There are some difficult emotional things going on in my life right now. I'll still be around and talking about fandom, because fandom is a happiness and a comfort for me. But I may be a bit flaky for a while. Your patience is appreciated if I, for example, fail to answer your comment promptly (or at all). I don't plan on that, because I want
to talk to you folks about enjoyable things, but it could happen. If it does, your comments are nevertheless read and appreciated.
And now, without further ado, more Tintin.
I've been re-reading the two moon comics as I work on my story (which is set then), and I've noticed that ( spoilers, I guess )
I also finished watching the 1961 French live-action TV movie Tintin et le mystère de la Toison d'Or
(Tintin and the Mystery of the Golden Fleece
; link goes to the first part of the complete film on YouTube). Alas, this is not subtitled, or I'd recommend that you all watch it immediately, because it's fairly adorable and has so much subtext OMG
. Tintin and Haddock are pretty touchy-feely (seriously, it verges on Second Doctor-and-Jamie territory sometimes), and Tintin reads as gayer than Oscar Wilde kissing Bosie on a bed of lavender. Really. The actor's performance may have looked like boyish innocence in 1961, but to me it said "twinkiest twink who ever twinked, and who utterly adores his big bearded older boyfriend, and there might be porn any minute." At a couple of moments the show genuinely seemed on the verge of porn: once when Tintin takes his clothes off (to go scuba diving, okay, so it was TOTALLY JUSTIFIED by the plot), revealing a nicely muscled body in the process, and at the end when he helps Captain Haddock fasten his medal ribbon around his neck. (It's in part 7/7, almost at the very end, and I swear it made me think the creators were wondering how they could possibly write in a scene where Tintin would cling to Haddock with his arms round Haddock's neck, and this is what they came up with.)
Finally: I recently saw a little clip of the new Tintin movie and freaked out a bit, because Tintin looks like he's twelve
in the thing. He's not that young in the comics, but it's going to ruin any chance of my seeing/enjoying Tintin/Haddock slash in the movie. Of course there are still the
Thom(p)sons, voiced by the always slashy Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.