Asterix vs Tintin debate
Epic Asterix vs Tintin debate at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival
Two comic characters prompted a heated debate at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival‘s opening night, which was sponsored by Lancaster University. The audience voted by just one vote to establish Asterix as the character most deserving of the cherished place on the bookshelf – beating Tintin in a fun debate to kick start the festival weekend. Putting the case for Tintin was Benoît Peeters, the new Professor of Graphic Fiction and Comic Art at Lancaster University, and author of two books on Tintin’s creator, Hergé. Holding out gallantly against the oppressors was Peter Kessler, BAFTA award-winning producer and author of The Complete Guide to Asterix.
Professor Peeters spoke of Tintin creator Hergé’s art and place as the originator of the ligne Claire art style. He praised the composition, elegance,narrative, the fascinating characters and epic dimension of his work and was backed by comic book writer Leah Moore and Australian comics scholar and creator Stuart Medley. Championing Asterix and his original creators Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, Peter Kessler spoke of the Gallic rebel’s quirkiness, unconventional and carefree character and his inner strength. He was backed by Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard and VIZ magazine artist Graham Dury. Every round of the debate was punctuated by on the spot sketches of proceedings from Los Angeles-based cartoonists Luke and Steve McGarry.