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Social media celebrates Tintin's birth anniversary
On January 10, many people across the world celebrated the 83rd anniversary of Tintin’s first appearance, in Le Petit Vingtieme magazine, on 10 January 1929 and wished "Happy Birthday Tintin!" in the social media. In fact, Facebook was bombarded with Happy Birthday wishes to Tintin.

Adventures of Tintin are still inspiring and delighting readers all over the world. ‘The Adventures of Tintin’, as a series of comic albums had been one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century. It has been published in more than 70 languages with sales of more than 200 million copies.

Herge, the creator of Tintin has written about this character thus, “The idea for the character of Tintin and the sort of adventures that would befall him came to me, I believe, in five minutes, the moment I first made a sketch of the figure of this hero: that is to say, he had not haunted my youth nor even my dreams. Although it's possible that as a child I imagined myself in the role of a sort of Tintin."

Tintin can be seen as an ordinary man's hero. It is said that Tintin, as a young Belgian reporter, takes up dangerous cases with heroic action to save the day. It is his neutral attitudes with whom the common man always identified. "Tintin's personality is neutral, which allows the reader to not merely follow the adventures but assume Tintin's position within the story." says Wikipedia.

According to Michael Farr, in his depictions, Tintin is honest, decent, compassionate, and kind to the other characters.  He is also modest and self-effacing, loyalist of friends, and tremendously spirited. Tintin in Tibet was appropriately given the name Great Heart.

Due to Tintin's portrayal as a common man's hero, even Dalai Lama bestowed the International Campaign for Tibet's 'Light of Truth Award' upon the character of Tintin in 2006. The award was in recognition of Herge's book "Tintin in Tibet". In this publication, he was given the name Great Heart.

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