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4 Bob De Moor dedications from the archives of Johannes Stawowy

In the past 2 years we have been using a lot of pictures taken from the archives of Johannes Stawowy, as you can see here for instance. But a few weeks ago Johannes sent us also a couple of scans of drawings Bob De Moor made when corresponding with him or when signing a scrapbook. Today we show you 4 of these dedications.

A self portrait of Bob De Moor, probably made in 1986.
A self portrait of Bob De Moor, probably made in 1986.

The first one is a self portrait (a selfie that is nowadays) which was placed in a scrapbook Johannes kept from the events surrounding Bob De Moor‘s visit to Mülheim, Germany back in 1986.

As you can see the drawing was first sketched out and then completed with a marker. You’ll recognise the big nose and typical moustache which have always been part of Bob De Moor‘s self portraits.

Jacques Martin's Lefranc as drawn by Bob De Moor.
Jacques Martin’s Lefranc as drawn by Bob De Moor.

Next is a drawing of Lefranc, which De Moor made in November 1988. In case you don’t know why De Moor drew Lefranc (and believe it or not, there are still many who don’t know), De Moor drew the 4th Lefranc album “Le repaire du loup” under guidance of Jacques Martin.

Cori by Bob De Moor.
Cori by Bob De Moor.

The 3rd drawing is one of Cori which De Moor made in May 1990. By May 1990 De Moor was in between the publication of 2 Cori albums, “L’Expédition maudite” (1987) and “Dali Capitan” (1993) and he had finished the extremely stressful work on the Blake & Mortimer album “Professor Sató’s Three Formulae, Volume 2: Mortimer vs. Mortimer” in February of that year. He was also in the middle of the first harsh criticism regarding the work he had done on said Blake & Mortimer album.

Bob De Moor on a pencil.
Bob De Moor on a pencil.

The 4th one is again a self portrait made in August 1986 and which shows De Moor’s head placed on a pencil. It wouldn’t be the last time that De Moor would use his head that way. For the 1989 published graphic biography book “Bob De Moor” released by Warande Turnhout, he would put his head in a Pelikan inkwell.

If you also have such dedications by Bob De Moor, don’t hesitate to send them, especially if they have some interesting details!

Bob De Moor in Welkenraedt for ‘Tout Hergé’ in 1991

In 1991 the Belgian village of Welkenraedt was the decor for the “Tout Hergé” exhibition which lasted 3 months (from June 8 till September 15). It was the biggest exhibition on Hergé and his work held so far. Johannes Stawowy, from whom we have already received lots of material on Bob De Moor, sent us a few pictures today when he visited the opening night of the exhibition. Of course he met up with Bob De Moor.

Johannes Stawowy and Bob De Moor in Welckenraedt in 1991. You can see Bob De Moor's wife Jeanne De Belder sitting on the right. Guy Decissy can be seen on the far left.
Johannes Stawowy and Bob De Moor in Welckenraedt in 1991. You can see Bob De Moor’s wife Jeanne De Belder sitting on the right. Guy Decissy can be seen on the far left.

Today we present you some pictures taken in 1991 at the Welkenraedt Exhibition. You’ll recognise several people which have been part of the Tintinosphere for a long time, such as Zhang Chongren (on whom Hergé based the Chang character which was introduced in the album “The Blue Lotus”), Guy Decissy and of course Bob de Moor (and his wife Jeanne De Belder).

Here are some more pictures.

Johannes Stawowy and Bob De Moor in Welckenraedt in 1991.
Johannes Stawowy and Bob De Moor in Welckenraedt in 1991.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also Zhang Chongren was present in Welckenraedt.
Also Zhang Chongren was present in Welckenraedt.

Bob De Moor explains how he worked on ‘The lake of Sharks’ animation film (The Johannes Stawowy Archives – Part 4)

Johannes Stawowy‘s personal archives of Bob De Moor‘s visit to Mülheim, Germany back in 1986 keep on revealing their secrets. Today we received some further material which Bob De Moor drew during the Q&A session in March 1986. As you might remember, In this article we showed you a photograph of Bob De Moor explaining how he worked on the “Lake of Sharks” animation film.

A sketch by Bob De Moor made in Mülheim, Germany in 1986.
A sketch by Bob De Moor made in Mülheim, Germany in 1986.

Today we present you a frontal shot of said drawing. We have enhanced the colors a bit for clarity because the combination of cheap paper, markers and some 29 years didn’t exactly improve the quality. The drawing shows 3 sequences in which Bob De Moor explained how the animators had to work in order to bring Tintin to live for the “Lake of Sharks” animation film. Although graphically this is quite hasty work, the intention here was to instruct and not to create a good drawing of course.

Tomorrow we’ll show you 2 more drawings, which unfortunately also suffered from the time and also some water damage. Nevertheless, you’ll be able to meet Tintin, Snowy and Thomson and Thompson

Barelli and Tintin in Germany (The Johannes Stawowy Archives – Part 3)

In November 2014 we presented you 2 articles based on Johannes Stawowy‘s archives of Bob De Moor‘s visit to Mülheim, Germany back in 1986, and more precisely the Q&A session which took place on March 14 & 15 of 1986. There is a lot more that can be told from this visit to Germany, so today we bring you part 3.

Barelli - Mülheim, Germany, 1986
Barelli – Mülheim, Germany, 1986

But Bob De Moor did more than just answering questions as you can read in this and this article. Johannes now sent us 2 extra photographs of drawings which Bob De Moor made in Mülheim.

They were drawn on the paper board that De Moor used during his Q&A session and on which he drew various examples of Tintin characters and explained how they were being drawn for use in the animated Belvision film “The lake of Sharks”. Note that this is/was not the easiest way of drawing as many comic authors will acknowledge.

Tintin - Mülheim, Germany, 1986
Tintin – Mülheim, Germany, 1986

The first drawing shows Barelli reading his own adventures and saying that the stories are great. The second one shows a very simplified drawing of the cover of the Tintin album “Red Rackham’s Treasure”. If you look well you can actually see Bob De Moor‘s signature on the bottom right with underneath it, ‘Studios Hergé‘.

In the next days and weeks we’ll continue with more articles based on the archives of Johannes Stawowy.

This is where Bob De Moor worked at the Studios Hergé (The Johannes Stawowy archives – Part 2)

A few days ago we offered you an insight into Bob De Moor’s trip to Mülheim in 1986 to represent the Studios Hergé and to explain how he worked. This was possible thanks to the archives of Johannes Stawowy. Today these archives take us to Brussels in 1986, more precisely to the Studios Hergé based at the Avenue Louise 162 (side-note, that same year they would be renamed Fondation Hergé). And surprise, for once Bob De Moor is the man behind the camera.

The name plate holding Alexis Remi and Bob de Moor.
The name plate holding Alexis Remi and Bob de Moor.

Johannes stayed 6 weeks at the Studios Hergé in July/August 1986 mainly to bring some order into the archives. In one photo we received you can see Johannes standing in front of the door of Bob De Moor‘s office. We enlarged a detail and the name plate  on the door still said Alexis Remi and Bob de Moor although Hergé‘s father had died in 1970, 88 years old.

Johannes Stawowy standing in front of Bob De Moor's office door, notice the painting on the left. Worth millions now.
Johannes Stawowy standing in front of Bob De Moor’s office door, notice the painting on the left. Worth millions now.

In another photograph we see Johannes standing a bit shy next to said door: “I was pretty shy if you look back at these pictures, just being ironic. You can also see the original 1935 painting from the “The Blue Lotus” album on the left of me, I should have taken it with me, hehe!” In the same picture you can see the poster which Bob De Moor made for the Belgian pavilion at the Vancouver’s Expo of 1986. We’ll be talking about this poster in tomorrow’s news. The sticker which was also produced by the Studios Hergé for the Vancouver’s Expo of 1986 can be seen in the 3rd picture where Johannes sits at Bob De Moor‘s desk.

Johannes Stawowy sitting at Bob De Moor's desk - picture 1.
Johannes Stawowy sitting at Bob De Moor’s desk – picture 1.

It was Bob De Moor directing the photos, that’s why he asked Johannes to sit down at his own desk. In the picture on the left you can see the mirror which was often used in gags by Bob De Moor when he drew a cartoon of himself.  You can also see a National Geographic issue and some Kuifje magazines. You can also notice the BP sticker Bob De Moor created featuring Thomson and Thompson. The big drawing on the wall will surely remind some of our readers of a drawing Bob De Moor made. Was it used as a reference?

Johannes Stawowy sitting at Bob De Moor's desk - picture 2.
Johannes Stawowy sitting at Bob De Moor’s desk – picture 2.

The next pictures gives another view on Bob De Moor‘s desk. It is filled with material including a picture/photocopy of a boat, which he was probably using to work on Cori’s “L’Expédition Maudite” which would be published in 1987. You also see a storyboard of one of the Fruit D’Or adverts produced in the 1970s and 1980s (on the right of the boat picture – and yes you will need to turn the picture 180 degrees and watch closely). It’s not clear which storyboard it is. Note the Citroën calendar on the wall behind Johannes as created by Bob De Moor for the Studios Hergé.

The Johannes Stawowy archives provide us with a very rare insight as they show images and material which never reached the big public. As a result we’ll be publishing several more articles based on the material that Johannes kept in his vaults for all these years.

Bob De Moor in Mülheim in 1986 (The Johannes Stawowy archives – Part 1)

In early July we published an article on issue 15 of the German comic info magazine Reddition released in November 1989. A few weeks later we received an email from Johannes Stawowy, the man behind the ‘Hergés Universum‘ magazine which was part of the ‘Reddition‘ magazine. More precisely, from June 1987 to March 1992 he was the editor in chief of ‘Hergés Universum‘.

Bob De Moor and Johannes Stawowy in Mülheim, Germany at his parent's home.
Bob De Moor and Johannes Stawowy in Mülheim, Germany at his parent’s home.

But that’s not all, Johannes was also the person who had organized an exhibition (“Tim in Mülheim”) in March 1986, Johannes was only 18 then. He invited Bob De Moor for a Q&A session on March 14&15 which was preceded by a screening of “Tintin and the Lake of Sharks”. From that Q&A session with Bob De Moor, several videos also landed on Youtube. You can see all 3 below. You’ll see Bob De Moor explaining how he works both for Tintin and his own books (Barelli), and also how things went when preparing for the film “Tintin and the Lake of Sharks”.

The announcement of Bob De Moor visiting Mülheim, Germany on March 14&15, 1986. Do you recognize the Barelli drawing?
The announcement of Bob De Moor visiting Mülheim, Germany on March 14&15, 1986. Do you recognize the Barelli drawing?

We asked Johannes some background info on how he got to meet Bob De Moor: During my childhood I was an enthusiastic reader of Hergé’s work, but also of that of many other Franco-Belgian classic comic authors. When I was 15 years old, my passion for Hergé became more professional; Hergé had just died and in Germany there was almost nothing to be found from and about him, except the Tintin-books. So I sought contact with the Studios Hergé and Bob de Moor invited me to visit them! In the following years I founded a magazine (“Herges Universum”) and organized an exhibition (“Tintin in Mülheim” 14 March 1986), to which Bob De Moor came personally and explained his work for the Studios and the characters he worked on. At the end of these two days he sat exhausted in my children’s room and drew even more pictures for me. My highlight was a six-week vacation in the Studios Hergé in 1986. I was mainly there to bring some order into the archives and during that time they still had all the originals from Hergé and Bob De Moor. Looking back it seems like a dream to me.

Johannes would go on to study law in Osnabrück and Oxford and would obtain his doctorate in law. He also worked for the ministry of home affairs in Berlin. Today Johannes is married, has 2 kids and lives in Potsdam.  He provided us with a lot of pictures from the exhibition, but also sent us material of  Bob De Moor visiting his parent’s home in Mülheim, Bob De Moor signing the Golden Book of the town of Mülheim and much more.

We show you a first selection below but we’ll be posting more articles on Bob De Moor‘s visit as we were also given some of the correspondence leading up to this visit and to Johannes staying at the Studios Hergé.

Here are 3 videos taken from the session organized with Bob De Moor, auf Deutsch jawohl!

Below are several pictures from the archives of Johannes.

Bob De Moor explaining how they worked on the “Lake of Sharks” animation film.

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Bob De Moor draws Thomson and Thompson.

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Bob De Moor explains how he draws Tintin (you can see the ear of Snowy already).

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Bob De Moor’s drawing in the Golden Book of Mülheim.

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