For the past 365 days this has been my business card. I’m currently at the Hong Kong International Airport, ready to go back to United States for the first time in a year, and the fact that this has been my job for the last year still seems surreal. Over the past year all over the world I have given this card to many strangers, followed with “No, Seriously.” I don’t know how I would explain to my nine-year-old self, reading Tintin for the first time, that one day he would get paid to pursue a year of travel based around those comics. Frankly, I don’t know how I explain it to my today-self that I ended up devoting a year away from family, friends, job interviews, and overall stability in the name of a dead Belgian man’s comic.
To say this has been my dream job would somehow still be an understatement. For making my beyond dreams come true, my gratitude towards the Thomas J. Watson foundation knows no limits. Through this year of constant travel I’ve learned an immense amount about myself as well as Tintin. I’ve also made friends that will last a lifetime from all corners of the globes, many of whom made what could have been a year of geeky loneliness much less lonely. And to the readers of this blog, thank you so much for your support and likes and comments and e-mails. It’s hard to feel crazy when you have such a wonderful community interested in what you are doing. Thank you all so much.
As for the immediate future, I have a lot more to write on this space when back in the United States. There are interviews, translations, pictures, videos, and a whole bunch of Tintin thoughts left for me explore. Just know that while the writing will be global, I will be doing it from the relatively stable confines of California. Also, I have another big project in the works that I will announce soon enough as well as my ongoing monthly column on The Hooded Utilitarian. In sum, as long as you are willing to keep reading, there will be no shortage of writing coming from me.
Nadim Damluji. Tintinologist.