My love for Tintin extends to my very early youth. My respect and love for Herge continues to this day. When deciding on a colour scheme for Simpleton, I settled on the colours used for Tintin in some of his earlier adventures. I always liked the way he was depicted in stories like “Les cigares du pharaon”. Instead of using a young heroic look for the character that I wanted to create, I opted for an older, chubbier figure and not typically heroic. Tintin was recognized for his hair and I made sure to make my hero bald. I didn’t want his white socks to be showing, I felt the reference would have become too obvious and distracting. Still one could say that Simpleton developed, in part, out of a reaction to Herge’s drawings of Tintin.