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Comics A.M. | Vatican newspaper decries limits on Tintin in the Congo

Tintin in the Congo

Comics | Calling Tintin a “Catholic hero,” the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano took strong exception to the decision by U.K. publisher Egmont to sell the controversial Tintin in the Congo with a protective band around it — or, as the paper says, “wrapped up like a pornographic magazine and consigned to the adults-only section” of bookstores because of its portrayal of racial stereotypes. If you’re going to do that, the editorial argues, why not ban Boy Scouts, which were founded by notorious eugenicist Anthony Baden-Powell? “But then, he was English,” the paper snidely concludes. [Agence France-Presse]

Digital | ComiXology confirmed Tuesday that the Comics by Comixology app will be available for Amazon’s Kindle Fire when it goes on sale next week. ComiXology CEO David Steinberger said the company is prepared for the smaller screen size the Fire has, compared to the iPad: “Ah, well we’re lucky there, because our Guided View reading technology was designed first for a very small device — the iPhone — long before tablets became the norm. A great comics reading experience is one of the core reasons we’re so successful, and it translates great to all devices, from small to large. The Comics by comiXology reading experience is the same on all platforms, so it’s going to be very familiar to our fans. You can toggle in and out of Guided View with a simple double-tap. The Fire has a great screen, and for those pages that have lettering a little too hard to read, Guided View is a fun way to get in there and see the details.” [Chicago Sun Times]

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente

Awards | 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago is a finalist for the CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year, presented by Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine. [Flog!]

Publishing | ICv2 has a lengthy interview with Seiji Horibuchi, the founder and CEO of Viz Media, the largest manga publisher in the U.S. Horibuchi reflects on the boom in manga sales in the early 2000s, the recent slide in sales, and the pressure on manga publishers to move to digital format. [ICv2]

Creators | VICE interviews R. Crumb about his drawing for a New Yorker cover, showing two people of ambiguous gender and a confused marriage-license clerk. The New Yorker paid Crumb for the drawing but decided not to run it on the cover. [VICE]

Orchid #2

Creators | Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and artist Scott Hepburn talk about their Dark Horse series Orchid. [The Blog From Another World]

Creators | King Features editor Brendan Burford and creator Norm Feuti have been blogging about bringing Feuti’s comic Gil from webcomic to newspaper syndication. Their most recent discussion involves bringing a difficult character into conformity with the boundaries of the comics page. [The Road to Syndication]

Creators | Robot 6’s own Michael May talks about writing the webcomic Kill All Monsters. [Panel Bound]

Comics | Burlesque performer Roxi D’Lite talks about her appearances in Eric Powell’s The Goon comics: “Eric Powell first contacted me a few years back on as part of his research for an earlier issue of The Goon. I had never heard of The Goon or Eric Powell so my first thought before seeing his work was that he was some amateur living in his parent’s basement drawing funny pictures of naked ladies but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I asked around and everybody’s was like, ‘What!? The Eric Powell?’ I learned he is a multiple award-winning artist and a titan in the comic industry, but even without knowing that his work speaks for itself. It was an honor being contacted by him and he has become one of my favorite artists. We hit it off and he invited me to perform at The Goon’s 10-year anniversary party in Nashville and we’ve been friends ever since.” [Metromix Detroit]



this political correctness idiocy needs to STOP.

It’s gone so one has to buy the individual issues of Captain Marvel Adventures to enjoy the ‘monster society of evil saga’.

Yeah, giving half a darn about not hurting people’s feelings, what nonsense, cut that out immediately.

It’s not perfect, but hey, anyone who wants to read that particular Tintin story can still get it, and people who don’t want to see that sort of thing in their Tintin stories are given an extra heads-up as to what’s inside.

I’ll say Ms. Brenner!

Or how about we ban all parodies of the prophet Muhammed because some cartoonists vital organs might be hurt!

Then again, wasn’t Shakespeare a racist as well? Methinks nobody burned any Othello’s yet.

Roquefort Raider

November 9, 2011 at 9:05 am

The ridiculous depiction of Africans or the wholesale slaughter of animals in Tintin in the Congo is so entrenched in its colonialism era mindset that no one should seriously be offended by them in today’s world. They should be considered as an example of how embarrassing some outdated views were, yes, but not as threatening. Do people who object to it also cry in anguish when watching old Tarzan serials and their cohorts of cannibals? What about Fleisher’s Superman or Popeye cartoons, with their caricatures of evil, long-toothed Japanese soldiers? Who can take these things seriously enough to take offense, and to demand that measures be taken to limit their distribution?

Ignoring the whole Tintin argument, what is the deal with Comixology on the Kindle Fire? This essentially makes DC’s exclusive deal 100% useless. So now their books aren’t in Barnes and Noble for no reason, that’s sure to boost Christmas sales. Is there anyone on Robot 6 who can straighten this out? Why sign an ‘exclusive deal’ if they were just going to get Comixology anyways?

First, I don’t believe that a Tintin comic should be wrapped up and consigned to the adults-only section. That is idiocy.

But (and there is a HUGE but), it cracks me up that the Vatican has the nerve to play the champion of free expression. The goddamned Vatican, the “condoms-are-evil” Vatican, the let’s-hide-all-the-sexy-stuff Vatican.

The hypocrisy is immense. Organized religious groups obviously are not interested in free expression, only in free expression of things that are on “their side” of the cultural war.

George the Archon

November 10, 2011 at 2:38 am

One small correction: That’s Robert Baden-Powell, not Albert.

Cheers all,


George the Archon

November 10, 2011 at 2:44 am

And of course, having made a (polite, I hope) correction, there’s an error in it!

You had Anthony, not Alfred – my error, and my bad.
Lord Baden Powell’s first name is still Robert, mind you. :)

Thanks for the correction, and thanks for the followup!

Also, Robert Baden-Powell was NOT a “eugenist”. He was a British General at the time, the “hero of Makeking”.

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