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Comics A.M. | Belgian court won’t ban Tintin in the Congo

Tintin in the Congo

Legal | A Belgian court has rejected a five-year-old bid by a Congolese student to have the 1946 edition of Herge’s Tintin in the Congo banned because of its racist depictions. “It is clear that neither the story, nor the fact that it has been put on sale, has a goal to … create an intimidating, hostile, degrading or humiliating environment,” the court said in its judgment. Bienvenu Mbutu Mondondo, who launched the campaign in 2007 to ban the book, plans to appeal. [The Guardian]

Publishing| John Rood, DC’s executive vice president of sales, marketing and business development, discusses the results of the New 52 readership survey, noting right of the bat that it’s “not indicative of the actual system wide performance,” which makes you wonder what it’s good for. He has some interesting things to say about bringing back lapsed readers and the demographics of DC readers in general, though. [Publishers Weekly]

Oni Press

Publishing | Oni Press turns 15 this year, and in a comprehensive article, Rich Shivener looks at how the indy publisher has grown and matured over the years. Fun fact: More than 90 percent of Oni titles are creator-owned; in fact, Shivener says, “the company’s only intellectual property is its new logo.” [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | Ojingogo creator Matthew Forsythe is profiled ahead of the launch party for his followup book Jinchalo. [The Montreal Gazette]

Creators | Joelle Jones talks about living the artist’s life in Portland, Oregon, and her work on Dark Horse’s House of Night and Oni’s Spell Checkers, and she teases a new project that sounds amazing: a horror comic written by Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun). [Multiversity Comics]

Comics | Former Marvel editor Nicole Boose, who works with Mark Millar on some of his creator-owned works, weighs in on the announcement that he is writing a children’s book. She also comments on the general problem of superhero comics for kids — or rather, the lack thereof. [GeekMom]

Marvel's 1984 house ad for New Mutants

Comics | Kevin Czap explains his fascination with Bill Sienkiewicz’s 1980s run on Marvel’s New Mutants: “These stories combine the wildness and beauty of The Sink’s drawing, his layouts, and his punky character designs with Chris Claremont’s melodramatic method acting and eagerness to expand the palette of representation in mainstream American comics. All to show us a bunch of kids trying to figure out who they are and what they’re supposed to do.” [Comix Cube]

Comics | Noel Murray gets nostalgic for Mego’s Micronauts toy line, which brings him to the Marvel comics series by Bill Mantlo, Michael Golden and others: “He [Mantlo] processed elements from Star Wars, Jack Kirby’s Fourth World saga, and assorted ’70s science-fiction and fantasy novels into an entertaining little epic, with heroes who squabbled and sometimes had a dark edge, in keeping with Bronze Age trends in adventure comics. Mantlo even found a way to spotlight Mego’s Micronauts vehicles and accessories along with the characters — some taken from the toy line, some original. He delivered the monthly 18-page toy commercial that Marvel undoubtedly promised Mego, but he also created a series with its own integrity, such that even after Mego shut down and the toys left the shelf, The Micronauts remained a going concern.” [The A.V. Club]



Ah, the Micronauts. Will we never see a Micro-Omnibus?

I can sympathize with the Congolese student’s plight on that above case but truth of the matter, Herge (may his soul rest in peace) had no whatsoever malicious intent of maligning other races nor promoting hatred amongst races. His second book is a product of his times–colonialism for the Westerners was prevalent and the so-called “White Man’s Burden” mentality amongst colonial officers and travelers were implicitly or outwardly a norm for them. Herge was part of that zeitgeist but nevertheless, evolved and matured as times passed by. He saw to it that this controversial book never reprinted during most of his lifetime. Yet alas, after his death or so, Tintin in Congo was republished by his estate. I am aware what the colonizers did to the Africans in general in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the effects of neo-colonialism on the peoples. But still Herge had never mention in public, more so with his works, of creating trouble on the basis of racism.

I bet most people (at least Americans) have never even HEARD of this particular comic before now.

Now this idiot has caused attention to it which will make people seek it out now, to see what all the fuss was about.

Good job, Bienvenu Mbutu Mondondo! :-O

You’ve now helped to create the problem you were trying to prevent…

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