Tintin and Comic Books

Hi guys, here are the questions for this week. Please do the readings on Blackboard and choose one to respond to.

  1. In what specific ways is Tintin a forerunner of late 20th – 21st century transmedia storytelling franchises?
  2. What is the alleged connection between Hergé’s early comics and propaganda?
  3. How would you characterise Hergé’s politics, and how did they apparently change over time?
  4. What issues do his albums raise in terms of representation of ‘race’, and particularly ethnic and cultural stereotyping?
  5. How decisively did Hergé address this issue from The Blue Lotus on, and in what ways did it remain problematic? Why should we care today?

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