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Tintin and the Blue Lotus

Should we burn Tintin?

The Tintin series is, arguably, at once one of the most beloved and one of the most criticised comic book series of all time.

Read these two articles on instances of racism in the Tintin series:

(Warning: these contain potentially disturbing images.)

And for a more nuanced position, read the following article:

Because comics are so closely associated with early childhood experiences of reading, dreaming, and adventure, adult readers tend to be hugely conflicted about them.

Can you think of other comics series you enjoyed as a child that, when you reread them, strike you as shocking?

Do you think there is something about comics as a medium that might make it particularly prone to problematic representations of different races, sexes, classes, etc.?

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