Wisconsin Public Radio featured two comic scholars (Gene Kannenberg, comic scholar; former Chair of the International Comics Art Festival and author of ComicResearch.com and Alex Buchet, American-French comic lover and scholar) as they talk about the international known comic Tintin.
Tintin is the most well-known comic character worldwide, comparable in popularity only to Mickey Mouse. Tintin’s adventures lead him and his readers to such places as China, the Congo, America, and even the moon! But through time and history, Tintin and his Belgian creator Herg’e have not been spared by controversy. Accused of such a serious charge as racism, Herg’e was forced by history to review some of the depictions of the places Tintin visits. So how has Tintin changed over time? And what explains the enduring popularity of Tintin?