Once Upon a Whatnot Wednesday

‘Tis the season.

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and Comics Kingdom is decking the halls with a special Holiday Collection that’ll make your spirits zing faster than sleigh bells on Christmas Eve!

The Comics Kingdom Shop has an assortment of ornaments, mugs, posters, and clothing with Holiday themes.


It is also the season for the good list of films eligible for Oscar consideration.

A record 33 animated features are eligible for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category of the 96th edition of the Academy Awards.

Cartoon Brew has the list.

The feature animation category is a one-and-done voting process and won’t have a shortlist like the animated short Oscar category. The five nominees in the category will be selected directly from this list by members of the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch.


Onto which list goes the new Tintin editon?

From Agence France Presse via Barron’s:

There has been a mixed response from anti-racism groups over a newly modified version of the Tintin comic books, after it was widely criticised over its colonialist depiction of Africans.

“Tintin in the Congo” by Belgian comic strip artist Herge, the second volume of “The Adventures of Tintin”, was first published in 1931.

The new edition, launched in November together with two other books in the Tintin series, carries a preface explaining the colonial context of the time.

It also contains tweaks to the story. At one point, Tintin teaches an African child mathematics, whereas in the original he teaches the child that its home nation is Belgium.

“This volume goes back to a time, that is thankfully over, where it was acceptable to consider blacks as inferior,” said Patrick Lozes, founder of CRAN, a federation of anti-racism associations.

He welcomed the addition of the preface, which he said went “in the right direction”.

The preface, written by Philippe Goddin — head of the Friends of Herge association — is mostly concerned with defending the record of Tintin’s creator in terms of racism.


I owe you all an apology – apparently there was a second issue of Trump NFT Trading Cards I missed hearing about and so didn’t inform TDC readers. But I won’t let you pass up on the chance of getting the third set.

From Mediaite:

Former President Donald Trump has been pushing trading cards featuring his likeness that made it very clear how he and his followers see him.

If you buy more than $4,600 worth of digital cards — that’s 47 cards — you will get an actual physical one OR (maybe) a piece of the suit Trump wore during his Fulton County arrest (“Value: Priceless”) or even (perhaps) a private dinner at Mar-A-Lago! But prospective buyers of these aspirational trading cards should be aware that they may not even get them. Business Insider reports that despite this irresistible offer of marginally real stuff, there are also terms and conditions…

From The Hill:

Former President Trump unveiled new digital trading cards Tuesday, calling them the “MugShot Edition.”

“Due to the great Excitement and Success of my previous TRUMP DIGITAL TRADING CARDS, we’re doing it again – The MugShot Edition, available RIGHT NOW,” Trump said in a Truth Social post Thursday.

These card like the others are by artist Clark Mitchell and are available at CollectTrumpCards.com.


The Guardian reports:

An acclaimed nonfiction graphic novel about Gaza, which pioneered the medium of “comics journalism”, has been rushed back into print after surging demand since the fresh outbreak of the conflict two months ago.

Palestine, by Joe Sacco, was originally released in comic book form by the American publisher Fantagraphics 30 years ago, then published as a single volume by the company, and by Jonathan Cape in the UK in 2003.

Although now considered a masterpiece of the form, when it was initially published in nine issues no one knew what to make of it.

Not everyone thinks the new edition is a good thing. Avi Green from Jerusalem writes:

The UK Guardian, a very bad MSM outlet themselves, published a puff piece about Joe Sacco’s GN titled “Palestine”, which was intended as anti-Israel propaganda, and is now seeing new print, clearly for the sake of obscuring the Hamas’ savagery on October 7, and pandering to the crowd of creeps supporting them.

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4 thoughts on “Once Upon a Whatnot Wednesday

    1. It should be painfully obvious by now he doesn’t have the money you think he does. The only thing keeping him afloat is his worshippers.

  1. Palestine – I own the 2003 Omnibus. I think it does a pretty good job of showing how Jews and Arabs were parted in the mandate era.

    Trump NFT – Ah. Trump’s a Borg! Explains a lot!

  2. Tintin in the Congo was first revised when it was republished in 1946 to match the later art style; the lesson plan was already changed in that edition. Herge made some more changes in the seventies, when the Scandinavian publisher objected to scenes of animal cruelty.

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