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Another Side of Tintin

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Yesterday, my nephew, Bagus, had a unique birthday present from his siblings: complete series of “Petualangan Tintin”. That legendary comic was one of must-read book back in my childhood years. I remember every kids (around me) had read (or even had) at least one edition of them that days. But I think, in this era where mangas flooding on racks in almost every bookstores, this comic doesn’t attract kids that much anymore./

No, I don’t intend to compare that Belgian comic to that made-in-Japan book. I’m gonna share what I thought when I read one of those birthday present. After I looked at those series one by one, I found that there were three titles I hadn’t read. I never read them because those three were not published yet when I was little. Then before I went to sleep that night, I decided to take one of them as my pre-sleep reading. I chose “Tintin di Congo”. On the first couple pages, I felt this title will bring same excitement & laughs like the other series I had read before.

Instead, I found there was one fun fact in this book. The name of Tintin’s sidekick animal is MILO! I think every Tintin’s reader knew the name of the dog is Snowy. In this series, the picture of the dog, it’s size, color, even it’s foolness is exactly the same with the one called snowy, but Herge named it differently. In parts when Tintin already in Africa, some picture started taking my surprise.. and disappointment.

tintin in congo
First, there was fragment where Tintin hunted for his dinner. You know what? He killed 15 (fifteen!) antelopes for just one dinner!! OK, he unintentionally killed them. But I didn’t find any fun out of to see 15 dead antelopes which caused by a carelessness of “the hero”. I thought Herge might just want to make a “black joke” in that chapter. But for me, it wasn’t a good one.

Another one took place when Tintin tried to save Milo, which was kidnapped by an Africa monkey. You know what? Tintin then killed one monkey and scalped it, just to use its skin for him to make a camouflage! In this chapter, the author seemed want to make a joke out of when the kidnapped monkey looked confuse not realize that “a monkey” in front of him/her was Tintin wearing monkey’s skin as his camouflage. Again, I didn’t find any fun of it!

The third “joke” out of killing animal was when Tintin went to elephant hunting. Ok, he didn’t kill the elephant. An animal accidentally pulled the trigger of Tintin’s gun. But, it was him who intend to kill that elephant, right? I felt sad when I saw Tintin smiled proudly, carrying two ivories of that dead elephant!

After I finished reading it, I wonder why Tintin was so mean to animals. Did animal rights issue not concern the author much when he created it? Aside of message that human can have a good mutual relation with animal (represented by Tintin-Milo/Snowy relationship), why did Herge not send another good message about relation between human and animal?

Suddenly, I felt that edition was the worst Tintin’s comic I’ve ever read. I also felt grateful that edition didn’t appear when I was a kid. Or maybe the publisher, “Indira” did it on purpose knowing it’s content potentially streaked the good image of the famous journalist-adventurer? Hem.. Tintin, I know heroes are human after all. But to kill those rare animals is intolerable cruelty. I don’t think my love for you remain the same after I read that book…

6 thoughts on “Another Side of Tintin

  1. Nugi says:

    senangnyaaa..makasih yaa..

    –> Sama2 beb..

  2. fahmi! says:

    belom pernah baca yg congo juga, tapi ngeliat review ini, nggak tertarik mbaca itu komik. makasih.

    –> Kembali

  3. evelynpy says:

    woi…km nggak beli satu seri yang inggrisan jeng…sekarang tintin yang barat jarang banget ditemuin..dulu mah aku baca yang terjemahan..pas nemu yang inggrisan aku nyolong baca di TGA sambil sok bergaya gimana gitu soalnya takut di tegur sang mas mas

    –> Nggak. Dari jaman kecil dulu mah baca yg rada lebar, bahasa indonesia. Kalo sekarang kan ukurannya jadi rada kecil tuh.

  4. zee says:

    Tiw,
    Waktu gw masih di Biak, gw sempat kenal Tintin, tapi cuma sekilas-sekilas saja kalo lagi main ke rumah temen. Dan jg ketika gw pindah ke Medan dan suka main ke Jkt, gw sering lihat di rumah sodara gw. Tp gw gak pernah punya sendiri, soalnya gak pernah dibelikan bonyok, mungkin karena harganya termasuk mahal ya, udah gitu komik lagi. Apalagi di Biak, segalanya bisa 3x lipat dari harga normal. Jadi gak pernah kenal lbh dalam, hiks kasian yah… Cuma buku2 novel anak2 saja yg dibelikan sama papi saya untuk saya baca saat-2 liburan… **duh jd terkenang masa kecil hehehe…

    –> Hem.. Biak.. Jadi pengin ke sana. Eh tapi sekalinya saya ke sana bisa langsung bangkrut ya mbak? hehehe…

  5. iqs says:

    haha brutality of tintin.. Tapi yang waktu dia main ke indonesia lucu tuh, lost in translation gitu! Tintin cuma mampir ke Indonesia, tepatnya Bandara Kemayoran, di episode “Penerbangan 714”. Ceritanya, Tintin dkk terbang dari Eropa mau ngehadiri acara di Australia. Trus pesawat yang mereka tumpangi transit di Kemayoran.

    Ada juga adegan mereka terapung-apung di lautan dan pesawat search and rescue menghubungi Makassar Tower.

    –> OH ya..? Sumpah aku udah lupa banget sama cerita TIntin, padahal dulu punya lumayan banyak.. Nice info.. Thx ya be.. :)

  6. seno says:

    pake enggres semua. gak ngerti. *buka kamus sampe robek*

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