Yesterday one of my favorite reads, The Publics, posted a very interesting look into the resurfacing politics behind one of Tintin’s most exotic adventures, Tintin in the Congo. I won’t rehash everything written, as you should go and read the entry for yourself, but the gist is that as of late there has been resounding criticism directed towards this book due to its perceived colonial propagandizing, racist caricatures, and brutality towards animals. Tintin’s creator, Herge, was a Belgian loyalist, and as the nation was actively colonizing the Congo during this period, the implications of his words/imagery are hard to ignore. The image above is a part of a series done by South African artist Anton Kannemeyer for his Congo Parody series from 2008. Brutal and affecting, Kannemeyer pulls no punches in his interpretation of Herge’s work, and bluntly displays the racism inherent in the colonial system. Hit the jump for more from the parody, but be warned, the content isn’t for the faint of heart.