I was excited when I spotted the Tin Tin Comics section at Harris Bookstore. The soft cover ones cost about S$14 each, and S$13 if you have one of those discount cards. But be warned. Tin Tin written 70 years ago, as expected, is extremely politically incorrect and I find quite blatantly racist. I was very uncomfortable about how they talked about ‘mad people’ in relation to mental illness, in reference to The Blue Lotus. It also was blatantly racist against the Japanese and I felt uncomfortable at how Asians were depicted as servile. I think the racism is even worse in the one about the Congo which is now in a legal battle to be banned. But that’s what makes old books fascinating – they tell us how far we’ve come since then and the raw reality of those difficult times, the time of Imperialism and World War II. I also found them surprisingly quite violent with guns and knives, but then again Tom & Jerry cartoons were super violent. As a child I saw these in my primary school library, but I found them a bit too hard to understand and not very appealing. The boys in my class lapped them up. Most of the characters in one of the comics I read, are male. I must say, Snowy, the wire haired fox terrier, is the most appealing.
I also spotted an excellent series of manga by a Singaporean writer. It was lovely to see parts of Singapore in illustrated in comic form.
Right next to Harris is HMV. There’s a book section at the HMV and the prices are pretty good if you get two. I miss Tower Records which used to be in Singapore and they had a whole book store as well. They closed back in 2006 after 13 years here. Now Borders bites the dust.
Thought the T Shirt Chart was a nice addition.
Tin Tin DVDs.