The Adventures of Tintin Comic Series Gets an NFT Remake
Iconic NFT series Tintin is getting some NFT remake. The startup Crossmint, a blockchain applications infrastructure provider, partnered with Tintinimaginatio, a company founded to promote and protect the works of Tintin creator Hergé, for the release of a Tintin NFT collection, the first such collection for the comic series.
Also involved in the project was the blockchain company ArteQ. The Tintin collection features the illustration “The Blue Lotus” created by Hergé in 1936 and which was auctioned in early 2021 for $2.8 million.
The Tintin NFTs can be purchased from the Digital Tintin website. Payments are made via a familiar credit card checkout rather than cryptocurrency wallets. Crossmint integrated its credit checkout solution to encourage mainstream non-crypto-native users to dip their feet into the world of Web 3 and NFTs and help power the mass adoption of this technology.
The NFT collection will provide two variants of “The Blue Lotus” NFTs. These will include a limited-edition print work of which only 777 copies were created and a completely digital NFT which is also available in a limited amount of just 1,777 pieces.
Each of the Tintin non-fungible tokens contains unique features such as the geographical coordinates of Tintin’s travel locations. The NFTs also pack utilities that users can unlock such as early access to the new versions of “The Blue Lotus” book before it is published as well as exclusive passes to the Hergé museum.
Users who buy “The Blue Lotus” Tintin NFTs will also get a digital brochure of Hergé’s that was exclusively created by the famous Hergéologist Philippe Goddin. In the brochure, buyers get a comprehensive look into the development of the Tintin series and the artistic vision of its creator.
You can buy “The Blue Lotus” NFT collection via the Digital Tintin website. Crossmint offers a flawless payment option via credit card. Integrating the NFT purchase process with the Crossmint credit card checkout solution also enables mainstream and less crypto-savvy buyers to easily buy the NFTs. This could, potentially, power the adoption of NFTs among the mainstream non-crypto-native market.
Crossmint sees the launch of this NFT collection as an opportunity to bridge the gap between the mainstream non-crypto-savvy traditional art connoisseurs with the Web 3 art market, as represented by non-fungible tokens. Crossmint aims to abstract the complexities of crypto through its platform for users and companies to trigger mass adoption. The company sees NFTs as “the future of art” and is keen on taking NFTs to a new customer base.
Crossmint’s other partner in the Tintin NFT project is arteQ, which specializes in offering tech support, consultation and strategic marketing for blockchain technology projects.
arteQ has already been involved in the rollout of other NFT projects such as “The Kiss NFT Collection” by Gustav Klimt- Official Museum Edition of the Belvedere.
About Tintin Comics
The Tintin comic character was created in 1929 by the Belgian cartoonist Hergé. The series takes the reader through the adventures of a Tintin, a young Belgian reporter along with his dog Snowy.
The adventures of Tintin occur in a number of exotic locations where he uncovers secrets, solves mysteries, and fights villains. The Tintin comics were extremely popular in Europe and were translated into over 70 languages. Tintin remains a comic masterpiece and icon among European comic fans with its popularity extending into other parts of the world, including in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
The Belgian cartoonist Hergé started drawing Tintin in 1929 and subsequently created 23 comic books that featured the character. The quintessential Tintin series had intricate plots, detailed drawings, and meticulous research. The comic books were widely read by children and adults alike and were, in many instances, used as learning tools in schools. Like Batman, Tintin grew into a cultural icon and inspired TV shows, movies, and a theme park.
However, the comic book series was not without controversy. Early Tintin comic book releases were criticized for containing racist and colonialist undertones with some characters from certain locations portrayed in a derogatory manner. Later on, the cartoonist revised some of the stereotypical and racist portrayals and got rid of some of the content deemed as offensive by critics.