Comic book Historian John A. Lent noted that: "The first book in English specifically to explore philosophical inquiries about comics is Comics as Philosophy, edited by Jeff McLaughlin, which deals with aesthetics, ethics, truth, ecocriticism, existentialism, Platonic dialogues, superhero deconstruction, and environmental ethics."
"Kochikame" 1976-2016: Nostalgia in Japan's Longest Running Serialized Manga
Japan's longest running manga, colloquially known as Kochikame, drew to a close in September of this year after 40 years of uninterrupted weekly serialization and sales of over 155 million copies. Illustrator Osamu Akimoto's (b. 1952) loveable police detective Ryotsu Kankichi represented the loveable rascal who was constantly focused on making money even while displaying a big heartedness that endeared him to readers.
I intend to look at the graphic novel The Silence of our Friends, written by Mark Long and Jim Demonakos and illustrated by Nate Powell. The story takes place in Houston, Texas during the civil rights movement and follows John, a white television reporter, Larry, a black activist, and their families. The book is based on a true story. I intend to explore the rhetoric of the book, both within the world of the comic and between the comic and the reader.
Will Eisner’s Technical Comics: The Problematic Role Model of Connie Rodd
When discussing non-fiction comics and its implementation in technical documents, Will Eisner's PS Magazine work must be discussed. When looking at his work a problematic role model appears adorns his early artwork and writing: Connie Rodd. Eisner drew Connie in problematic ways that makes modern readers feel a slight queasiness. She was somehow both a pinup girl and a feminist: in charge of every situation, master of mechanics, and—when it came to clothing—unable to obey the laws of gravity.
Super villains don’t generate the same sort of excitement as super heroes. Look at how many monthly titles or graphic novels are devoted exclusively to the super villain. None, although the Suicide Squad might be considered
“You Can’t See Me!": Batgirl and the Call of the New Woman in the 1970s
As the second wave of American feminism began in the late-1960s, one of the issues that the “New Woman” found most troubling, was that men could not see them as individuals, but rather as only their traditional roles as wives and mothers and/or objects of sex.