Sunday, November 11, 2007

Comics as Neoconservative Talking Points?

The American Prospect, a politically liberal magazine, recently published an article by Julian Sanchez entitled "Revolt of the Comic Books." In it, the author argues that all too often the mechanics and practicality of American superhero comics tend to fall into the worldview of so-called neoconservative Republicans - knowingly or unknowingly, the author seems to be saying. It's certainly food for thought for self-avowed liberals like Mister Fanboy. However, we can't seem to buy into the author's final analysis. Perhaps that's because we don't think everything is as cut and dry as the author contends, or as we argued vehemently with our high school American literature teacher, not every author has an agenda; he or she may be just writing a good story. (However, we're not so naive to think that personal opinions don't become part of an author's work on purpose or otherwise either.) Either way, the article provides much food for thought. Found via Blog At Newsarama.

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Blogger Julian said...

I should stress that my argument is for why superhero comics will tend to end up reinforcing a neocon worldview even when the author has no agenda, and often despite the author having the opposite agenda.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Fanboy said...

Thanks for making that clarification for us. Your argument is certainly one, that as we ponder many of the stories we comics fans hold dear, is beginning to carry more weight as we consider it. Thanks for taking the time to comment on our little ol' blog. Congrats on making the cover.

5:54 PM  

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