30 June 2009

I hate cancer

Our Cancer year by Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner is definitely not your typical comic book. It is a very emotional and sad comic that tugs at the heart strings. It's not everyday that your going to read a comic that deals with such a serious issue as cancer or death. As a consequence this comic book is not going to be read by your typical comic book reader, the 15 year old boy, but by a completely different audience altogether. A comic book like this can help many people deal with the pain of cancer in the family. The pictures and story help them realize that it is ok to feel certain emotions. The crazy part is that this is not the typical job of a comic book. Not very many people would think to look for a comic book for comfort and support on such difficult issues. Normally, it is men in tights fighting crime to save the world. It is comics like these that hopefully make the world aware that comic books are an art form not to be taken lightly.

3 comments:

  1. I have to agree with you about this reading not really appealing to the "comic" reading audience. I believe that if people want to read a novel or romance story they would never turn to comics for that confort. Although it is a different approach to somfort and support, using a comic.

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  2. Jesse and Caroline, you both raise an excellent question! If the kind of audience who would read this (i.e. not fanboys) would generally be more interested in "real books," then how does this book even have an audience? Well, Pekar had already been writing his life in his American Splendor series for years, so he had time to cultivate a small but loyal audience. But aside from that, the fact that Pekar was not writing about superheroes but the stuff of "serious literature," pulled in readers of those "real books." Now, these readers are some of the most intelligent people working in comics, trying to push them (whether they realize it or not) towards McCloud's 12 Revolutions!

    In any event, don't forget to summarize, Jesse!

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