09 April 2012

Extra Credit: Evolution of Comics

Comic Book Confidential by Ron Mann is a movie that focuses on the evolution of comics and shows how they have persevered throughout the years. In the beginning superheroes were created to catch the attention of comic readers, they were created because the public felt they could relate to them more than normal leaders. Figures such as Captain America, Superman, and other heroes were created  to promote patriotism during war. As the years passed on superheroes lost their fans when comics that targeted a different crowd began to emerge. Comics that focused on weird and eerie tales were being mass produced. The comics weren't targeted for kids, although kids contributed to the fan base. Adults had a problem with these comics after a 11 year old boy murdered a women, the brother of the child blamed the awful comics. After this incident, comics were then monitored and unless comics were censored they could no longer be produced. Any comics that had horror weird, or terror in their titles were not allowed to be sold. The censoring of comics led to underground comics which brought back the true thoughts of the creators, they could produce what they really wanted to. A lot of the underground comics had crude content. After the underground comics came the creation of "mad comics", these comics focused on being extremely funny and satirical. This style of comics caught on and is evident in comics over the years. Even now in the year of 2011, comics are still a prominent piece of art and literature and will continue to be throughout the years.

Comic Book Confidential is similar to Scott McCloud in his second book Reinventing Comics. In Reinventing Comics McCloud writes about the relocation of comics from the ghetto to another  mainstream location and compares comics and there boarders to that of a globe. In Comic Book Confidential it speaks of how comics have been challenged with many different things and still have managed to get past them. Comics go through small peaks where their fan base is high and then it drops back to low, this is similar to how comics are in the ghetto and then break out, then are  put back again. Just like McCloud's book, Mann shows that as long as comics are around, they will find a way to locate an audience, all around the globe.

1 comment:

  1. Not a bad post; just proofread a little closer ;-)