Post 1 – Dylan Koury – Analyzing Political and Social Messages in Comic Books

Two weeks ago I attended Boston Comic-Con, which I attended for two days. This is the third year I have gone but the most involved I have been at the convention. I spent my time visiting the writers and artists and inkers of comic books which I believed to have an important place in the social and political world today.

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Drawing Outside the Lines: A Cultural Study of Comic Books as a Medium for Socio-Political Thought (Abstract)

In the 1950’s, the Comics Code Authority was established in the United States with the goal of protecting children from controversial content in comic books. As a result, comic books gained a stigma as a “childish” medium from which it is still trying to escape. Franco-Belgian comic books, or bandes-dessinées, not only never received that level of censure, but actually developed a reputation as a legitimate art form early on. Therefore, the history of these two schools of sequential art demonstrates cultural perceptions of an “openness” in Europe that the United States fundamentally lacks.

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