KEY: top row, L-R: CCA logo; EC Comic cover, 1954; Comic book censorship czar Charles Murphy, 1954; first issue MAD magazine, 1955; Robert Crumb, Ooga Booga, 1968; Crumb, Joe Blow, ca. 1969; Crumb, Genesis Illustrated, 2009; Art Spielgelman, Maus Vol. II, 1992; Spiegelman, Maus, Vol. I, 1986; Frank Miller, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, 1986, Superman, Curt Swan & Sheldon, artists, Moldoff/Jerry Siegel, writer1961; Doctor Manhattan from Watchman, Alan Moore, writer/Dave Gibbons, artist, 1986.
Selected other topics and themes to discuss: Cindy The Tattooed Sunday School Teacher see: Mack White; blacklisting by The House Committee on Un-American Activities (HCUA); Underground Comix; RAW magazine; comics and mythology, see Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces.
Now’s your chance to contrast, compare and critique the entire spectrum of the comic book world we explored. What thematic connections can you make between the work presented in the Art in 2010 class and this class, featuring Michael Bonesteel? What are your reactions to one or more of the specific works presented by Bonesteel?
NOTE: DEARTS encourages debate and argument. However the pre-requisite is courtesy and respect for one another. The debate about Mr. Bonesteel’s presentation demands you put forth your point of view thoughtfully – and avoid making personal attacks. You may benefit from re-reading the criteria for our grading of blogging, posted under Key Info. One part of the criteria is under the heading: “Other factors that can increase the number of points awarded a comment”: The blogger brings up a topic that requires some courage or bravery. For example, the writer disagrees with another writer and does an excellent job debating the point. Second example: the blogger brings up points of view that others might find difficult including aspects of race, gender, sexuality, etc.
In class Mr. Bonesteel and I continuously used the word satire. The word was also posted on the screen. Please do not place any comments to this post unless or until you have a thorough understanding of this word. From the DEARTS glossary: satire (1) The use of ridicule, irony, or sarcasm to hold up to ridicule and contempt vices, follies, abuses, and so forth. (2) A work of literature that uses satire. Also from the glossary is irony: The use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning. One more, from the glossary: misogyny: please look it up. Any comments posted that don’t reflect an understanding of these terms will be graded downwards.
NEW/ SUNDAY AFTERNOON: Unexpectedly I see Mr. Bonesteel added his voice to yours in this post. Prior to making a new comment be certain to read his comments. fyi: If it didn’t get said in both classes: Bonesteel teaches semester long classes about Graphic Novels and Comics. As mentioned, he teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was able to give us a less than 2 hour peek at these complex forms of art and the decades of history behind them. Please feel free to respond to Mr. Bonesteel’s words. Also: don’t forget the links above to relevant topics Bonesteel and I presented to you.