Leading Language of Comics (A Peek Into My School Assignment)

Dear readers, This was an assignment of mine which I had to complete over the week. So I haven’t actually submitted the thing to my teacher which is why, this is just half or 1/4 of the work. If you want to read the whole thing, please e-mail me or whatever AFTER the weekend. And let me know what you think. The topic is Leading Language of Comics, where I discuss the use of illustrations and text and whether the leading language is actually the text or the language. Oh, and I also discuss female character portrayal in comics. This work was supposed to be written in the format of a BLOG! 🙂 As always, happy reading! Sincerely, Sujana.

…Last week, I spent my weekend watching the Spider-man Trilogy (the original from 2001) as well as the Amazing Spider-man series. And I have to admit, the original ones were definitely better, considering the fact that Spider-man is kind of goofy and awkward in the Marvel comics, unlike the Peter Parker portrayed by Andrew Garfield. The fact that superheroes are actually just like us in reality, highlights authenticity of superheroes. Hence, I think being goofy and weird is totally fine because there is a hero inside all of us. So after watching the movie adaptations, I decided to also read the comic version. But before that, I developed a notion to research on what comic-readers find appealing so as to help them communicate with the intense plot of the story that has 100+ issues published every year….

…The reason why comics are so interesting is because images and texts go well together, but simultaneously, this is also the reason why they are known as “childish”. However, there are other type of comics, where only illustrations are present…like the Greek Myths. So is it really mandatory to have texts in a comic strip? Not exactly. Because, to create a cartoon, you only need characters, plot and setting (and also a creativity mind). Even while looking at pictures that aren’t even related to comic strips, your mind starts to analyze what’s going on or what’s happening, right? However, texts came into comics to support the narrative, to create dramatic sequences, provide more emotion, and assist the plot by making it more electrifying…Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 10.59.03

…However, female character portrayal in comics is quite disappointing. Even if a superhero is female, she is portrayed as overly sexy with her revealing costume. They are strong individuals, but not as strong as men.Screen Shot 2014-12-06 at 12.12.57An Exceptional case is this version of Ms. Marvel

Let’s take a look at Wonder Woman from the DC comics, shall we? She was introduced to the world full of male superheroes in the 1940s in hopes that she would inspire young girls when it had been a time difficult for women to fulfill their roles of being strong and independent individuals. Despite the inspiring beginning to Wonder Woman, she eventually became the opposite of what was initially expected of her. Even the better selling “girl comics” from the 1940s usually have a short print run than the mainstream action comics. Now I think the publishers has it wrong here, by not focusing on what we female comic readers want. We just want entertaining stories that do not demean women in needless sexual art. Even if they have unrequited love to deal with, that is totally fine, because let’s face it, we know unrequited love. We just hope that the publishers will stop objectifying women and eradicate the portrayal of female characters being the “weaker ones”…ஐScreen Shot 2014-12-05 at 23.07.51


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