At today’s seminar we discussed five approaches to comic scholarship: sociocultural, ideological, auteurist, formalist and Industrial. In addition I investigated different mediums from textbooks and papers of a specified subject. I have also look at different segments of the form and structure in each chapter of the comic text dialogue strategizing the abstract form and dynamics of comic text. additionally each group was given a graphic novel by Will Eisner to critically analyse the approach of the five subjects. Our group was given The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. After learning and examining the structure of content of the graphic novel and reading the introduction by Umberto Eco we decided to focus on Ideology, given that this novel tells the story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a set of writings falsely alleged to have been written at a secret meeting of World Jewry at the first Zionist Congress in Switzerland in 1897.
These writings were actually written by a member of the Russian secret service who worked for Tsar Nicholas II. They have been used by Right-wing groups ever since including Hitler, and the Klu Klux Klan, and also Islamic Fundamentalists who profess that these documents are proof of a Zionist conspiracy to take over the world. Eisner dedicated the last 20 years of his life to prove that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion were a forgery. However, as recently as 2003, as Will Eisner reveals, in the Preface the Prime Minister of Malaysia distributed hundreds of copies of the Protocols, to workers in his political party.
As well as this we discussed the demographic stereotypes of the type of people one may encounter in a comic book store and in terms of the popularity of merchandise. To emphasise this, a record video play clip of The Big Bang Theory was demonstrated with the episode where the girlfriends and wives visit Stuart’s comic book store. I commented about at the gender balance and the fact that in 2017 It’s likely to be 50% men and 50% women who make up the customer demographic. It wasn’t always thus. Twenty years ago it was like to be 95% male. This also required informative questions that would suit the perspective research.
Eisner, W. (2006) The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. London: W.W Norton & Company
Will Eisner.com (January 2017) Available at:http://www.willeisner.com/library/plot.html (January 31, 2017).
Eisner, Eco, Will, Umberto. (Jun 2006,) (1996 – 2017) (January 31 2017) Amazon.co.uk. at:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Plot-Secret-Story-Protocols-Elders/dp/0393328600URL (31 January 2017).