Orientalism and Comics.
For this subject we learnt about different types of genres in comic books from political democracy to superhero comics. We examined different examples of comics and learnt of the delineation of comics into different ages, by critics and fans, examining their history from the Golden Age 1938-1950, Silver Age 1956-1970, and the Bronze age, 1970-1980s and finally the Modern Age 1985 to the present day. I then carried out research to establish the basis of Orientalism, by reading Edward Said’s definition who said: ‘My real argument is that Orientalism is and does not simply represent a considerable dimension of modern political/intellectual culture and as such has less to do with the Orient than it does with ‘our’ world.’ Then by visualising the characteristics, styles artefacts and traits of different varieties of characters and cultures particularly Superheroes. I methodically researched to understand one’s perception of a Superhero and their origins. Following that we then did an exercise of doodling our own fictional superhero character adding features, peculiarities etc. Then we presented it to the rest of the class. Furthermore, we discussed the analysis of different forms, structure and visual language as well as style techniques of a narrative sequence of comics depicting caricatures.
I also looked at the English novelist George Orwell’s celebrated article on ‘Boy’s Weeklies’ which Orwell used to point out episode’s and trends of colonialism and racial stereotyping within boy’s comics of the 1930’s and 1940.
With that in mind that I examined the linguistics of Orientalist concepts of a comic, starting from one place to another area of a country’s drawing from Europe; manifesting great community to the riches and old colonies to the West in a style of Eastern subjects or Western style comics also to Asia, showing a representation of an abstract style of monolith and homogenous structure.
I’ve also identified different narratives accordingly, representing cultural and racial stereotypes of each race and also depicting caricatures for example. Thus having viewed the narratives, the following examples of fiction comics that were examined were Franco-Belgian graphic novel Lieutenant Blueberry, a western,that was later made into a film. ‘Le Monde d’Edena (The Aedena Cycle), by French graphic artist Moebius was initially conceived as a project for French car manufacturer Citroen. Also, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Allan Moore and Kevin O’Neil, which could be termed post-colonial. Another example of a comic that was studied was the Asterix series of comics. This was full of racial stereotyping of the worst kind and reflected the mind-set of the author, Herge and people generally in the 1930’s. We examined the subject matter and communicated to the class the racial stereotypes of each sequence of the sequential narrative.
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