Presents us with a vision that is far less comforting than messages we receive from traditional
Truth serum – how truthful are we?
What is the social function of superheroes? What do they do for us? Do they have a role outside of
o Social symbolism
How are superheroes “ideological constructions” in our own world?
o Does this superhero ideology translate into the social realm?
Adams is not only parodying Golden Age superheroes
Miller: superhero is no longer representative of popular consciousness
o But a questioning of it
o “superhero” is still around though
Ware: kills off superman (dysfunctional parent)
Cotter: transition out of the superhero phase, and mature
Adams: (almost) paradoxically deepens moral questions
o No superheroes at all, becomes totally regular people
David creates story
o Involves a recovery of older narrative forms (3-act play, father’s comic)
o David Boring itself is told in 3 acts
o Uses his father’s comic to figure out his life
DB as about creating
o David’s history and father’s history
o Meditation of the act of creation itself
Clowes speaks to the making of art (the book itself) and the valuing of artifice over realism
o The tension between artifice and realism
o DB presents a realistic book
o At the end, he just wants to talk about art
o All the stuff that happened in BD is possible
o But are they believable?
o The tensio