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David Boring - By Daniel Clowes - Creates a story – recovery of older narrative forms – 3 act play – father’s comic - David’s history – and his father’s history - Clowes speaks to the making of art and the valuing of artifice (deception) over realism - Possibility? Believability? - Detective story -> solutions to mysteries? - Clowes says it needs to be read carefully three or four times - Images and notions and words in your head that mix together and create linkages between each other - Writing david boring was very similar to reading a detective story – where you have these clues you need to put together - Putting all of the randomness of the world together - Clowes says: “I don’t like to manipulate the audience unless its in a very sadistic way, where they are not rewarded in the end” – we may find all the pieces to the puzzle but when we put it together does it make a recognizable picture? - Realist world - Constant straining away - Coincidences - Pulp fiction / B movies - Fantasy / Fairy tales - Wordplay - Self-reflective narratives - Special emphasis is given in whole series of illustrations to girls’ buttocks – love of the butt may lead to rigid fetishistic tendencies in fantasy or actual life – from psychoanalysis and Rorschach studies there may be a relationship to early homosexual attitudes Truth Serum - By Jon Adams - Contrast between hero and villain – powerful contrast between the two is that they have strong similarities – their different approaches to dealing with the same dilemma despite being so similar are especially important – inside of these similarities, instructive differences become most clear - Conventions of the superhero genre - Imitated? - Overturned? - Active and effective? Or: o Passive and bumbling? o Petty vengefulness o Casual cruelty o Arbitrary intervention - The quality of the realistic hero as an outsider - Marvel heroes were the other – marked exotic ethnicity – relevancy was encoded in idea that anyone who looked or acted out the way marvel’s heroes did, would be regarded as freaks by all the straights – Christopher sorrentino - The book is basically about the everyday life of superheroes – what a town would be like if superheroes just lived normally together - Lester’s company’s closing is autobiographical to a company shutting down in Jon Adams’ life – they shut down over night, owed money and took art - Optical illusions adds throughout the book – saying something about reality? - Lester fictionalizes the lives of “superheroes” to create “lies” - Likewise, Adams fictionalizes, or satirizes, the comics industry to expose its lies, thereby asserting: 1. That the comics industry is beholden to formulas and 2. That all there is, is superhero ideology (pages 8-10) - Does the superhero have a social function outside the comic book? - Superhero in a fictional world? - Superhero in the reader’s world? - How are superheroes “ideological constructions” in our own world? - Does this superhero ideology translate into the social realm? - Miller: superhero is no longer a representative of popular consciousness but instead is a questioning of popular consciousness – superhero is still around though -
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