Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Run-Off Election

Behold. From the makers of "What's Better: The Book or the Movie?," "Who's Stronger: Hulk or Thor?" and "What's Colder: Pepsi or Coke?" now comes another great moment in the history of critical analysis:

"Politics and Comic Books: Should the Two Mix?"

Comics industry veteran and current Papercutz editor-in-chief Jim Salicrup about nails it in his reply:
Would anyone ask if film and politics should mix? Or literature and politics? Comics as an artform can be anything, and there's no reason to impose limits. One can also argue that politics exists in all fiction -- comics, prose, film, etc. -- and it's virtually impossible to exclude.
Everyone else polled for the article kinda sorta seems to agree*, but the author, Benjamin Ong Pang Kean, still gets it wrong when he takes a stab at summarizing his findings: "So, yeah, the general consensus is that comics and politics should mix."

Well, no, it's not. The "general consensus" among the, erm, three people quoted in the piece up to that point, if anything, is that comics and politics, do, in fact, mix all the time, and, as Salicrup points out later on in the article, have probably been doing so for as long as there have been comics to begin with, and so the question is really a little bit behind the times.

*) Everyone but Bluwater Productions boss Darren G. Davis, that is, who not only agrees, but also seizes the opportunity to stress, in many words, that he is, as a matter of fact, just doing it for the children.

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