Why I Love Comics

 

Comic books are an art used as a forum for social commentary. They show us what we should value in ourselves and our relationships. The characters within the pages of the medium can teach us the greatest aspects of ourselves: integrity, honesty, and strong moral ethics. These are the values that we should all strive for as conscious global citizens.

The art form of comic books gives us a pure freedom of expression. We can become anything that we wish within the panels of the art. We can imagine a world full of people who care and help others for the greater good. We can imagine a world of heroes, or ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Within the pages of comics, they teach us that with great power comes the even greater responsibility of knowing when to exercise that power. If only for a brief moment, these heroes show us that good can triumph over evil. Developing a forum for imagination and expression, comic books speak to the values of our individual moral principles. They help connect us to something bigger than ourselves.

In addressing the human condition, comic books give us a platform to ask the big questions. Questions such as: what motivates our actions towards others, and how do we maintain strong and healthy relationships with others? It helps us to reflect and broaden our opinions about the global issues surrounding us all. Important issues like racism, sexism, and discrimination are brought to the forefront and acted out within the colorful pages and stories told through the medium.  Their dialogue can be controversial, and thought-provoking.  They teach us to not judge others because of the way they look or act.

They can also just be fun, or help us to escape the realities of our lives. A neglected child may seek refuge within the pages of his or her favorite superhero, or comic book character.  This child may strive for the actions best exemplified by their favorite hero to help deal with their own life and reality. A comic book’s message can be inspiring or enlightening, but often never boring. Their settings may be a small town in America, or a different world all together; however, through their stories and messages we can see the similarities tying us all together.

Comic books have taught me the greatest aspects of being human, because the medium is authentic.

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6 Responses to “Why I Love Comics”

  1. Matt R. Says:

    Oh Vex. I should dig out my comic collection. You’d be thrilled, it’s a side of me you’ve never seen before I bet! Marvel, DC, hardcore, etc. Slash Maraude anyone? Original 12 Watchmen? Lots and lots of Avengers. Maybe tomorrow I will take some photos for you. This is how I spent my youth between 8 and 14. Another box of Mad magazines, too. All stored properly in plastic, etc.

    I always like DC more than Marvel, that might piss you off a little.

  2. paulvex Says:

    hahh that’s okay matt-matt! marvel is better, but i’m not pissed. When i started reading comics i started with Batman then quickly realized that Marvel’s characters are much better!

  3. M. Trushinski Says:

    I just finished ‘The Contest of Champions II’ featuring the appearance of deadpool. I have to say the thing I missed most about comic books is when they cause you to sit back and go ‘wow, that is just so damn cool’. That feeling of being impressed by how smart, witty, dangerous, or brutal a character can be on the page.

    I agree comics offer a chance to analyze important questions. How do you feel about the X-men franchise using metaphorical parallelism to Nazism? Discrimination, fear caused by misunderstanding, and the different approaches to conflict seem to be part of the storyline. And I believe Xavier and Magneto are both holocaust survivors (but correct me if I am wrong, you are the expert).

  4. paulvex Says:

    Hey matt t, yeah i agree the feeling you get from reading something that makes you feel “wow, that is just so damn cool” is a great aspect of comics. That’s why the medium is so amazing, I’m glad you’re enjoying the deadpool series. So many too read, of course deapool’s appearances in Wolverine titles are always memorable as well. Try searching from some of those issues, i believe he makes a pop up in Wolverine Origins issues # 21-25 or something.
    To answer your other response, i believe the original x-men series was about racism and discrimination, basing your judgements on the way people look. I believe Stan Lee and Jack Kirby wanted to comment on the polticial scene in the 1960’s in terms of segregation. There are also elements of Nazism with Magento being a survivor of the holocaust, only to do the same thing with non-mutant humans later on his character’s storyline, interesting stuff! phewww im spent

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