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Cosplay Rising: from sub-culture to pop-culture
Look at the rise of cosplay in modern culture, and speak to this once dark convention niche. Speak to key influences (Big Bang Theory, cosplay models, rising comic/gaming culture, etc…) and hypothesize how cosplay has become more accepted (or not) compared to what it was even as early as a decade ago. I would also recommend including social media and outlets like Imgur and Reddit as influences. Conclude with an educated opinion on whether cosplay is here to stay, or whether it would eventually shrink back to subculture status. This topic is categorized as comics, however modern cosplay taps: gaming, movies, literature, anime, and much more.
Alfred Pennyworth: Overpaid Slave?
Alfred Pennyworth, known to most as "Alfred", has been a longtime servant of the Wayne family. At his father’s dying wish Alfred decided to carry on the family tradition of serving the Wayne family, which has taken him on a whirlwind adventure as a butler to not only Bruce Wayne, but to Batman as well. Batman fights crime in it’s many forms, however it appears (from time to time) that Alfred is little more than a slave to his masters wishes. The web of secrets he must keep has, on occasion, robbed him of his free will. His master’s activities have also forced Alfred to compromise his personal wishes/ethics more than once. Discuss the relationship between Batman/Bruce Wayne and Alfred. Is Alfred a free man?
Where did all the Good Heroes Go?
Modern comics highly regard the anti-hero as the new go to stereotype. Gone are the days of shining knights, and in their stead stand deeply flawed "heroes" who are thrust, most unwillingly, into roles that beg them to save the day. Conduct a comparison between heroes of old and modern comic heroes, and determine whether there is a place for the old "white knights" in modern comic franchises.