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Is the appeal of Groot unique in the superhero genre?

In the midst of latex suits and end-of-world-scenarios, Groot is an anomaly. Why would ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ writers give Groot a character arc which parallels stages of human development, including infancy? Arguably, his presence allows the compassion to be revealed in other characters and also, completes the idea of a family structure in Guardians. Are there other characters who play this role in other branches of the Marvel/DC universes?

  • Just going to leave this right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGAQuxSuTi4 – ProtoCanon 1 week ago
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  • He is a classic gentle giant. His death in the first guardians really caught many viewers by surprise. – ivyskiss 3 days ago
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Exploring the dynamics of the relationships in Sunstone

For a comic that’s ostensibly about lesbian bondage sex, Sunstone manages to say a lot about relationships. It looks into all kinds of relationships, be it romantic, sexual, familial or friendship and does a great job of showing how each is important in its own right.

Of special interest might be its exploration of the transitions from one kind of relationship to another as seen in friends becoming lovers and returning to being friends and finding that to be an incredibly special bond and also the struggle that the lead characters face in moving from a "friends-with-benefits" relationship to actual romance.

  • Add some of a focus to this - it should pass the "So What?" test for both a writer and its future readers. – mazzamura 3 months ago
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  • I haven't read this at all, but whoever picks up the topic should be sure to stress in the early parts of the article (or even the title) that it's commentary on various kinds of relationships applies to men too. I mean, obviously, but just as a note so the demographic of the article isn't instantly lessened by people feeling like they can't relate. – Slaidey 3 months ago
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The Comics Code Authority: How censorship has affected the history of American comics

How has the Comics Code Authority impacted the development of American comics? Despite the fact that this is no longer a concern in the industry, does the history of having that organization and the way it affected the medium still show in comics published today? Maybe a comparison with European comics would be helpful here.

  • It'd be great to see examples of current comics that would never fly under the rule of the Comic Code Authority. I'm sure there are ridiculous examples, just like how TV shows had many rules in the '50s like "No man and woman can be shown in the same bed." So they'd show the wife in bed under the covers and the man sitting on the side of the bed with both feet on the ground. It certainly impacts the storytelling, and the "work arounds" are quite fun to learn about also. – Nate Océan 5 months ago
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  • Comics were since the birth more or less in Italay and Asia, meant to be scurrilous, primitive, stink of ink, trash, and don't say that as elitist, or meanly, as there has always been a subject in the Italy that crated comics, down to a topo eras before uncle Walt and a red caped strong man named machete writing for by dannunzio, that comics should be surrounds and awful and great. Dante called his book a comedy, and writes in the language of street people, wives and pimps. I am tired of everything being literature even and especially when it is nothing close. Be pulp if youd like,there is nothing wrong with that. – Antonius865 3 weeks ago
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Are comic book events becoming mainstream?

For years, both Marvel and DC Comics have been publishing annual comic book event series that promise big stakes in order to generate revenue. However, this trend is becoming too common and these events can be hits or misses. This article would examine the pros and cons of comic book event series and detail examples that have been praised or reviled by readers.

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    The resurgence of comic popularity

    For the past few years, the popularity of comics have surged. Statistically, in 2015 comics and graphic novels sales topped $1 billion, including print and digital. Why is this? The rise of cinematic universes such as the MCU and DCU is one obvious answer however, looking deeper, there are other reasons. First off, has accessibility contributed? With different apps providing libraries of comics for a subscription-like price becoming increasingly popular, is print dying down? Then there is services like Netflix showcasing original series like all the marvel ones or Riverdale, each having comics as source material. Will these new forms of accessing comics hold the popularity rate? Or will it die down again only to be re-birthed in many years?

    • Superheroes resurge in popularity during rough times. http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/books/03/18/superhero.history/index.html?iref=24hoursJust like musicals. In the times we live in right now, I guess we could all use a little song and dance as well as faith that somehow we will get through. – Munjeera 3 months ago
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    Comic book artists putting in hidden meanings in comics

    Recently, X-Men Gold #1 was criticized for how it had hidden religious, political meanings in the art. The artist responsible was fired because of it. This article would examine other comic book artists who faced a similar situation and the consequences of their actions.

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      Wonder Woman and Sailor Moon; The Parallels between two classic feminist superheroes

      With the Wonder Woman live action film on its way, many people might be excited to see one of the west’s greatest superheroines come to life…but let’s take a second to compare and contrast Diana Prince to another superhero from the east: Usagi Tsukino.

      • It would also be important to look into the importance of the age on the differences and similarities between them – marvellaforever 7 months ago
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      • I would also add how different the worlds both characters come from are. – BMartin43 4 months ago
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      Feminism and World-building in Monstress

      An analysis of Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Monstress (or the first handful of issues at least) and how they build a world that seems to be very female-dominated, and what that means for gender relations within the comic. Are strong female characters in a world that is predominantly made up of women still good role models, or are they less effective without the men to act as a contrast? Is Maika a good feminist role model, or at least a good realistic female character?

      • The world is changing so much that women are dominating most important post in various establishments, they still need men though. My point is women are not ranked low now like years back. – asdfg46 5 months ago
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      • I would also examine other comic book series where this is the case and see how they compare to Monstress. – BMartin43 4 months ago
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