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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 2 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 6 days 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 1 week ago
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Graphic Novels that have powerful themes

It would be enticing to examine graphic novels that explore very powerful themes. "V for Vendetta" is a story that explores totalitarianism. These books could have important meanings that could potentially apply to the real world. These powerful themes can be based of off real-world problems such as government corruption. Whoever writes this can choose any graphic novel or comic book series they feel is relevant to today’s world.

  • There are so many graphic novels you could talk about, I'd recommend bringing some more focus to your topic. – SeanGadus 1 month ago
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  • I'm interested in writing on this, but I do agree with the revision note. Are you wanting the author to bring in works of their own choosing? Are you wanting a specific theme about power? – Matt Sautman 1 month ago
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  • Can you explain what you mean by "powerful themes?" – Stephanie M. 1 month ago
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  • I agree with the revision notes posted so far. While I definitely approve of this topic, I think elucidating a few more details would be helpful for prospective writers. Please expand. – Vishnu Unnithan 1 month ago
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  • This would be such a cool topic, but it's more of a massive concept than a single topic that a single piece can be written on. Even within some single graphic novels, there is tons of material to explore. What exactly do you mean by "powerful themes"? Things that are more political, moral questions, a discussion of sequential art as literature, ways in which the novels have affected the genre? – sk8knight 3 weeks ago
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  • Whoever does end up writing on this, could you create a top ten list? It would be nice to get an overview of what is out there. – Munjeera 3 weeks ago
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Gunnerkrigg Court: Nature, Magic, and Technology

Analyze the juxtaposition of nature, magic, and technology in Tom Siddell’s long-running (12 years so far) webcomic, Gunnerkrigg Court. How does Siddell allow these three to coexist, and how does he allow them to clash? Does Siddell favor any of the three? How are these elements connected to the two main characters/settings (Antimony and Kat, The Court and the Forest) and their respective flaws?
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  • I love this idea, just as I love the webcomic. A close look on the contrast between Kat and Annie and their respective strengths and friendship could be really interesting in this topic! – RachelSinclair 2 weeks ago
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Is Batman really a Superhero?

A superhero is defined as a "benevolent fictional character with superhuman powers." Batman essentially has no super powers. He can’t fly, run abnormally fast, or anything spectacular. There is clearly a very distinct line between Batman and what is defined as a superhero. On the other hand, he can perform better than an average human. Batman is a great character because people can look up to him and realize that its possible to be like him. It gives hope to the readers of the comics. He inspires the audience to believe that they can have a great impact on the world, even if they don’t have any super powers. Regardless of his impact on his fans, Is he really a superhero or not?

  • I would describe certain aspects in order to develop your topic further. – BMartin43 3 months ago
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  • Great idea for a topic. I think it depends on the criteria of the definition of "super hero". Finding a definite definition of the term might help to influence how the topic proceeds from here.I don't really think that there is a right or wrong answer to this question, but just depends on how you define super hero and other terms related to the character.Great topic! – SeanGadus 3 months ago
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  • He is 100 times better than a normal human. – KnowledgeFirstFinancial 3 months ago
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  • I think if you narrow the criteria so much for a superhero (i.e. superpowers, benevolence), it'll become harder to see a character like Batman as a superhero. Heroes like Batman blur the lines of good and evil. He certainly does good things for Gotham - cleaning up crime, stopping murderers, etc. - but he is also a vigilante that the police (the other "do-gooders") hate. He is very much human but is also created and thriving under special circumstances. He's a complex character and I think that definitely needs to be considered here, as well as a more definite definition of what exactly a superhero means, as suggested above. – karebear7 3 months ago
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  • In Watchmen there was a lot of distinction made between the costumed heroes/vigilantes' and the one 'superhero,' Dr. Manhattan. This prompt is mainly definition-based, so I might go into the word's etymology? 'Super' typically means above, literally or figuratively, so you could discuss the grounds for superiority? – m-cubed 1 month ago
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  • If a superhero is based on the willpower to kickass and save the world, yes, but if it's based on having super abilities then no. However, that brings into question Hawkeye - who, essentially, has no superpower. Can just kickass at archery haha. Same with Joker, he's just a maniac and super psychotic. This is a cool topic, for sure! If I was a DC fan I would totally try my hand at it, but I don't have enough knowledge about Batman! – scole 1 month ago
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  • Do you believe that any of the people that Batman saved from imminent peril would say, "Well, that was nice. But he isn't a superhero, he's too rich." IN a way, I think that your strict definition of what makes a "superhero" might be pigeon-holing your argument quite a bit. For past generations, the mutant human with super strength or the ability to fly may very well have been the norm for what makes a superhero- as you stated, with "superhuman powers." IMO, Batman doesn't fit your definition as a superhero, he REDIFINES it. In a modern, capitalist world, someone could easily become a "superhero" strictly through financial means. – AndyJanz 4 weeks ago
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  • There's how we define the "super" part of the word, but there's also how does one define a "hero". Is a hero a literary hero, someone who follows particular narrative arcs, someone who upholds a particular morality, or just the protagonist of a work? Are they a hero because they save people, or because they fight crime? Then are emergency response personnel and police also their own type of hero? – sk8knight 3 weeks ago
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Comics 2016: A Year In Review

This is more so a piece regarding what comics happened last year and what comics are rolling into this year. Say "Paper Girls" and how the storyline is going to go from the ending of the series. What comics were good that are hopefully (or already are) better than last year. It’s not a year in review, as much as it’s a year in review and how it’s going to bleed into 2017.

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    The Political Standpoint of Southern Bastards

    This one is self-explanatory if you have read the comics, but it made me think of this article as a reference: (link) The political standpoint of where we are now, or where we have been in the past and how Southern Bastards connects to that. You can talk about how certain characters are treated in the comics and compare it to the real world and how things are going currently. There are so many standpoints you can make politically within this comic even certain storylines as well. I would love to see an analysis piece about this and how comics are closely based on real life at times.

    • http://www.businessinsider.com/southern-bastards-comic-review-2015-6 – scole 2 months ago
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