View Full Version : If you taught an introductory course on Comic Books as Literature...

03-26-2011, 04:38 PM
...what works would be on your reading list and why?

03-26-2011, 05:05 PM
Eisner, Kirby, Steranko, Kurtzman, Watchmen, Maus, We3. Probably some foreign stuff like Tintin and Moebius.

Tobias M
03-26-2011, 05:06 PM
A course on how comics recycle popular ancient mythology perhaps? The varying appearances of Thor/Hercules for example- Sandman and the Marvel series with Kirby Krackle for the former and then the rapist figure from Wonder Woman as opposed to the avuncular playboy from Marvel again. Then you've got the likes of Mike Carey following Gaiman's lead and pitching all mythologies from multiple culture sharing a universe, so in Lucifer the title character must defeat a multicultural 'Ragnarok'.

Seeing as Biblical myth has been squared off as just another sequence of legends (although tacitly), the use of demons and angels in comics raises its head, from Jesse Custer's quest for God in a godless world all the way down to the tone-deaf plagiarism of William Blake in Spawn.

Chris Jones
03-26-2011, 05:24 PM
Dash Shaw's Bodyworld would be an amazing example of masterful sequential storytelling as only comics can do them.

Will Eisner's Dropsy Avenue for classic Eisner pacing and composition, along with the rich, heartbreaking story.

Osamu Tezuka's Apollo's Song for the mythic, sweeping, tragic story encased in a "cartoony", kinetic veneer.

Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Preacher for straightforward, no-bullshit longform sequential storytelling at its finest.

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, for all the various Watchmen-y reasons everyone is already aware of.