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Sunday, July 15 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Comics Arts Conference Session #15: Politics, Economics, and Ideology

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Marc Singer (Howard University) examines representations of corporations and branding in Grant Morrison's comics, looking at the shifts in Morrison's depictions of corporate power and identity in The Invisibles, Marvel Boy, Seaguy, and Batman Incorporated as well as Morrison's work as a corporate consultant and "brand guru" and his controversial comments about corporate-owned superhero characters and creators' rights in Supergods. Jason Tondro (University of California, Riverside) examines the Superman of Morrison's Action Comics as a liberal superhero. Is this Superman liberal, and is the project successful? Karma Waltonen (University of California, Davis) argues that Mark Millar's Red Son asks us to consider whether a superhero (or by extension a supersoldier or superweapon) should ever be in a national hand, subject to any prevailing ideology or border-defined grudge. The book's ending blends both the USA and the USSR into a utopia, giving the majority of the world's citizens an amalgam of socialism and capitalism, and combines Luthor and Superman, exploding the dichotomy of hero and villain as the planet is aligned in a post-structuralist, post-nationalist paradigm.

Sunday July 15, 2012 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 26AB

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