Episode 291 - The philosophy and politics of comics

Oct 3, 2016

This week's Quackcast is brought to us by Tantz Ariene! Tantz is a very political creature, seeing as she comes from Athens which is pretty much the birthplace of politics AND philosophy, that's hardly surprising. Clever Tantz in her tantzglasses, dudeman Banes, and me,Ozoneocean all talk about this interesting subject: what are the politics and philosophy involved in YOUR webcomic? Even though we don't realise it, there's ALWAYS politics of some sort in a comic, as well as philosophy. If your writing is pretty clever you might have multiple political view points in your comic and a whole range of different philosophies! Consider something as basic as Peanuts. Those characters have all sorts of political viewpoints! Peppermint Pattie is very forthright in her feminist views, but she's also pretty left wing, Lucy is rather domineering and and right off centre in the way she thinks, Charlie Brown is a bit of a fatalist blank slate for the audience to project themselves onto, Linus is a quiet intellectual… etc, I don't know, it's been years since I've read Peanuts! Gimmee a break! In superhero comics it's the same; most of them are pretty right wing, libertarian, individualist sorts of characters- Batman for example, Iron man, etc. There's a good argument for Superman being somewhat more Socialist since he's an ordinary man with an ordinary job most of the time and works out in the open for the good of all humanity, while Batman is a super rich guy most of the time and when he's doing hero stuff it's usually smaller scale vigilante type stuff against people who threaten his city, or commerce in his city like thieves and the Mafia. Try it yourself! Examining the politics and philosophy of your OWN characters as well as classic ones is pretty interesting. Gunwallace's theme this week is for Krasnosvit, a subtle, careful, fairytale theme, inducing you into the dark forest strangeness of Krasnosvit.

Topics and Show Notes

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Epic of Blitzov - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Epic_of_Blitzov/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com />Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Tantz Aerine - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Tantz_Aerine
Genejoke - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Genejoke/

Featured music:
Krasnosvit - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Krasnosvit/ by MadMindInk, rated T

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anonymous?

Gunwallace at 12:18AM, Oct. 9, 2016

It was a pleasure to make a theme for Krasnovit. Glad you liked it.

ozoneocean at 12:34AM, Oct. 6, 2016

Glad you like it! Krasnovit is a very cool comic! :D

MadMindInk at 4:59PM, Oct. 5, 2016

This was a lovely surprise! The music really sets the mood for the comic intro =) Thank you!


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