In recent years, American conservative media has been exercising a distinct anti-comic book agenda. Whether its Fox News taking pot-shots at the new Sam Wilson Captain America or Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel, it appears that the self-proclaimed guardians of the so-called “moral majority” have it in for the funny books.
Today, Breitbart’s David Randall decided to call out American universities for their inclusion of comic books in some of their curriculum. Randall cited their use as an example of the falling academic standards in such institutions and the lack of maturity of their students.
“Colleges are admitting large numbers of semi-literate students who – POW! ZAP! – can’t read much more than comic books.”
What Randall fails to point out is that we are now decades removed from the point where comic books moved beyond the “biff-bam-pow” age. Comic books today touch directly on issues of great concern to society, and this is not a new thing. Since the days of Contract with God and Maus, comics have evolved into a medium like any other, suitable for telling stories of every genre. The depth of story depends solely on the creator or creators who put in the work.
The nature of Randall’s argument aside, to denigrate an entire art-form purely to score political points is just sad. It immediately alienates anyone who has respect for the medium, a demographic which industry research suggests is growing by leaps and bounds every quarter.
Someone forward a copy of the memo to Mr. Randall: comic books aren’t just for kids, and they haven’t been for a long, long time.