After talking with the professor I realized I was trying to force a specific argument that doesn’t reflect the object fact of edgy graphic novels. Controversial graphic novels are very much on the edge and not mainstream. I guess as a person who doesn’t really (yet) follow or read many comics or graphic novels I don’t have that good of an idea of main trends. when I came across Saga, I figured it was a comic book, and that this new and interesting series must be popular since it interests me personally. After consideration, I realized last post that it definitely belongs to the realm of graphic novels. My bias on assuming it must be popular if it is controversial is something that I realized I tend to project into a lot of my writing. On one hand, this is a weakness because it taints my credibility. On the other hand, it can be good since it provides me a convincing style since I, myself believe in my argument so much I can be really good at persuasive voice, even if I’m not as good at connecting the facts to my original argument.
After receiving commentary from the professor about my topic choices, I’ve decided to go with my first choice, feminism in Saga. I chose this topic solely based on the cover of the comic having a breastfeeding mother on it, which is something new and shocking to many readers with respect to comic book covers. Looking into volume 1 of this comic itself, I found some very sexualized and borderline offensive content, which would take careful consideration to analyze objectively. Because of this, I narrowed my topic to focus on the representation and vulnerabilities of feminism of the main female character, since that would mean focusing on her child bearing and breastfeeding. These thoughts also bring up the issue, where is the line between graphic novel and comic book? I guess this book I would consider to be a graphic novel, since it is less targeted to the youth which in my mind is the traditional comic book/superhero audience.
To begin the task of finding a topic to write a 10 page paper on, you’d better think of something you can talk on and on about. My brainstorming process began by choosing 3 possible research topics that hit home for me in one way or another. For class, which has a central theme of the American Dream, my topics include 3 different ways to talk about diversity in today’s comics. My first choice is how feminism and the vulnerabilities of womanhood are represented in the relatively new series Saga which has a breastfeeding woman on the front of one of its covers. My second choice has to do with gender classification/ transgender actualization in Americans’ minds through comic books, specifically transgender representation of HIM, the villain in the Powerpuff Girls. My third choice is having to do with modern body image and fitness representations, namely Mr. Incredible of The Incredibles whose body is purposefully less “perfect” than the traditional male superhero.