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The Joy of Comics
While the ever
expanding and changing world of media might provide for temporary
adjustments in how we consume them, comics and story papers will
always be with us. They provide joy for people of all ages. Whether
it is a superhero coming to save the day, or a vibrant social
commentary, there are many different types of comics that brighten
Some might chronicle and lampoon the behaviors of Parliament. They
may poke fun at our celebrities and wealthy elites. Ultimately, they
are the delightfully vulgar outlet of powerfully talented artists.
An historical look at comics shows a consistent relevance to the
social issues of the times. For example, World War II saw an
explosion in comic readership. These story papers chronicled heroes
dealing with the complex issues of a war torn society. They brought
light from darkness. There was much about life to be communicated to
children, and comics are often a great way of incrementally
introducing some aspects of life that are a bit difficult to
Public servants and notorious celebrities are often critiqued in
one-panel satires. This is a tradition that has lived on for
centuries in one media format or another.
While some may fear that the internet and digital media are a threat
to the comic, this is an unfounded claim. Comics will live on
forever. Digital media will bring about differing business models,
probably based in ad revenue funding rather than the sale of print
media, but ultimately these artists will find a productive outlet
for their unique skill. The need for the lighthearted poke, the dark
satire, the dramatic social commentary, and the bubbly cartoon for
children will always exist.
So remember, as you consume these comics and story papers today, you
are supporting one of the more important of the contemporary arts.
While it may be underrated against the deep shadow cast by the works
at the National Gallery, these cartoons will always maintain a
degree of social relevance, and a boldness not found in the "high
arts." Bless the comic, one of the great artistic institutions of
Comics - probably the largest choice of
Comics in the UK!