Devotion & Religion as Comics

Posted Posted in Canon, Comic-Con, Comics, Comics Studies, Pilgrimage, Religion, Religion & Comics

During a discussion on Elizabeth Coody’s “The Tangled Relationship Between Religion and Comics,” I mentioned in passing (more a misspeak than anything else) the idea of religion as comics.  Rohan then took this and developed it into a real concept.  I’d like to take a moment to explore this concept further. One initial thought I […]

And God Saw The Nerd Life Was Good

Posted Posted in Comic-Con, Comics, Comics Studies, Pilgrimage, Religion, Religion & Comics

In The Tangled Relationship Between Religion and Comics, Elizabeth Coody presents four ways in which religion and comics intersect.  These forms are (1) comics as religion, (2) comics in religion, (3) religion in comics, and (4) religion and comics in dialogue.  Additionally, what would also be interesting to explore is how comic book fandom relates […]

Ever Evolving Cinema & Evolving Comics

Posted Posted in Comics Studies, Film & Comics, Film Studies, Hollywood Cinema, Religion & Comics, Third Cinema

Towards the end of her article, The Tangled Relationship Between Religion and Comics, Elizabeth Coody says that because “many comics are part of subculture, they get away with questioning powerful religious mores and figures in a way that films with their large budgets and political studios simply cannot afford to do.”  While this may be […]

Christopher Reeve as Superman in Superman (Donner, 1978)

Symbol & Anti-Symbol

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DC both presents a polytheistic worldview with a pantheon of deities, tasked with guarding the world.  Darby Orcutt, in his essay “Religion and Comics: Theoretical Connections” uses Clifford Geertz’s definition that of religion as “a system of symbols.”  What are superheroes if not symbols? Consider, for a moment the classic Superman phrase as said in […]