Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Guest Editor

Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Guest Editor

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It is my firm belief that anybody who can't read comics or appreciate cartoons had a deprived childhood. While they dutifully waded through Black Beauty or The Hobbit I was on another planet, swinging between skyscrapers or hacking through jungle, sometimes all in the same story. My head was in places my parents couldn't monitor and would have despaired at, enthralled by images that leapt off the page in a way words simply can't.

I grew up and discovered cartoon polemics that ripped into capitalism, sexism, militarism, serious stuff, but imbued with animation and passion. I found Real War Stories by Vietnam veterans whose voices were being denied, retellings of history from a people's perspective and comics about displaced minorities like Los Chicanos. It never struck me that 'cartoon' and 'comic' just meant funnies or caped crusaders. …

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