Thursday, April 26, 2007

Funny, what colleges teach these days

Today, the Seattle P-I printed an article discussing a course at Seattle Central Community College called "sequential art", which means comics and graphic novels. According to the article, it seems that this instructor finds an opportunity to address how comics are often used to address social and political concerns.
In a recent lecture, Rifas discussed one of the most famous graphic novels, Art Spiegelman's "Maus," which tells the story of the Holocaust with Jews depicted as mice and Germans as cats. He noted the number of Jews killed each day during World War II and how that compared with the daily casualties from the Iraq war and the recent killings at Virginia Tech.

It would be interesting to know how the numbers were compared and what numbers were used. It would also be interesting to know who was deemed responsible for the number of casualties in Iraq. It is already clear who was responsible for the casualties in Europe during WWII and for the casualties at Virginia Tech. Is someone being compared to Hitler and Cho? I thought this was a course on comics. Sounds like a bad joke to me.

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