And yet the more you think about it the more complex it becomes. Why do adults still want to read about superheroes? Maybe it's just a question we don't like to ask of ourselves but Kleefild has rolled up his sleeves and written a book about the subject entitled Fanthropology. And because this is the age of free stuff on the internet, he's serialising the whole thing on his website. It's definatly worth a read for tackling issues such as why we all have different ideals for each character (it's to do with the space between panels).
Wednesday 19 January 2011
Go Forth! Become a master of Fanthropology
Although there are a few works on the science of reading comics - most notably Scott McCloud's excellent book Understanding Comics but also examples can be found online - Sean Kleefeld is looking to go one step further and answer the question: who reads comics and why? Given that reading comics is about what happens next to Spider-Man as much as exploring the Nazi Holocaust my first thought was: different people read different books. Some people respond to storytelling through imagery and some people are just hooked on soap opera heroics.