I Speak About Bondage
May 10, 2007 12:20 AM
Here is something that many of you have probably never had to experience: going in front of a classroom and talking about bondage. That's exactly what I did on Monday evening for my comic book class. I had to give a brief five minute presentation on my paper's topic, which was on the influence of bondage in comics.
Most of the other people who talked were so boring. One guy talked about Neil Gaiman's Sandman and it made absolutely no sense. A lot of people were going beyond the 5 minute limit. While everyone else spoke sitting in their chairs, I literally got up and spoke in the front of the class. People have no balls these days.
Nobody in the class ever expected for me to present this topic, it was kept a secret (only the professor knew). So I went to the front, opened my Powerpoint and said "I did my paper on the influence of bondage in comics." Boy did that get a few smiles and chuckles. I talked about how bondage used to be so prevalent in comics, but now it is a rare thing. I showed them how the decreasing Wonder Woman bondage over the years correlated to the decline in comic sales. I concluded by saying that "we don't live in the era where a woman can be tied with dignity."
You see i genuinely believe how women are portrayed in comics can affect sales. Women in comics today are frightening, just look at Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman in 2007 is virtually unstoppable. In the 1970's she could easily get knocked out; I just added a whole bunch of Wonder Woman head KO's. I mean, what happened between 1970 and 1990? All of a sudden, we have to shoot a woman in the spine in order to prove that she is "strong". That was basically the thesis of my paper. Interestingly, one of the co-instructors for this class is a comic writer (for something called "Phantom Jack"). I went up to him and said "you should do a bondage cover." He's like "nah, no".
For this site, I updated the comics database. There are some good Wasp KO's that Dave recently alerted me to. I need more Wasp KO's, she is one of the best Silver Age damsels in distress.
I added three more video clips, all thanks to alerts. See, alerts actually work. You just have to try it to believe it.