War Is F**king Awesome! Comic books come to life…

Ohio University College of Fine Arts,  School of Theatre is presenting an original piece, War Is F**king Awesomeat Elizabeth Baker Evans Theatre, May 9-12, Tues May 15-19 @ 8p.  FREE to all STUDENTS due to the generosity of ARTS FOR OHIO ($10/$7 for the rest of us).

The Vampire Cowboys was started by OU Alum Qui Nyugen and Robert Ross Parker and they are back here at OU courtesy of an 1804 Grant.  The WOUB Music & Arts write-up offers a nice article with background on Qui and Robert and how this all started way back when.

War is F**king Awesome is the story of Unity Spencer, a young female warrior who finds herself fighting in every American conflict from the American Revolution to present day and onward.  The company’s work is not only wildly entertaining and viscerally theatrical, it is also politically and socially aware work that often gives voice to under-represented minorities and women in slyly subversive fashion. (ArtsforOhio Blog)

Just to give you a little more chatter on this production, Athens Speakeasy Magazine writer Chealsia Smedley talks to Director Robert Ross Parker, “It’s kind of like Captain America meets South Park.”  Parker and his co-creator Qui Nguyen bonded over their love of comic books and action while they were in the theater school at OU. After school they went to New York and soon decided to build their own company where they could do theater their way. “Theater is often so limited; we’re kind of into car chases, explosions and trash-talking teddy bears.”

After you see this production, you may have a taste for comic books or graphic novels  Comic books, strips, etc is the subject term for comic books and this link will take you to a variety of titles.  Graphic Novels is another term that can be used to describe visual stories, along with manga and anime.

Robin Brenner in an article in Horn Book Magazine answers some FAQ’s on both genres (1).

What’s the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel?
Most simply, length. A comic and a graphic novel are told via the same format, officially called sequential art: the combination of text, panels, and images. Comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels are in this sense all the same thing, but comic books stretch a story out to about thirty pages, whereas graphic novels can be as long as six hundred pages.

What are some common misconceptions about graphic novels?
Comics and graphic novels are for kids. In reality, comics never were just for kids. Even in the 1940s–1950s Golden Age of superhero comics, there were crime, fantasy, and science fiction comics intended for teens and adults rather than children. However, due to the hullabaloo started by psychologist Fredric Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent (1954), which drew a tenuous connection between juvenile delinquency and comics, comics’ content became watered down. Many adults are still under the impression that the format automatically means juvenile content—but as the average age of a comics reader is thirty, this is certainly not true.

(1) Brenner, Robin. “Faq.” Horn Book Magazine 82.2 (2006): 123-125. Literary Reference Center. Web. 13 May 2012.