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Sunday, May 30, 2010 

Nashua Telegraph implies Kubert's latest work is "jingoism"

The Nashua Telegraph, in their report on Joe Kubert's new graphic novel, Dong Xoei, that's based on the Vietnam war, have slipped in a little insult:
Kubert’s writing occasionally devolves into rah-rah jingoism, but overall, it’s an impressive research and development effort.
Tsk tsk tsk, they're using a bad word for patriotism, I see. I've seen that kind of propaganda used at least a few times before by the press when they review war stories like these, and it's not good. It only trivializes what's at stake in war and what the enemies are up to. And that's another reason why the customer base of mainstream newspapers is dwindling.

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What is sad is that considering the medium of comic books/graphic novels, often such "jingosim" is used to impart particular meaning, using effectively the societal shortcuts. For war comics, this often comes in the form of patriotism.


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