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Comic Book Propaganda Exhibit

  1. 1. the art of persuasion THE USE AND ABUSE OF PROPAGANDA IN COMIC BOOKSThe Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler
  2. 2. Table of Contents: 01.) Mission Statement, Target Audience and Teaching Points 02.) Site 03.) Bubble Plan and Flow 04.) Content Outline 06.) Inspiration 07.) Exhibit Plan 09.) Entry Experience 10.) Introduction 13.) “The Use and Abuse of Propaganda” 14.) Long Wall 18.) “Meet the Game-Changers” - Art Spiegelman 20.) “Us vs. Them” 22.) “Us vs. Them” - Reflection Panels 25.) “Action/Reaction” 26.) “Action/Reaction” - The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks 27.) “Action/Reaction” - The Bombing of Hiroshima 28.) Interactive 30.) Transparent Panels of Design Steps 32.) “Persuasions of Society” - Reflection Panels 33.) Conversation Hub 34.) Materials, Finishes and Furniture Selections 35.) Text Panel 36.) Typography 37.) Display Case 38.) Artifact MatrixThe Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 00
  3. 3. MISSION STATEMENT: The Art of Persuasion examines one of history’s most powerful tools-the comic book-which has been used as a favored medium to spread both harmful and beneficial agendas. TARGET AUDIENCE: TEACHING POINTS: .. Propaganda is not always negative; it can also help inspire people by raising The Art of Persuasion should attract awareness of the environment, promoting peace, and criticizing slavery and racism. adults between the ages of 18 through 45 (who are the average readers of .. Cultural, political and social messages have been spread (intentionally or not) comic books), as well as people who are in and by comic books for the past century. interested in comic books and/or would .. Individuals and organizations have used comic books to spread both harmful like to learn how they influence our and beneficial agendas with their hypnotic use of layout and imagery. decisions and behavior. .. Comic books can be a powertful type of literature and art form because of their intricate stories and high level of detail.The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 01
  4. 4. Site: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW Washington, DC 20024 The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Art of Persuasion share similar themes, such as the use and abuse of propaganda, the influence propaganda can exert on people, and how prejudice and hatred can be a powerful weapon. All of these themes deal with issues that affect society.The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 02
  5. 5. bubble plan and flow: 1.0 Introduction 2.0 The Use and Abuse of Propaganda 3.0 Meet the Game-Changers: Art Spiegelman 4.0 Us vs. Them 5.0 Meet the Game-Changers: Alan Moore 6.0 Action/Reaction 7.0 Meet the Game-Changers: Spire Christian Comics 8.0 Persuasions of Society 9.0 Conversation HubThe Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 03
  6. 6. content outline: 1.0 Introduction 4.0 Us vs. Them 1.1 What are comic books? 1.2 Why are comic books such a powerful form of communication? Racism is more frequently discussed in comics than in many other art forms. When a comic 1.3 Are comic books used to spread propagandistic messages? book artist designs a character, he or she may use easily recognizable traits to convey the general idea of that character to the reader. But in doing so, it is very easy to resort to characteristics that are biased or perhaps even racist in nature. 2.0 The Use and Abuse of Propaganda 4.1 What are the different techniques of propaganda? 2.1 What is propaganda? 4.2 What groups are the most targeted? 2.2 Where is propaganda located and how it is used? 4.3 Blacks in Comics 2.3 Who uses propaganda? The majority of Black stereotypes that have evolved in popular culture emerged in the United States and can be seen in a wide variety of comic books. 4.4 Asians in Comics Asians have long been the target of racial positive and negative stereotypes. A great deal of propa- 3.0 meet the game-changers: Art Spiegelman ganda during World War II played on the widespread racism of the era. 4.5 Jews in Comics The Jewish people have been subject to anti-Semitism for millennia, and the perpetrators of these 3.1 Art Spieglman hate-based thoughts and acts have used literature, art, and even comics to convey their religious, 3.2 Maus racial, cultural, and ethnic biases. 3.2.1 Graphic Imagery in Comic Books 3.2.2 Anthropomorphic Characters 5.0 Meet the Game-Changers: Alan moore 5.1 Alan Moore 5.2 Politics in Comic Books 5.2.1 Watchmen 5.2.2 V for VendettaThe Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 04
  7. 7. content outline: 6.0 Action/Reaction 8.0 Persuasions of society During wartime, the use of propaganda is often intensified in order to strengthen Comics have been used to inform, often to educate readers on how to live their lives. They have the identity of a nation and portray the enemy as subhuman, worthy of both fear been used to convince readers-young or old-to stop and not use drugs, be conscious of their and loathing. environment, and the advantages and dangers of nuclear power, etc. 6.1 The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks 8.1 Drug Use Most people can recall where they were when they heard about the first plane hitting Comics have been used to both promote the use and negative aspects of drug use. These comics were the World Trade Center. There have been retellings in all forms of media, but one that meant for young adults who would be making important life-changing decisions about drugs at that has caught the eye of readers everywhere has been comic books. Individuals and moment or in the near future. organizations have come together to create retellings and showcase their own per- 8.2 Nuclear Power sonal views about the attacks and the aftermath of them as well as play homage to the One subject that has created quite a stir in many countries is whether or not to use nuclear power as a victims of the attacks and the heroes that died trying to save them. source of energy. This debate has spilled into many different media avenues, such as television, radio, 6.2 The Bombing of Hiroshima and, of course, comics. The horrific events that occurred after the bombing of Hiroshima and the use of 8.3 Homosexuality in Comics atomic weaponry in World War II have been a topic expressed in comic books since Individuals and organizations have been sparked by this controversial topic. There have been examples the bombing on August 6, 1945 at 8:15 AM. on the dangers and negatives aspects of homosexuality regarding religious beliefs that have been directed at young adults to engrain those ideas into their mind. 8.4 Abortion in Comics 7.0 Meet the Game-Changers: Spire Christian Comics A subject that has provoked some of the most intense and controversial debates throughout society is abortion. Within America in 1973 the debate over this issue ignited when Roe vs. Wade was decided by the United States Supreme Court and abortion was made illegal. 7.1 Spire Christian Comics 7.2 Religion in Comic Books There is an abudance of comics with varying degrees of religious content. These 9.0 conversation hub comics have been made by people set on convincing their fellow man of the “right” way of thinking and are prepared to utilize the accessibility, direct appeal, and impact Visitors will also be able to respond to a variety of questions and topics posted about the that comics have to reach out and touch readers. controversial topics explored in the exhibition on tablets, and their responses will appear on 7.2.1 Archie’s One Way speech bubble-shaped screens attached to the wall. This area is a great place for visitors to spark 7.2.2 Hansi: The Girl Who Loved the Swastika up a conversation with fellow visitors, as well reflect on the topics explored in the exhibition.The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 05
  8. 8. inspiration: The vision for The Art of Persuasion is to create a dynamic environment for visitors. Elements that have been inspirational for this exhibition during the programming stages include: Angular panels, comic book layouts, bold colors, oversized graphics, reflective and collaborative environments, and an overload of text on surfaces. These elements will be used throughout the exhibition to immerse the visitor into the exhibit’s content.The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 06
  9. 9. exhibit plan: 6.0 “action/reaction” 7.0 “meet the game-changers”: 9.0 “conversation hub” taboo comics Spire Christian Comics theater 1.0 introduction 5.0 “meet the game-changers”: alan moore introduction continued and 8.0 “persuasions of society” 2.0 “the use and abuse of propaganda” 4.0 “us vs. them” 3.0 “meet the game-changers”: art spiegelman Square Footage: 5,400 Ceiling Height: 12’ - 0”The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 07
  10. 10. introduction
  11. 11. entry experience: As visitors approach the exhibition, they will be greeted by angled partitions with examples from comic books that will be seen throughout the exhibition. Creating comic panels on the two partitions and on the door will create a forced perspective and will give the feeling to visitors that they are stepping into a comic book. Along the left wall will be propagandistic phrases from a variety of comic books with backlit angular panels in front and grayed-out corresponding images printed on top. These elements will give visitors an idea of what they will be seeing and learning about throughout the exhibition. Angles are a big element in the exhibition because they have dimension and so do comic books because of their powerful art and stories.The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 09
  12. 12. introduction: 35’ - 9” 9’ - 6” Elevation of introduction wall showing propagandistic phrases from comic books and a variety of other media and onomatopoetic words Scale: 3/8” = 1’-0” Once visitors pass through the doors, they will enter the introduction section of the exhibition. Along the walls there will be phrases from comic books grayed out with large three-dimensional text adhered to the surface that will spell out a variety of onomatopoetic words. One reason why comic books are so powerful is because of the use of these catchy words. Visitors will be surrounded by comic book propaganda phrases and propagandistic well-known phrases from other forms of media as they go down the ramp to the rest of the exhibition. Propaganda is all around us, so I wanted that feeling to be emulated in this space.The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 10
  13. 13. introduction: 41’ - 8” 10’ - 9” Elevation of entrance wall showing propagandistic phrases from comic books and a variety of other media Scale: 1/4” = 1’-0”The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 11
  14. 14. the use and abuse of propagaganda
  15. 15. “the use and abuse of propaganda”: As visitors travel down the ramp into the first section titled “The Use and Abuse of Propaganda”, they will learn about how propaganda has been used in comic books to help spread harmful and beneficial social agendas. Visitors will learn about different techniques and applications of propaganda in the past and well as the present. Also, visitors will be able to see another reason comic books are so powerful by exploring their flow and visual cues. These push readers to keep reading. This will be demonstrated to visitors by letting them compare Joe Sacco’s Palestine with magazine and newspaper articles about the same subject, and will show how the comic book seems more appealing. Visitors will also be able to create their own comic book on the interactive drafting table seen in the perspective above.The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 13
  16. 16. long wall: 23’-0” 12’ - 0” Blown-up section of “The Use and Abuse of Propaganda” Scale: Not to scale Elevation of long wall showing “The Use and Abuse of Propaganda”, “Meet the Game-Changers”: Art Spiegelman and “Us vs. Them” Scale: 1/8” = 1’-0”The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 14
  17. 17. long wall: 12’ - 0” 12’ - 0” Blown-up section of “Meet the Game-Changers”: Art Spiegleman Scale: Not to scale Elevation of long wall showing “The Use and Abuse of Propaganda”, “Meet the Game-Changers”: Art Spiegelman and “Us vs. Them” Scale: 1/8” = 1’-0”The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 15
  18. 18. long wall: 12’ - 0” 29’ - 0” Blown-up section of “Us vs. Them” Scale: Not to scale Elevation of long wall showing “The Use and Abuse of Propaganda”, “Meet the Game-Changers”: Art Spiegelman and “Us vs. Them” Scale: 1/8” = 1’-0”The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 16
  19. 19. Meet the game-changers: Art spiegelman
  20. 20. “meet the game-changers” - Art spiegelman: 30’ - 0” 12’ - 0” Elevation of “Meet the Game-Changers”: Art Spiegelman Scale: 3/8” = 1’-0 This elevation shows part of the “Meet the Game-Changers” section, which focuses on Art Spiegelman’s infamous comic book Maus and how his use of anthropomorphic characters changed the whole dynamic of the comic book as literature and art form. What made it so powerful was that it made the Holocaust approachable for readers, young and old, and enabled them to take in all of the graphic events of this tragedy, such as the hangings and violence that took place within the concentration camps. Both here and in the perspective shown previously, I took the mice that were depicted as Jews in the comic and “caged them in” using fencing which you can see on the right side of the elevation. I did this because they were trapped and were the center of negative attention and abuse throughout the Holocaust and Word War II.The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 18
  21. 21. Us vs. them
  22. 22. “us vs. them”: When visitors enter “Us vs. Them”, they will be able to reflect on the characterizations of different animals depicted as animals and learn how and why the three most targeted racial/ethnic groups in comic books (i.e., Asians, Blacks, and Jews) were depicted the way they were. For more in-depth information about how these races have been depicted over the years, visitors can approach the perimeter walls to learn about how Blacks have been portrayed as different stereotypes, as well as Jews and Asians. A mechanical interactive is placed on the large blue wall which depicts how the three different races have been depicted in different mediums – Pictorial, Textual and Content – and how that influences how they are drawn and portrayed.The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 20
  23. 23. “us vs. them”: 34’ - 0” 12’ - 0” Elevation of Asians in Comics and Jews in Comics Scale: 3/8” = 1’-0”The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 21
  24. 24. “us vs. them” - reflection panels: 8 ’- 0” 4’ - 0” Elevations of front side of reflection panels in “Us vs. Them” Scale: 3/4” = 1’-0” In the middle of this section are three reflection panels showing the three most targeted groups in comics, which are Blacks, Asians, and Jews and how they have been portrayed as animals in comics. The front is a mirrored surface with the character printed onto the front so visitors can look at their own reflection and compare their own characteristics with the different races being characterized. I think these panels give visitors a chance to reflect on how they have been characterized and stereotyped within their own lives.The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 22
  25. 25. “us vs. them” - reflection panels: 7 ’- 0” 4’ - 0” Elevations of back side of reflection panels in “Us vs. Them” Scale: 3/4” = 1’-0” The backs of the reflection panels in “Us vs. Them” discuss how each group has been portrayed as a certain animal and why. The text will be vinyl and adhered to the surface and the headings will be three-dimensional text. A great aspect of these panels is that visitors can get a lot of information from them and if they want to learn more about other ways and in other comic books that these groups have been portrayed in, then you can visit the perimeter walls. These panels were designed for people who like to “breeze” through an exhibition.The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 23
  26. 26. action/reaction
  27. 27. “action/reaction”: Perspective of the “Action/Reaction” section showing the 9/11 wall, reflection space and interactive drawing wall “Action/Reaction” showcases two horrific acts of violence: The Bombing of Hiroshima and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In the middle of the section is a semi-enclosed space for reflection with blown-up graphics of comic panels depicting the emotions of victims during 9/11 adhered to angular, back-lit panels from a variety of comic books about 9/11. This space was designed so visitors had a place to reflect about what they have seen as well as view examples of comic books as an art form, which goes back to teaching point four (“Comic books can be a powerful type of literature and art form because of their intricate stories and high level of detail”). On the right, visitors can draw their own comic panel on the touch sensitive wall and can reflect on the horrific events exhibited in this section, as well as see other visitors’ visual reflections.The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 25
  28. 28. “action/reaction” - the 9/11 terrorist attacks: 25’ - 8” 12’ - 0” Elevation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks wall Scale: 3/8” = 1’-0” This wall discusses the 9/11 terrorist attacks and compares and contrasts this event to several comic books that depicted the event which are exhibited in this section. Specifically, it discusses where the blame was given, comparing superheroes to the real heroes of the day – firemen and police officers – as well as discussing tolerance towards and stereotypes of the Sihks and others who “look” like potential terrorists. There will be a more modern television screen facade in comparison to the 40’s style façade discussing the bombing of Hiroshima. It will play interviews with comic artists and writers, such as Art Spiegelman, who wrote In the Shadow of No Towers comic book about 9/11 and how he and other comic books artists and writers portrayed the event in their comics. Visitors can look at the five examples of comic books in the display case, as well as flip through the two 9/11 volumes that hundreds of comic artists and writers collaborated on. By looking at these volumes, visitors will get a better sense of how a comic is put together and how much emotion and collaboration went into producing these comics.The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 26
  29. 29. “action/reaction” - the bombing of hiroshima: 22’ - 2” 12’ - 0” Elevation of the bombing of Hiroshima wall Scale: 3/8” = 1’-0” Similar to the wall about 9/11, this wall focuses on Keiji Nakazawa’s horrific experience as a child witnessing the bombing of Hiroshima. Images and newspaper articles will be displayed in comparison to the events portrayed in the comics to show how the comic book artist and writers depiction compares and contrasts with the event as it was portrayed by more traditional news sources. Examples from I Saw It showing the aftermath of the town and the victims, as well as images from the event itself will be displayed. There will be a display case showcasing I Saw It, Gen of Hiroshima and the original Barefoot Gen. Also, a vintage television facade showing clips from the film Barefoot Gen and interviews with survivors of the bombing, including Keiji Nakazawa, will be shown. Along the left side there will be all ten volumes of Barefoot Gen so visitors can flip through to see what happened right before the drop, during, after and how the survivors overcame in the aftermath of the fall of the atomic bomb. By looking at these volumes, visitors will have a better understanding of how a comic is put together and how much effort went into producing these.The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 27
  30. 30. interactive: Isometric view of interactive drafting table in “Action/Reaction” Isometric view of interactive drafting table in “Action/Reaction” Note: Each top of an interactive will be a different color to correspond to the color of the section and will have a black base I was inspired by the drafting tables comic artists and writers used and, therefore, I designed an interactive drafting table. Interactive drafting tables will be placed throughout the exhibition. There will be several different activities that will be on the interface. Activities will include: Creating your own comic book panel that reflects a topic being explored in the exhibition; write or draw your own message on an existing blank propaganda poster or advertisement to see how you interpret the message being displayed and how your depiction compares and contrasts with the actual example; exploring the various comic books exhibited in the exhibition by being able to flip through and zoom into the panels to see all of the excellent details that comic artists put into each panel (which is the example shown above), and; participate in the visitor poll and comment forum which explores the variety of comic books and topics displayed in the exhibition.The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 28
  31. 31. persuasions of society
  32. 32. transparent panels of design steps: 9’ - 3” 12’ - 0” Elevation of transparent panels of design steps from initial sketching (on left) to final inking (on right) Scale: 3/8” = 1’-0” I wanted visitors to get a sense of how comics are created and the steps it takes to put just one panel together, so I designed three transparent glass panels in-between the final “Meet the Game-Changers” section and “Persuasions of Society”. Visitors can stand in front of the panels and see a combination of all the steps of drawing a comic panel combined, as well as walk through the “pass-through’s” in order to get to the next section and to see them up-close and the amount of detail that each step takes from initial sketching and planning to final inking.The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 30
  33. 33. transparent panels of design steps: Front view showing the combination of all the design steps combined Side view showing how visitors can pass-through each panelThe Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 31
  34. 34. “persuasions of society” - Reflection panels: Front view of panel discussing nuclear power in comic books Back view of panel discussing abortion in comic books When visitors enter “Persuasions of Society” they will approach three sets of reflection panels that pin two views about a subject against each other such as Pro-Nuclear Power which explores the comic book Power for Progress versus Anti-Nuclear Power which discusses the comic book All-Atomic Comics. Visitors will able to see examples explored more deeply on the panels and if they want to dive more into the topics displayed on the panels they can learn more along the long wall. These panels are definitely for people who like to “breeze” through an exhibition. In the middle of the panels, there will be a mirror attached to reiterate the idea of reflection which can be seen in “Us vs. Them”. Visitors will be able to see their own reflection in the mirror and see how they and others react to how these controversial subjects are depicted in comic books.The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 32
  35. 35. “conversation hub”: When visitors enter the last section, the “Conversation Hub”, they will be approached by numerous questions that they can think about, such as “What do you think the future for spreading propagandistic messages will be?” Visitors will also be able to respond to a variety of questions and topics posted about the controversial topics explored in the exhibition on tablets, and their responses will appear on speech bubble-shaped screens attached to the wall. Television screens suspended from the ceiling will show video clips from different comic book artists and writers such as Joe Sacco, Marjane Satrapi, Keiji Nakazawa, Art Spiegelman, and Fredrik Stromberg discussing how they deal with these different controversial subjects. This area is a great place for visitors to spark up a conversation with fellow visitors, as well reflect on the topics explored in the exhibition.The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 33
  36. 36. materials, finishes and furniture selections: Armstrong Ceiling Systems Dune Angled Tegular Luna Textiles Craft LCF-2204R Clipper Allermuir JA1 Bench Allermuir JA2 Stool Allermuir JA3T Table SW 6601 Tanager SW 6947 Tempo Teal SW 6197 Aloof Gray 3form 100 Percent Arreis 3form Varia Ecoresin Mirrored Surface Carbon Sierra Pine MDF Vapor-Custom Imaging Printing SW 6903 Cheerful SW 6127 Ivoire SW 6202 Cast Iron Armstrong Wall Base Shaw Contract Group SW 6727 Houseplant SW7003 Toque White SW 6216 Jasper 60 - Jet Black Ambient Tile 59330The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 34
  37. 37. text panel: Example of a 24” x 36” section panel in “Action/Reaction” Section Panel: Panel - 24” x 36” Overall - 26” x 38” Sub-Section Panel: Panel - 11” x 17” Overall - 13” x 19” Label: Panel - 4” x 6” Overall - 6” x 8”The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 35
  38. 38. typography: quotes and headings: single sleeve abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789 Body: Swis721 LtCn BT ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789 Blown-up section of 24” x 36” section panel in “Action/Reaction”The Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 36
  39. 39. display case: Isometric view of display case in “Action/Reaction” Side view of display case in “Action/Reaction” Note: Each top of a case will be a different color to correspond to the color of the section and will have a black baseThe Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 37
  40. 40. artifact matrix: Image Artifact Name Section # Section Name Artifact Dimensions Location I Saw It: The Atomic Bombing Section 6 Action/Reaction 10.25” x 6.5” x 0.25” Display case on wall about the of Hiroshima, A Survivor’s True bombing of Hiroshima Story By: Keiji Nakazawa Gen of Hiroshima Section 6 Action/Reaction 10.25” x 6.5” x 0.25” Display case on wall about the bombing of Hiroshima By: Keiji Nakazawa Barefoot Gen, Volume 1 (Original Section 6 Action/Reaction 8” x 5.9” x 1” Display case on wall about the print) bombing of Hiroshima By: Keiji Nakazawa Barefoot Gen, Volume 1: A Section 6 Action/Reaction 8.3” x 5.9” x 0.6” Book shelf on wall about the Cartoon Story of bombing of Hiroshima Hiroshima By: Keiji Nakazawa Barefoot Gen, Volume 2: The Day Section 6 Action/Reaction 8.2” x 5.9” x 0.6” Book shelf on wall about the After bombing of Hiroshima By: Keiji NakazawaThe Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 38
  41. 41. artifact matrix: Image Artifact Name Section # Section Name Artifact Dimensions Location Barefoot Gen, Volume 3: Life Section 6 Action/Reaction 8.5” x 6.3” x 0.6” Book shelf on wall about the After the Bomb bombing of Hiroshima By: Keiji Nakazawa Barefoot Gen, Volume 4: Out of Section 6 Action/Reaction 8.3” x 5.9” x 0.7” Book shelf on wall about the the Ashes bombing of Hiroshima By: Keiji Nakazawa Barefoot Gen, Volume 5: The Section 6 Action/Reaction 8.3” x 6.1” x 0.6” Book shelf on wall about the Never-Ending War bombing of Hiroshima By: Keiji Nakazawa Barefoot Gen, Volume 6: Writing Section 6 Action/Reaction 8.3” x 6.1” x 0.6” Book shelf on wall about the the Truth bombing of Hiroshima By: Keiji Nakazawa Barefoot Gen, Volume 7: Bones Section 6 Action/Reaction 8” x 5.8” x 0.7” Book shelf on wall about the into Dust bombing of Hiroshima By: Keiji NakazawaThe Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 39
  42. 42. artifact matrix: Image Artifact Name Section # Section Name Artifact Dimensions Location Barefoot Gen, Volume 8: Merchants Section 6 Action/Reaction 8” x 5.8” x 0.7” Book shelf on wall about the of Death bombing of Hiroshima By: Keiji Nakazawa Barefoot Gen, Volume 9: Breaking Section 6 Action/Reaction 8.3” x 5.8” x 0.6” Book shelf on wall about the Down Borders bombing of Hiroshima By: Keiji Nakazawa Barefoot Gen, Volume 10: Never Section 6 Action/Reaction 8.3” x 5.8” x 0.6” Book shelf on wall about the Give Up bombing of Hiroshima By: Keiji Nakazawa Amazing Spider-Man #36 Section 6 Action/Reaction 11.2” x 8.9” x 0.9” Display case on wall about the 9/11 Special Edition 9/11 terrorist attacks By: John Romita Jr. Heroes: The World’s Greatest Section 6 Action/Reaction 10.6” x 7.9” x 0.2” Display case on wall about the Super Hero Creators Honor the 9/11 terrorist attacks World’s Greatest Heroes By: Kurt Busiek, Paul Dini, Kevin Smith, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Jim Shooter, Stan Lee, Jim Krueger, Gail Simone and Fabian NiciezaThe Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 40
  43. 43. artifact matrix: Image Artifact Name Section # Section Name Artifact Dimensions Location A Moment of Silence: Saluting Section 6 Action/Reaction 10.75” x 8.25” x 0.25” Display case on wall about the the Heroes of September 11th 9/11 terrorist attacks By: Marvel Comics In the Shadow of No Towers Section 6 Action/Reaction 14.4” x 10.3” x 0.9” Display case on wall about the 9/11 terrorist attacks By: Art Spiegelman The Big Lie Section 6 Action/Reaction 13” x 10” x 1” Display case on wall about the 9/11 terrorist attacks By: Rick Veitch 9-11: Artists Respond, Volume 1 Section 6 Action/Reaction 10” x 6.6” x 0.4” Book shelf on wall about the 9/11 terrorist attacks By: Will Eisner, P Craig Russell, . John McCrae, Eric Powell, Jon J. Muth, David Chelsea, Eric Drooker, Kevin Nowlan, Paul Sloboda, Paul Chadwick, and Randy Stradley 9-11: Stories to Remember, Section 6 Action/Reaction 10.2” x 6.7” x 0.4” Book shelf on wall about the Volume 2 9/11 terrorist attacks By: Neil Gaiman, Stan Lee, Jill Thompson, Kieron Dwyer, and Steven T. SeagleThe Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 41
  44. 44. artifact matrix: Image Artifact Name Section # Section Name Artifact Dimensions Location All-Atomic Comics Section 8 Persuasions of Society 10” x 7” x 0.25” Display case on long wall By:Leonard Rifas Power for Progress Section 8 Persuasions of Society 10” x 7” x 0.25” Display Case on long wall By: Consumers Power Company Abortion Eve Section 8 Persuasions of Society 9.75” x 7” x 0.25” Display case on long wall By: Chin Lyvely and Joyce Sutton Green Lantern, Volume 2 #85: Section 8 Persuasions of Society 10.25” x 7” x 0.25” Display case on long wall The Shocking Truth About Drugs! By: Denny O’Neil and John Broome Wimmen’s Comix presents Section 8 Persuasions of Society 10.25” x 7.25” x 0.25” Display case on long wall Little Giirls By: Phoebe GloecknerThe Art of Persuasion: The Use and Abuse of Propaganda in Comic Books Lauren Stern Corcoran College of Art + Design EX7800 Thesis Project May 13, 2012 Instructors: Gretchen Coss, Cybelle Jones and Evi Oehler 42

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