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The Uses of Comic Books: Conservatism and Propaganda in Modern Mexico
Transcript of The Uses of Comic Books: Conservatism and Propaganda in Modern Mexico
Conservatism and Propaganda in Modern Mexico “You must begin a reading program immediately so that you may understand the crises of our age,” Ignatius said solemnly… “You may skip the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. That is most dangerous propaganda. Now that I think of it, you had better skip the Romantics and the Victorians, too. For the contemporary period, you should study some selected comic books”
John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces. The first Mexican Comic Book: 1932-1933
100 issues Adelaido, the Ladies Man Paquín
1936-1955 A batacazo limpio (A Clean Hit at Chamaco)
Rafael Araiza Acosta and Leonel Araiza Acosta A fuerza de puños (With the Strenght of his Fists at Pepín)
Francisco Flores By the 40's Pepín alone printed 300,000 COPIES A DAY
8 TIMES A WEEK
2 DIFFERENT EDITIONS EVERY SUNDAY
63 PAGES EACH
DURING 20 YEARS OVER 2 BILLION 'PEPINES'
WERE SOLD IN MEXICO "Propaganda is neutrally defined as a systematic form of purposeful persuasion that attempts to influence the emotions, attitudes, opinions, and actions of specified target audiences for ideological, political or commercial purposes through the controlled transmission of one-sided messages (which may or may not be factual) via mass and direct media channels. A propaganda organization employs propagandists who engage in propagandism—the applied creation and distribution of such forms of persuasion."
Richard Alan Nelson