Parts of the comics intelligentsia seem to be developing an unhealthy obsession with ideological readings of comics.
Archive for: Orientalism
“I’m examining American guilt and I’m examining male guilt.”
Thompson’s risky gambit was to create a consciously Orientalist work in a post 9/11 context.
The booklet is self-consciously tongue-in-cheek in its anthropological pretentions, but that doesn’t make the pretensions any less pretentious or any less anthropological.
The resultant comic is one that will excite every Western prejudice imaginable; not only of a depraved society but one of helpless, abused Arabian women begging to be saved from their bestial male counterparts.
Habin al Raschid giving up his dream is a dream itself, and the dreamer doesn’t live anywhere near Baghdad.
Habibi is a tragically familiar Orientalist tale that a reader can find in books by Kipling or many a French painter.