It’s A Political World
As you may or may not have noticed, we have been helping in the promotion of the MINE Anthology Kickstarter campaign. MINE is “an anthology of comics, art and illustration in support of the reproductive rights campaign in Ireland, referred to on the internet as #RepealThe8th”. I was discussing our posting about the book with a friend and he questioned using ICN to promote this issue (He is favour of repealing the 8th Amendment so that wasn’t a problem for him). I explained my reasoning behind the posts: 1) It is an Irish comic and it is our job to promote them and 2) I’m the Editor In Chief and I have the final decision on the site’s content. That being said, I will not be using the site to argue the rights or wrongs of the constitutional amendment. I will be focusing on the book’s artistic merit and how successful it is in getting across its message.
The discussion brought to mind something that I had been thinking about for a while: politics and social issues in Irish comics. Growing up in the 80s, I largely ignored the news but, thanks to the likes of Spitting Image, I was pretty aware of what was going on in the world of politics therefore I’m a big believer in art being used to make people aware of issues. Now I’m not saying every book should have a political message (that’s not what comics are all about) but I would like to see more of it. A successful example of this is Tommie Kelly’s The Holy Numbers which takes a look at religion and spiritual issues. I especially enjoyed the book as there were parallels to Scientology which is notoriously difficult to get information on and there is a political element also.
So my main point is that I would like to see more political and social issues tackled in Irish comics and would be delighted to promote those kinds of books. That being said, I will be making the final decision on what kind of messages get promoted on the site. If you have any issues with this, or anything else on the site, you can contact us and I will be happy to discuss it with you.