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The State as Alternative

The State as Alternative

Conceptualizing the Historical Role of Government Comics in Canada

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The Canadian Alternative
Mark J. McLaughlin
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores how government comics can be incorporated into historical scholarship as an alternative kind of primary source. Very few scholars have studied government comics, be it through a historical lens or otherwise. In an attempt to facilitate the reversal of this trend, this chapter discusses how to conceptualize the historical role of government comics in Canada, followed by contextual and visual cultural analyses of two comics published by government departments in the 1960s and 1970s – The Adventures of Binkly and Doinkel (Canada Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs) and Our Forest Lands (Ontario Department of Lands and Forests).

Keywords:   educational comics, government comics, promotional comics, propaganda, the state

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