Politrickery. Brian K. Vaughans Meta-Politik

Translated title of the contribution: Politrickery. The Meta-Politcs of Brian K. Vaughan

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Brian K. Vaughan's series Y – The Last Man and Ex Machina are pronouncedly political in their content: the former tells of a world without men, the latter of a superhero who becomes mayor of New York city. Many specific allusions to real-life situations and developments as well as extensive discussions among the characters emphasize that socio-political questions are central to both texts. I show that politics are not only represented and discussed, but also dealt with in a subtle subtext. Even though the protagonists have completely different poles in society – one is a picaresque outsider, the other the center of established power-structures – they both act based on a principle which Jürgen Habermas has described as reflected, conscientious common sense. In a dialectic of faith and science, both characters are paragons of a middle ground philosophy of charity and altruism, which the texts depict as the only viable basis for future politics.
Translated title of the contributionPolitrickery. The Meta-Politcs of Brian K. Vaughan
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationComic und Politik
EditorsStephan Packard
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherChristian A. Bachmann
Publication date2012
ISBN (Print)9783941030299
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event7th annual conference of the German Association for Comic Studies : Comics and Politics - Freiburg, Germany
Duration: 27 Sept 201230 Sept 2012
Conference number: 7


Conference7th annual conference of the German Association for Comic Studies
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