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Dystopian comics


  • Comics set in an uncertain future, in a society ruled by an ineffectual, corrupt, or oppressive regime or by aliens, robots, etc. For comics set in a world or civilization after a catastrophic event (e.g., nuclear war, an alien invasion), sometimes also including the period immediately preceding the event see [Apocalyptic comics.]

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    • Dystopian comics
  • Variants

    • Anti-utopian comics
    • Antiutopian comics
    • Cacotopian comics
    • Counter-utopian comics
    • Counterutopian comics
    • Dystopia comics
    • Dystopian science fiction comics
    • Dystopic comics
    • Dystopic science fiction comics
    • Negative utopian comics
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  • Sources

    • found: Pawuk, M. Graphic novels : a genre guide to comic books, manga, and more, 2007:Chapter 3--Science Fiction, p. 241 (Dystopian and Utopian Worlds. Dystopian fiction showcases an alternate look at the world, with the protagonist trying to cope with a totalitarian form of government--typically a fascist state.) Chapter 3--Science Fiction, p. 245 (Post-Apocalypse. This subgenre examines what life would be like if a planet wide disaster struck Earth. In the tales there may be an ecological change, civilization may nearly be made extinct, and strange life-forms may now inhabit Earth. The subgenre is closely related to dystopian science fiction, but goes one step further by showcasing the entire collapse of society following a nuclear holocaust or other devastating event.)
    • found: LCSH, Oct. 21, 2014(Dystopian plays. UF Anti-utopian plays; Cacotopian plays; Dystopias--Drama; Dystopic plays; Negative utopian plays)
    • found: LCGFT(Dystopian films; Dystopian television programs)
    • found: Booker, M. The science fiction handbook, 2009:p. 65-73 (dystopian science fiction: if a utopia is an imaginary ideal society that dreams of a world in which the social, political, and economic problems of the real present have been solved ... then a dystopia is an imagined world in which the dream has become a nightmare)
    • found: Gill, V.K. African American utopian critiques, 2006, viewed online Feb. 13, 2013:p. 2 (the genre of utopian fiction, typically written today within "an explicitly science-fictional context," through three distinct frameworks: anti-utopia, heterotopia, and dystopia; George Schuyler's Black No More (1931) is often seen as an anti-utopian text) p. 3 (Octavia Butler presents readers with a negative utopia, also known as dystopia, in Parable of the Sower (1993); counter-utopian science fiction novels)
    • found: World literature today, summer 1994:p. 597 (traditional utopian, dystopian, anti-utopian, and counterutopian fiction)
  • General Notes

    • Comics set in an uncertain future, in a society ruled by an ineffectual, corrupt, or oppressive regime or by aliens, robots, etc. For comics set in a world or civilization after a catastrophic event (e.g., nuclear war, an alien invasion), sometimes also including the period immediately preceding the event see [Apocalyptic comics.]
  • Example Notes

    • Noted under [Apocalyptic comics]
  • Change Notes

    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2015-12-02: revised
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