Rech, Matthew F. "Be Part of the Story. A popular geopolitics of war comics aesthetics and Royal Air Force recruitment." In: Political Geography 39 (2014), S. 36–47.
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Keywords: Advertisement, Aesthetics, Geopolitics, Historical account, Propaganda, United Kingdom, War
Collection: Political Geography
This paper provides an analysis of images associated with the British Royal Air Force’s recent ‘Be Part of the Story’ war comic-styled military recruiting campaign. Set around literatures in popular geopolitics, the paper builds on the concept of comic book visualities to suggest that the ‘Be Part of the Story’ images reproduce longstanding war comics conventions, and coherently represent the complex, relational and spatially disparate battlespaces of the present. The paper, firstly, provides a detailed history of war comics as they have mediated war to publics, and argues that war comics should figure more strongly in future studies of popular geopolitics. Secondly, it argues that more than simply part of a pervasive ‘cultural condition’ of militarization, military recruitment is a vital medium through which states and militaries view, and choose to represent their role in the world. Lastly, it demonstrates that ‘Be Part of the Story’ reproduces the violent visions, metaphors and cultural designations integral to state-centric narratives of global politics, and specifically, spatial principles inherent to network-centric warfare.
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