If you’ve been anywhere near a high school English class, you’re all too familiar with the classic archetypes of literature: trickster, sage, devil, hero (hello, comic book characters), but I bet you never read about this one in school: the socially awkward, obscure genius, comic loving nerd. Pop culture loves this image, am I right? See what I mean in this clip from CBS’s sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
Activity: Does the media or our modern television and film industry turn this comic book nerd archetype into something much more oversimplified: a stereotype? What examples from our popular culture either reinforce or subvert this idea, and how does this influence or inform your own ideas about the kind of people who read comic books? Free write on this topic!