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  • PhD Project: Superheroes and Terrorism

    Hello,

    My name is Nicholas Gray and I am a PhD student at the department of Geography, University College London. I am here today to ask you, the community, to help me with my PhD research project. I am interested in comic audience’s engagements with themes of terrorism within the Superhero genre. My research is a product of the first decade of our current centuries War on Terror and the effect that this has had on global audiences and media, and in particular comic books.

    I am myself a superhero comic fan, having caught the bug in 2001 after catching a copy of Dark Knight Returns. I would say that I am probably more a DC comics fan overall with my favourite comics being ‘Batman and Robin’, ‘Secret Six’ and ‘Booster Gold’ (although I am to lose two of these come September). I am therefore here as both fan and scholar to ask for the wider communities views on these themes and ideas of terrorism within the superhero genre of comics. I am essentially after the views of two groups; firstly comic fans, and secondly those who do not read comic books about their perceived connections between discourses of terrorism and the superhero genre of comics.

    I have created a series of online questionnaires, one of which is designed specifically for comic readers to express their views. I was therefore wondering if you could spare approximately 15 minutes of your time to complete this questionnaire. As a sweetener all those that complete the questionnaire will be entered into a draw for a £10 Amazon.co.uk (or Amazon.com if not UK based) voucher.

    I am UK based, but I am looking for a more global understanding of various issues for the online questionnaire.

    The questionnaire is located at:

    COMIC FANS QUESTIONNAIRE http://tinyurl.com/ComicPhD1

    This link will take you to the questionnaire (created using Google Documents, and the mammoth web-address that creates shortened with tinyurl) which should be viewable on all major internet browsers and many mobile phone browsers.

    If you choose to take part and know of others local to you within household, family and friendship groups that may be interested then please feel free to pass the information of this project onto them.

    Further if you have members of your family, household or friendship groups that do not read comics and would be interested In taking part in some research then please direct them to this alternate questionnaire at:

    NON-READERS QUESTIONNAIRE http://tinyurl.com/ComicPhD2

    I thank you for taking the time to read this post and I thank all those who choose to take part.

    Yours thankfully

    Nicholas Gray BA Hons (Cantab), MA (Cantab), MSc (UCL)

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    I filled out your questionnaire Nicholas. There were a few areas where the wording could have been better, but overall it was pretty good.

    I'm interested to see if anyone has anything to say about this topic on the forum.
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      Originally posted by Maverick_GL View Post
      I filled out your questionnaire Nicholas. There were a few areas where the wording could have been better, but overall it was pretty good.

      I'm interested to see if anyone has anything to say about this topic on the forum.
      Feedback always good Thanks for the interest in the project. Feel free to PM me what you felt was awkward as it can be adjusted (to an extent) if something isn't clear.

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