GoofBoy really loves comic books. I am ambivalent towards the form myself. But I resolved to read more comic books this year. Always make a resolution that you can keep – a few years ago I resolved to drink more wine, I have kept it admirably.
Anyway, I have accumulated a few comic books here and there – artsy graphic novel type stuff. GoofBoy is intensely curious – since he runs through any comics he gets very fast. But most of my stuff is going to be too mature, and there are things he doesn’t need to be exposed to quite yet.
However, I do have a few by the artistic giant Will Eisner, including his last work The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and GoofBoy kept asking about it. He assumed it was about super-heroes.
Maybe I’m just jealous, since I encountered many bullies and never really figured out how to deal with them. While super-sweet, GoofBoy is no wimp – I’ve seen him stand up for himself. (As a boy I was just the opposite – not sweet at all and a total wimp.) But maybe he needs to know the world has some very rough edges. The Plot is the story of how the czar’s secret agents created a series of vicious lies to slander the Jewish people all because the czar wanted to deflect blame for his own corrupt rule and how that lie has acquired a life of its own and inspires terrible things. Maybe that would be an antidote to the gentle world GoofBoy inhabits. He needs to understand, people have done and do awful, terrible things.
He read it. He didn’t react much. When I questioned him, he seemed to get the basic story. The artwork of course grabbed him. The import of it probably went right over his head and that’s probably for the best – for now.