Deconstructing Comics #577: Why Do We Like ‘Bad Futures’? With Mark Hobby

by Hannah Means Shannon

The Deconstructing Comics Podcast returns to Comicon.com this week to discuss our obsession with “bad futures” and more in comics:

Job Dun, Fat Assassin

For the past several decades there have been a lot of comics, movies, and other fiction involving “bad futures”, with lots of poverty, violence, environmental destruction, and the like. Why has this genre been so appealing to so many?

In this episode, Emmet O’Cuana talks with Mark Hobby about why this genre endures and how Mark has approached it in his own comic, Job Dun: Fat Assassin. They also discuss why British writers have led the pack on bad future stories, how Watchmen and the X-Men fit into the discussion, why sex in media seems to upset some people more than violence, and more.

Listen up below!