How many of you are “in the closet” when it comes to all things geeky? Do your parents, siblings, co-workers, and others know you read comics? Play D&D? Cosplay Doctor Who characters?
This is something that has plagued Jason since the very beginning, and we can see that Noel is hiding from her parents as well.
Similarly, it is amazing how many people still consider comics to be “kids stuff” even though there are endless books (Persepolis included) that can and should appeal to everyone. Most other countries don’t have these hangups about comics. The Japanese and Europeans embrace it, for the most part. Yet it is in the realm of “unwashed geekdom” here in the USA.
Any theories why? It’s ironic, given how popular comic-related characters are in film, on television, and on computer games right now. Why not the comics themselves?