Unlocking the Pandora Box

November 19, 2014 8:08 PM

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When you read the first page of Penny Dora and the Wishing Box by Image Comics, you're at once introduced to concepts of land use and design drawn from urban planning methodology. You see rows and rows of homogenous homes in a planned community where the architecture is dull, and where the built environment helps inject uniformity amongst a collective consciousness. The blueprint at the bottom of the first page illustrates the grid iron pattern with endless amounts of cookie-cutter, perfectly-aligned boxes, which eventually lead to the bigger boxes of banks, stores and plazas. This image renders the endless suburban sprawl that contributes to the silent suburban war. Well, what happens when you deviate from the norm, when your aberrant conduct leads to the only uniqueness on the facade of your home -- like dressing up the mailbox? What about the young teenage girl who longs for change, or the single parent who yearns for something more radical?

In the first issue of the comic book, Penny Dora and the Wishing Box, this is exactly the type of narrative you will encounter. One that many people can relate to. It is the archetype of the single-parent home where a young girl's only wish is for her parents to reunite, or simply for Christmas to l...

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