"Plato's Children" is a comic done in a primarily black and white (manga) style and is inspired by Socrates’ idealistic city - "kallipolis" - from Plato's Republic. The story takes place in a twited futuristic version of the kallipolis - “Kal-3”. The city is divided into three classes (based on the tri-partite view of the soul): philosophers, auxiliaries, and producers. The story follows a sickly student philosopher, simply called #432, who walks the readers through daily life in Kal-3 and lamenting the dystopic vision of its founders. “Plato’s Children” touches upon themes of social engineering and virtue, justice through conformity, eugenics, and the Platonic Forms.
Another part of the core that is present in this piece is art humanities, as I took inspiration from several pieces that I studied from class, including Goya’s “El sueño de la razón produce monstruos”, which inspired the owl on the cover page and the creature towards the end of the comic.
About the Author: David Heagy
David Heagy is a senior at Columbia College (CC ’21) majoring in Data Science. Homeschooled from K-12, he sought admission primarily due to the Core Curriculum. David’s artistic achievements include awards for writing and finger-style guitar, as well as an honorable mention for the 2018 Core Scholars. He has been developing an anime/manga-style project after being inspired by his Contemporary Civilization class.