Monthly Archives: January 2013

“Womp womp womp”

Charles Schultz’s Peanuts, was one of my favorite childhood comics. The Peanut comics were drawn generally in black and white or if the comics were in colour, it was done simplistically. I think Schultz took this approach because either intentionally, … Continue reading

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The LSD Affair

The last lecture we had in English 388 Dr. Beaty mentioned a celebrated cartoonist named Robert Crumb, who is referred to as “The Godfather of Comics”. He started taking LSD at the age of 22 and his whole outlook on … Continue reading

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Cheese: It’s whats for dinner.

I’d like to, if I may, defend a beloved work of Graphic Novel Literature that was sadly given far less than its due credit by our fearless leader, Professor Beaty, when considered in class: Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. … Continue reading

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Are Comics Crap?

In the first class Dr. Beaty stated that the majority of comics were ‘crap’. This immediately intrigued me as I always understood comic books to be a heavily under rated form of literature. While I heartily agree there is a … Continue reading

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The Portrayal of Time in Comics

In the comic “Waiting” by Maurice Vellekoop, there are four panels, with each one being set in a different season. What is fascinating about this piece is that each panel is set in the same location and perspective overlooking a … Continue reading

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Suspension of Disbelief

What I find most interesting is that individuals try to argue or debate fantastic elements of comic books. This being said, reading a comic book is not much different than reading a non-fiction sci-fi novel or watching an IMAX movie. … Continue reading

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Loss of Imagination?

A few classes back, we talked about the difference between characters over time. I will admit it will be hard to find anyone in this class that will argue against superhero movies; they’re awesome. While many in this class are … Continue reading

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colors and details

In class we have looked at different comics that cover different genres, themes, and tones. The art styles of each of these different comics attempt to match or compliment  them. I find that when the comics tone or “feel” is … Continue reading

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Dynamic Difference

The mention of manga during a recent lecture regarding the fast paced, dynamic framing of action reminded me of one of my favorite manga, Tekkon Kinkreet. Created by the European influenced Taiyo Matsumoto, the story follows a partnership between Black … Continue reading

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Action! Let me Lay-it-Out for you!

After discussing the layout of a page and the emphasis that is placed on layout. I noticed that when we were looking at the division of space and how the images were presented in comics many of the comics that … Continue reading

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