Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Dynamic Style of Yusuke Murata

Hi everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your reading break! I just wanted to share with you today one of my favourite comic artists. Yusuke Murata (村田 雄介) is a Japanese manga artist best known for his work on the … Continue reading

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In Defense of Superman

Before writing this post I did a Google search asking the question: why do people hate Superman? To my disappointment (but not to my surprise) I had a number of hits. To summarize my findings, most people who dislike the … Continue reading

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Some Manga Just Never Seems to End

The best part about stories is that there is a clear beginning, middle, and end. I like having the reassurance that eventually there will be some kind of conclusion. Manga however does not seem to be concerned with story progression, … Continue reading

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Do I suck or is it you?

In our modern society many Super Hero movies, created as adaptations of popular comics, are becoming a big hit; we have Batman, Superman, The Avengers, and all kinds of other spin-off and reproductions. They are extremely convenient to someone who … Continue reading

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2D vs. 3D, too much information?

  For my second blog post I would like to continue discussing the transition between Michael Arias’s cinematic adaptation of Taiyō Matsumoto’s original black and white manga series, Tekkon Kinkreet. While both the manga and the movie effectively depict an … Continue reading

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Baroque Style: Distracting Readers?

A while ago, we talked about how the comic creators manipulate the way that a comic can be read through the construction of the comic page.  In the Arrow and the Grid, Joseph Witek states that there is a page … Continue reading

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Upcoming Online Class Focusing on Gender in Comic Books: What Do You Think?

A new online-based class has opened up through MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) dedicated to gender issues in comics.  It’s free and open to anyone, and you can enrol here.  There’ll be (LIVE!) weekly interviews with big names such as Brian K. … Continue reading

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Come In Dog Fort…

Throughout the semester, Professor Beaty has provided us with different definitions as well as describing the components of a comic. It is generally accepted that a comic must have sequential images, speech boxes, and a narrative or story.  But just … Continue reading

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Comics Without Words

What is “comicness”? Joseph Witek argued in his essay, The Arrow and the Grid, that a comic itself is an evolving set of reading protocols that when applied to text, allows for a particular work to be read as a … Continue reading

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Back to Baroque! With Barry Allen

I was recently reading one of the newer releases of DC Comics ‘Flash’, #15 to be clear, and I just had to write a post about panel layout and page composition! I know the moment has past, and perhaps the … Continue reading

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