Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Male Gaze in Comics

Before I begin, it is necessary that I state what the “male gaze” means. The “male gaze,” a term mostly used in regards to film refers to the presupposition on the part of the filmmakers, that the audience will be … Continue reading

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The Dark and Surreal World of Nicholas Gurewitch and the Perry Bible Fellowship, a Rebirth of the Comic Strip

Having been a huge fan of this particular site for a few years now, I was surprised to see that nobody has yet written on Nicholas Gurewitch’s wonderful Perry Bible Fellowship. Usually comprised of three to four panels each, Gurewitch’s … Continue reading

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Collecting Comics

In class we had an extensive discussion about the organization and accumulation of a collection of comic books. We also discussed on how a person may organize the collection either by author, artist, time-period or favorite characters. One thing that … Continue reading

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Why is Captain America an Avenger?

There has probably been a lot written about The Avengers, but the question I would like to discuss is: why is Steve Rogers, better known as Captain America even a member of the avengers? Captain America was created in the … Continue reading

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Manga’s Origin

Due to the quite recent popularity of Japanese comic books (known more conventionally as manga these days), there are people who may understand manga as a contemporary invention, though more truthfully, it has been around for several years.   The … Continue reading

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Comics on Ice

Being a sports enthusiast, I thought it would be interesting to look at the Guardian Project, created in 2010 by Stan Lee in partnership with the NHL. The basic idea behind the project was Lee developed 30 new superheroes, one … Continue reading

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Art vs. Story

We’ve had a few discussions in class over the past few weeks over whether or not art is the most valuable part of a comic.  Some said that they would never read a comic with bad art, while others argued … Continue reading

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The Translation of Batman: From Kane to West

Which is superior in your opinion: Adam West’s portrayal of Batman in the 60s TV show, or Bob Kane’s comics from the 1930s? I personally believe that each adaptation has its own strengths and weaknesses, although I have always had … Continue reading

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Crazy Cat Lady

I just wanted to write about Catwoman because I think she’s a great female character and in a world saved by men, there needs to be more female role models for comic fans. We saw a glimpse of Catwoman aka. … Continue reading

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Saints of a Secular Age. Or, why Superheroes & Fandom Creep me Out

Richard Caldwell, writing on the psychoanalytic function of mythological heroes observed the following and I quote; “1) Myths allow for the expression of unconscious, usually repressed, ideas in a conventional and socially sanctioned form, 2) Myths use the emotional content … Continue reading

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