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Comics: Still Going Through Puberty

The medium of comics, in many ways, continues to be viewed through the eyes of a child. While comic have gained more legitimacy recently and have been written for adults there is still a sense that the medium lends itself … Continue reading

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How Comic Companies Handle Video Games, and What Does it Mean?

Comic characters have been used in video games for many years, through various genres, but for this blog I will be concentrating on one genre of games in particular, that I have a personal fondness for: fighting games. In the … Continue reading

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Why is Maus Viewed in Such High Regard?

How can the mass murder of 6 million Jews be respectably narrated in a comic book? Comic books are a medium which has “a great deal of monotonous stupidity [and] cheap jocosity.” (Seldes, Gilbert) How can one describe such a … Continue reading

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Color In Comics: Is It Necessary

When reading comics, especially older ones, I am often struck with a thought: “This would look so much better in black and white”. So often in comics, the coloring is sloppy and one dimensional, and often takes away from the … Continue reading

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The High/Low Split Within Comics: An Observer’s Notes

We’ve been talking a lot in this class about comics’ place in the cultural hierarchy or the distinction between high/low culture, in which comics is most often relegated to the low end of the artistic spectrum. This is something that … Continue reading

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A Death in the Family

Something had to be done about Jason Todd. Introduced in 1983, Todd was created to fill the void that Robin #1, Dick Grayson, left behind when he graduated to Nightwing. Jason, at first, was a carbon-copy of the original Grayson; … Continue reading

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The Universality of Fandom: The Nerd

Fanfiction is fan labour in which fans of an original work write about the characters and settings they love so much in that work. It is a fan based force, meaning all the works in fanfiction are written by fans, … Continue reading

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The Genius of Gary Larson

  Have you ever read any of Gary Larson’s The Far Side comics? If you answered ‘no’ to that previous question, you need to give your head a violent shaking.  When you’ve finished that, you’re going to want to go … Continue reading

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Why Early Batman Comics Suck

While “the first comic book published in the United States was a story created by the Swiss Rodolphe Topffer,” in 1842 it wasn’t until May 1938 when the first superhero comic Action Comics featuring “Superman” appeared. “The Batman” appeared exactly … Continue reading

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Chris Ware’s Use of Text

Gene Kannenberg writes that text and image enlighten each other without one system dominating the other. This is very apparent with Chris Ware’s work. Chris Ware is known for his dynamic use of text in comics. He is able to … Continue reading

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