Author: silver

Banning Books and Banning Thought

This past week of class seemed to revolve around a common idea: why ban a book, and in particular, why this book? While Fun Home has the effect of making people uncomfortable, does it warrant the amount of resulting controversy? While students are warranted in expressing their discomfort with the novel, I believe it is an issue with what we… Read more →

Captain America: A Man of His Time

Comics are often a reflection of the times and place that they were created. As they age, they change and evolve to suit the audience, going through various stages. While some comics are set in a time period that is not our own, they may still reflect the thoughts and feelings of a modern audience. But in the case of… Read more →

Mind In the Gutter

Scott McCloud’s discussion of what defines a comic oversimplifies and broadens what actually is a comic. In his haste to define comics in what I believe is an attempt to further understand them, he states that (according to his definition of comics) single panel “comics” might not be considered comics since they do not have the juxtaposition of multiple images… Read more →

アート(Bijutsu) to Art: Manga Scanlation in America

Like many other fans of manga, I read many manga series online as well as buying the books themselves when they are (finally) released officially in America. Oftentimes the “official” translation and the “scanlation” differ greatly, resulting in a great difference of quality and accuracy in translation and image overall and are hilarious. Many blogs have discussed the legal relationship… Read more →

Down the Road of My Ideas

In class this week our discussions revolved around creativity, particularly in the sense of writing. “What It Is” to me explores the idea of what creativity and writing really are, and how we can do it as well. Lynda Barry shows her own way of making a story through her creativity. This sticks out to me in its simpleness, yet… Read more →

Connection of Style and Story

From artist to artist, there have always been stylistic differences in art and literature. Of course different artists have different abilities and styles, but how they use a particular style becomes prevalent in regards to the story they tell. The medium of Graphic Novels is an example of this, as artists/writers not only control the actions of a story through… Read more →

Connection of Style and Story

From artist to artist, there have always been stylistic differences in art and literature. Of course different artists have different abilities and styles, but how they use a particular style becomes prevalent in regards to the story they tell. The medium of Graphic Novels is an example of this, as artists/writers not only control the actions of a story through… Read more →

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