Author: cmalec

Diary of a Chronic Doodler

I’ve always liked doodling, and even made a comic series in high school that was purely for the amusement of me and my friends. We were the characters and my friends were always making suggestions about what their characters should be doing. I found it annoying at the time, it was my comic, I was the main character (of course), but when working on… Read more →

Breaking Free From the Comics Code

In 1954, the Comics Magazine Association of America formed the Comics Code Authority (CCA), an alternative system to government regulation that allowed comic book publishers to self-regulate the content of their comic books in the U.S. The code was commonly called “the Comics Code,” it was widely used until the early 2000s. Comic publishing companies would submit their comics to the CCA, who would… Read more →

Akira: Neo-Tokyo

In class we discussed how Akira is a major influence on other works of manga and comics. There are many different themes that could be examined, but the one that stuck with me the most is Neo-Tokyo. The idea of Tokyo being involved in a major catastrophe and rebuilt with a new name is prominent in several anime and manga, but two… Read more →

Comics as a Medium

Unlike painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, comics aren’t necessarily made of any one material. They are more of a collage. Bill Kartalopoulos, the series editor for The Best American Comics, wrote that “comics represent a conceptual strategy that can embrace all kinds of artwork into its method.” One of the best examples of the collage style in comics, and the most literal, is What… Read more →

Dr. Manhattan Needs to Suit Up

I entered the universe of Watchmen knowing only one thing: there’s a naked blue man. Beyond that I knew nothing of the plot, other characters, or how to say Rorschach (when he was called ‘Raw Shark’ was one of my favorite parts). Three chapters in I was frustrated with all the characters (mostly with Dr. Manhattan), I found that none of them… Read more →

Reading “The City” by Masereel was a nice way to start the class. I liked easing into things by looking at each picture, though I did find myself searching for some sort of story line and felt a little disconnected from the work because of its apparent lack of one. As an English major, I automatically look for that connection,… Read more →

Scott Pilgrim vs. the Big Screen

As early as 1944, Marvel Worldwide Inc. has been adapting their graphic novels and characters into live-action films. The films based on Marvel Comics are currently being produced by Marvel Studios. All three companies are subsidiaries of Marvel Entertainment, whose parent company is The Walt Disney Company. Confusing, right? Not all graphic novels that are published and adapted into films are done by an… Read more →