Author: danreit

The Novel in Graphic Novel – Where Do We Draw the Line?

In our discussion of what makes a comic/graphic novel, we looked at several definitions, some of which seemed pretty solid. Scott McCloud, in Understanding Comics defines comics as “juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence intended to convey information and/or to produce an aesthetic response in the viewer.” This is a rather serviceable, if simple and in the case… Read more →

Horror in Comics

The horror genre is a fascinating one, because it aims to do something that is hard to come up with a concrete formula for: scare us. While any story is going to garner different opinions as to whether it is interesting or funny or exciting, there’s nothing as divisive as determining whether or not a story is scary. We all… Read more →

Men in Masks: Identity in Watchmen

One of the major themes in Watchmen that we haven’t discussed much in class yet is identity – how people view themselves and others, and how people alter the way that they are viewed. The most obvious way that Watchmen toys with these concepts is through the use of superheroes. Dan, for example, has a second identity in Nite Owl… Read more →

Without Words, Ambiguity

Both words and pictures have different strengths, and what makes the graphic novel such a mighty format for storytelling is that it combines the two. Die Stadt presents itself entirely through images, and this makes interpreting it an interesting endeavor. Words are powerful tools – they provide names and labels, for one. Die Stadt’s lack of labels for its characters… Read more →