Author: ebeard

Where’s the War?

I have to admit, I have struggled a bit with The Great War. It’s difficult for me, as someone so thoroughly obsessed with words, to find extra-textual meaning in something that has no text. On Thursday, Dr. Whalen said something that made a lot of sense to me, and actually helps my interpretations of the novel. He said that it was… Read more →

Watching Asterios

The two major graphic novels that we’ve read this semester are Watchmen and Asterios Polyp (I’m not counting What It Is because we used it more as a tool for fostering creativity than a novel to analyze). While both of these novels are amazing in their own right, only one of them was written as though the author has a grasp on human nature. I am… Read more →

This Comic Moves!

I am the first to admit that my exposure to comics is very limited. I always enjoyed reading them in the newspaper when I was a kid, but I didn’t read comic books or graphic novels at all, but the more I think about it the more I realize that there is one exception: I love cartoons. Whether a cartoon… Read more →

I’m sorry, but not really

I’d say I hate to bring up misogyny in Watchmen, but I really don’t. I certainly hate that it’s there. I hate that it needs to be discussed. I do not hate that I am bringing it up again. The discussion we had in class was much-needed, and had some very well thought out arguments, but it is one of those… Read more →

More Than a Pretty Picture

It probably goes without saying that graphic novels are under-appreciated in academia, but graphic novels are also a vast untapped resource for the educational community. Many of the “Great Classics” taught at a high school level struggle to hold student attention, or even worse, students have a difficult time even comprehending what these novels and stories are about. Graphic novels often… Read more →

For Kids?

I grew up watching cartoons with my dad. I always wondered why he enjoyed it so much. As a young adult, I look back at cartoons I watched as a child, and realize that my enjoyment of them is not just limited to the rush of nostalgia. Little Nemo reminded me forcefully of just how adult children’s entertainment can be.… Read more →