Author: ellery

Censorship and Trigger Warnings

Our first day discussing Fun Home centered more on how we should treat censorship, book banning, and all that jazz. Many of my classmates seemed to think we need a rating system for books like we have for movies, the concern being that children will be exposed to more sexually graphic material before they are mature enough. I think that… Read more →

Abstract/Nonrepresentational Comics

It is difficult to define abstract comics as many of them are non-representational. In Tim Gaze’s article, “A Quick Introduction to Abstract Comics” rather than trying to define abstract comics, he lists a few of the ways a comic can be abstract. Irregular frames, no frames, no definable panels, altering the use of speech and thought bubbles. The symbols used… Read more →

Reflections on the Beginning of Fun Home

Having left this assignment till the last minute and becoming thoroughly bored with class discussions on Akira, I will write this reflection on Fun Home. We have not started to talk about this novel yet in class, but I have started reading it and find that I like it much better than Akira. Akira was great, but it wasn’t anything… Read more →

New Webcomics from Kraken Studios

Artist/writer, but more importantly my brother, W. Parker Hinson has always drawn comics. I remember as a child giggling helplessly over post-it note flipbooks of stick-figure ninjas and farting rabbits. His storylines have since improved and now he is beginning several webcomics in collaboration with his friends, Caitlin Mitchell (aka Kitty), Martin Delacruz, and Daniel L. Meany. Their team and… Read more →

What ‘What It Is’ Is

When my copy of What It Is arrived in the mail, I flipped through a few pages and immediately thought that this was going to be the kind of book hipsters go nuts over. It appeared to be a series of collages without a plot or a running theme, which is exactly the kind of thing hipster will pause from… Read more →

Bukowski and Crumb

  Robert Crumb is a cartoonist known for his controversial illustrations. He is often compared to Will Eisner in his depiction of the human condition. During an LSD filled period of Crumb’s life he came up with several characters including Mr. Natural, Angelfood McSpade, and Mr. Snoid. Crumb was a leading force in the start of underground comics. He began… Read more →

Rosie and The Super

In our class discussion on Will Eisner’s A Contract With God, people seemed most concerned with Eisner’s representation of sex, especially in “The Super.” Everyone seemed to agree that the super acted wrongly when he paid Rosie a nickel to see under her dress. However, the class seemed divided on whether or not Rosie is a temptress or a victim.… Read more →

SEX Gets People’s Attention

Flipping through your older sibling’s dirty novels to find the steamy sex scenes becomes a much simpler task for a curious tween when their older sibling reads graphic novels. First, you don’t have to bother reading; you can just see what is happening on each page. And second, graphic novels are full of sex. Sex gets people’s attention.   Miss… Read more →