Author: isoble

Fun Home – Art/Text

After completing Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, I found it to be an incredibly insightful and intriguing read. The autobiography has won many awards, proving it to be accepted and read by many. However, it has also run into issues regarding underlying themes, such as pedophilia, gay and lesbian characters, and nudity. I don’t believe this book has great amounts… Read more →

Are Newspaper Comics Dead?

The death of print has been unavoidable for some time now. Many newspaper companies have had massive layoffs over the past ten years. They are losing more and more subscribers and the cost to print is becoming far more than the money made.   The New Orleans Times announced layoffs of three dozen employees recently; the Los Angeles Times is… Read more →

Akira – Americanization

Manga is a Japanese word meaning “comics” and “cartooning.” It is a type of comic either made in Japan or by a Japanese artist. The style was developed in Japan in the late 19th century; influenced by earlier Japanese art, manga can cover all book genres and is read by varying audiences. Typically, manga is read backwards to an American… Read more →

Is Appropriation Appropriate?

Appropriation in art is using pre-existing objects or images with little to no modification applied to them. It is the intentional borrowing, copying, and alteration of pre-existing images. When an artist appropriates images, it can result in copyright issues. One famous example is Andy Warhol, the artist behind the Campbell’s Soup painting campaign. Warhol appropriated the image and brand, Campbell’s.… Read more →

Defining the Picture Book

Manga is a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels. They are sold readily at bookstores that also sell American comics. Manga is read opposite of the way we read American comics, many first time readers find it confusing. These Japanese comics might be stylized and read differently due to the way japan reads and writes but there is… Read more →

When Creating a Comic…

When looking to begin the creation of a comic book, many people don’t know where to look for the basics. Scott McCloud authored abook called Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art in order to help those looking to make their own comic books, delving into what makes them a unique medium. McCloud goes through the beginning of how to not only draw,… Read more →

Reflection on the Metaphor in Comic Art

In Eisner’s The Street Singer, the reader is shown a seemingly homeless man singing in the alleyways for money. The graphics start off with harsh lines, deep shadows and the narration winds its way through the comic. The written words are place within the pictures, sometimes centered and sometimes overlapping with the drawings. In the story, the beggar is given… Read more →

Influencing Comics: The Desire to Appropriate Art

Across all mediums of art, artists draw influence from their predecessors. The Beatles influenced today’s modern music, the Pyramids influenced modern-day architecture, and in the world of comics, the marks of other literary pieces are splashed on every page. Bone is a comic book series written and drawn by Jeff Smith and is highly regarded comic series. It ran as… Read more →