Author: isolemnlyswear

Japanese Manga and Anime influence on American culture vs. American comic influence on Japanese culture

When walking into a library in America, one can look through the comics section and find American comics as well as a very wide range of manga. Manga and anime have had a great influence on American culture and the media that we produce. American comics have also had a influence on Japanese comics and culture. I argue that Japanese… Read more →

Memory and Representation in Maus

When we remember things, we aren’t aware of how much are representations of the past can be altered by time and the discourses surrounding us. Art Spiegelman’s Maus deals with autobiographical recollections of the past. Specifically, Art Spiegelman’s father Vladek provides a narrative about his hardships in Auschwitz. Art presents Vladek’s memories by remembering what his father told him about… Read more →

Transmedia, Superhero Movies and Comic Books

Over the years, storytelling has expanded across multiple types of media. This idea of transmedia content has greatly affected the world of comic books and how we see our favorite characters. These days new superhero movies are coming out every year that bring a light to characters that were only before found in comics. When producing movies like The Avengers… Read more →

The Complexity of What It Is

When I first started reading Lynda Barry’s “What It Is”, I was confused. It was so different to the other books we have read in class and it felt like a scrapbook with no solid point. After reading through it, one theme stuck out to me. Throughout the novel, Lynda Barry asks questions that focus on perspective and images. We… Read more →

Disassembly: Durarara!

This is a panel from the manga adaptation of the anime and light novel, Durarara! Durarara! is about a large cast of characters living in a city with gangs and secrets. The panel on the top is of one of the main characters, Shizuo. He is around 24 years old and works as a bodyguard for the debt collector, Tom… Read more →

Private vs. Public in Die Stadt

There were many different interesting points posed in our discussion in class about Die Stadt by Frans Masereel. Many people have brought up the treatment of women within the city, what the city does to the people within it and if the city could be a graphic novel if it doesn’t contain words. I think the city tells an interesting… Read more →