Category: Reflection

Almost for Children: The Whimsy and Morbid in Emily Carroll’s “Through the Woods”

I could not resist the temptation of picking up Emily Carroll’s graphic novel “Through the Woods” this past weekend. I’ve always been a fan of children’s books with a slightly morbid twist, one of my favorites being Alvin Schwartz’s “Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark” which is arguably a hauntingly terrifying book for children to read. Carroll’s work is just… Read more →

Fun Home: A Reflection on Family

The first time I ever heard about Fun Home was in reference to the Broadway musical when I was last in New York City visiting my brother. And though we were never able to win lottery tickets to go see it over the summer for an affordable price, we still plan on going to see it at some point in… Read more →

The Duck Comic

During our Wed. class we were separated into groups and assigned to recreate a page from the Donald Duck vacation comic. The actual frames in the comic look like they would be easy to do. One has Donald and a Deer butting heads while another has a Bear running away from a fallen camera. The mechanics of the scenes appear… Read more →

Are graphic novels inherently dark?

An interesting point of similarity between all the stories we have read so far is the darkness or negativity found in each story. Up until this point every graphic novel we have discussed in class has had a dark nature at least in a point of it. To prove this point that I see as being so pervasive let me… Read more →

It’s a Lot Harder Than It Looks

After learning that one of our major assignments for this class was to create our own comics, I wasn’t all that excited. It’s not that I struggle with being creative or creating story lines and characters – I just wasn’t all that pumped to have to turn these thoughts into something that was primarily visual. We had a lot of… Read more →

Stress on top of stress

In Evelyn’s reflection of “Seen and not…Read?” I couldn’t help but agree with her. We really did have so many different ideas for our comic and we really were excited to delve into our ideas to show the class what we had in mind but like she mentioned, “it made me realize that while graphic novels give the writer incredible… Read more →

Seen and not…Read?

When it comes to writing – short stories, poems, books – I’ve never had an issue with creating my characters, building my plot, imagining a setting. With this web comic, though, that was surprisingly difficult. With this, not only did I have to help create an entire story, but I had to use something other than words – art. Which… Read more →

Donald Duck Fever

So, this week has really had my mind in the gutter. Specifically the shapes of gutters in comics. And since we’ve been talking about Donald Duck and those comics, it’s been really interesting where my mind jumps with other panel breaks and how those are seen as serious versus funny etc. The discussion in class and the assignment for Wednesday… Read more →

Diary of a Chronic Doodler

I’ve always liked doodling, and even made a comic series in high school that was purely for the amusement of me and my friends. We were the characters and my friends were always making suggestions about what their characters should be doing. I found it annoying at the time, it was my comic, I was the main character (of course), but when working on… Read more →