Tag: A Contract With God

How do you Solve a Problem like Religion?

Religion has turned into a funny thing. Well, for me anyways. After reading the first part of A Contract with God by Will Eisner, I couldn’t help but see a parallel between your average Christian churchgoer and Frimme Hersh. Being raised in your typical Christian home has all the stereotypical experiences that people general associate with it, such as attending… Read more →

Down To The Letter

Having the opportunity to take part in the creation of a comic has really opened my eyes to the attention-to-detail that creating (and reading) comic texts requires. In traditional texts, every detail can be considered important, down to what beverage the character chooses to have with their breakfast. If the detail was included, the author obviously thought it was important… Read more →

A Deeper Look at CwG

This week, we’ve been looking at Will Eisner’s Contract With God! One of the consistent themes we discussed were the use of visual elements to enhance meaning. I’m going to review some of our discussions on this topic, adding a few of my own examples. One instance of this was the use of lettering to add tone to the words or otherwise enrich… Read more →

Rosie and The Allusion to Female Character Complexity in Will Eisner’s A Contract with God

During class, we briefly discussed Eisner’s portrayal of women in A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories, and someone noted how all the women tend to be either a Madonna figure or the whore. Even though I think that the female characters throughout Eisner’s book are a bit more complex than the traditional good girl/ bad girl stereotypes, they… Read more →

Oh The Things You Will Learn…

Like some of the other bloggers have said lately, I was extremely unsure of how I would feel about this class.  I had never read a comic book in my life. I had never really looked at them and thought, “Hmm…I should check this out”.  But through this class I have developed an interest with them and I will continue… Read more →

Cover Yourself Up: Rape in Comics

In reviewing many of the comics we’ve been presented with in class, such as Watchmen, Sandman,  A Contract With God, and Die Stadt, I’ve noticed a reoccurring theme of rape. In Watchmen, Sally Jupiter is the victim of attempted rape from one of her fellow heroes. In Sandman the Greek muse Calliope is raped by one of her captors. In… Read more →

A Misleading Predator

Will Eisner’s “A Contract with God,” features one story in particular that I found the character’s to be displayed in reversed lights. The two main characters that are primarily the focal point in the story are The Super and Rosie whose relationship develops into a surprising twist. Before going into the relationship, I believe it is helpful to breakdown each… Read more →

Watch Them Watch Me: Voyeurism and Exhibitionism in A Contract With God

In A Contract With God, Will Eisner employs voyeurism and exhibitionism to make statements about urban life, humanity and the human condition, the relationship between artist and reader, and in the traditional sense of the words, sexuality. Voyeurism is at the heart of urban life in Eisner’s tenements.  Everyone is packed together to the point that privacy disappears and a… Read more →

Contract with God and the Problem of Evil

For as long as the idea of god has existed, humanity has tried to reason out what God is and is not. How does God operate, what are his/her/its characteristics? There are many different theories about God but for the purposes of this blog post I will address the God that Frimme Hersh encounters, the theistic God. The major Abrahamic… Read more →