When we began our discussion of Fun Home, we talked about the rating system of comics. I want to extend this conversation more to some points we did not really go into as much. Being introduced into to graphic novels and comics solely because of this class I had no idea of the rating system. Yes, I knew there was… Read more →
Where in the Universe Did Supergirl Come From?
Origin stories are the staple of any superhero character. You could know nothing about the plot of the comic or the name of the creator, but its almost a guarantee that someone will know the origin story of a major superhero. Almost everyone knows that Superman was the last surviving person from Krypton who crashed landed on Earth to avoid… 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 →
“No Girls Allowed!” – Cartoon Network’s Unofficial Motto for Superheroes
Even though the female audience in comic books and superheroes is becoming more acknowledged these days much of the genre is still geared towards males. Especially when it comes to the television shows and merchandise. This became apparent after the cancellation of Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series on Cartoon Network. Both shows had a dedicated fanbase… Read more →
The Incredible Oversaturation of Superheroes
In 2004 there were five notable comic book superhero films, Spider-Man 2, Blade: Trinity, Catwoman, The Punisher, and Hellboy, as well as one original superhero-inspired film that made far bigger waves than its comic book counterparts, The Incredibles. The Pixar film became a near instant classic to kids and adults alike in hero film flair, soaring in reviews and box office earnings. From… Read more →
The Beauty of the Webcomic
I would like to start out by saying that I have never read any widely circulated popular American comics such as, Superman or Spider-Man. However, that fact aside I have read quite a bit of manga and webcomics over the last few years. And one of the aspects of webcomics that I especially love is seeing how an artist’s art… Read more →
The Comic Auteur
In film studies, one popular concept is known as “auteur theory.” The auteur is classified as the film “artist,” and can be identified in a couple ways. First, the auteur must have a certain style that sets them apart from other directors/ auteurs. This can be seen through many different elements, such as color palette, lighting, use of the same… Read more →
Superheroine: Taking the Lead!
From the creative teams and their readers, to the heroes themselves, the world of comics is filled with men. Why wouldn’t it be? With the dominance of male driven story lines, for years it has seemed as though companies like DC and Marvel could care less about marketing towards women. It is hard to find comics with a strong female… Read more →
Super Hero Time
I have noted a difference between American comic book superheroes and Japanese tokusatsu superheroes. Tokusatsu is a term for live action with special effects, like in the Godzilla movies. Not only is there a difference in the form of media, there is a difference in the way they are presented. In the United States, we have superheroes from DC and… Read more →
Condemning Contemptible Comic Covers Conditionally
“Never judge a book by its cover.” This little moral often gets told in order for a person to not judge according to first impressions. While it is a good idea to do so for the sake of finding diamonds in the rough, reality does not always coincide that way. The biggest reason is that people do not always have… Read more →