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A new appreciation for the graphic novel

As our comics are wrapping up this week and we are presenting them on Friday, I feel it necessary to reflect on the process and my newly acquired appreciation of writers and artists that construct the graphic novel. At the first thought of constructing the comic I thought it would be just an overall fun experience. Although it has been… Read more →

Asterios Polyp: Better in Theory Than in Practice

Throughout my reading of  Asterios Polyp, I was struck by the occasionally overwhelming level of content and stimulus included by Mazzucchelli on each page.  The multitude of characters (all bearing names and nicknames with potential symbolic meaning) go about their lives (often in completely different settings from page to page [including dream-worlds and imaginary depictions of their perspectives]), being occasionally… Read more →

Take Back the Comics

Last Tuesday, in what was perhaps the most impassioned and content-driven conversations of our class thus far, we discussed the implications of a feminist reading of Watchmen and its characters.  Our discussion was civil and lively, with many students engaging the text critically in way that had been somewhat lacking up to that point.  It was a fruitful discussion that… Read more →

Why so Sad Charlie Brown?

I am fairly new to the genre of comics and graphic novels. The only time I ever read them were in a newspaper out of boredom; I never put much thought into how they were stories similar to a novel, just much shorter. The more I started to think about comic strips as graphic novels I saw similarities to different… Read more →