Tag: persepolis

Un-framed Potential: Persepolis

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novel that follows Satrapi’s life as a child growing up during the Iranian war.   The majority of the book is drawn in standard rectangle panels with gutters between them. Any deviation in this pattern calls attention to the speed or intention of the lack of frame.   These particular pages are an… Read more →

Politics in the Form of Comics: Appropriate?

Political cartoons can be dated back to the 18th century, originating as part of the editorial column. However, along with simple single panel cartoons, politics has been taken to a grander scale such as Persepolis or Maus. Both of these graphic novels have become world famous for their distinct perception of reality. To put the Iranian Revolution and the Holocaust… Read more →

Snapping the Undertone of “Graphic Novels”

I recently switched my major from a hard science to Communications and Digital Studies. Now into my junior year, I’m a little tight on time in terms of completing my new found major. While registering for classes, ENGL 386: The Graphic Novel popped onto my radar as a class that seemed 1) interesting and 2) a major elective. I enrolled. … Read more →

Color; or, Lack Thereof

When it comes to graphic novels, something that always seemed incredibly striking to me was the amount of color being thrown into your face. I mean, look at this cover of a classic Superman comic: So much color that the fact that Superman is literally breaking chains kind of gets away from the viewer. You’re drawn to the giant, white number one,… Read more →

History Courses should use Graphic Novels as their “required” Textbooks

History is a fascinating and interesting topic. Students learn about the developments of their own countries, the cultures that have come about, the inventions that we see today, the understanding of our civilizations, and the wars that seem to never end. While history can teach us all of that and more, there are a few limitations. History is taught differently… Read more →

Why Large-Scale Conflict fits Graphic Novel Genre

In my short time studying Graphic Novels, I’ve noticed a trend in which many storytellers are choosing to describe large-scale conflict in the style of a comic. The most recent example of this practice is David Axe’s new graphic novel, Army of God: Joseph Kony’s War in Central Africa.  The book was released in March, according to The Guardian, and… Read more →