08 November 2009
The movie really reminded me of Batman. It reminded me of Batman because they both wanted revenge for what happen in their past, so they become this masked vigilante in order to achieve this. Along with that, everyone in the society was corrupt and there were very few people you could trust. Also there was a woman involved in both movies that each masked man wanted to be with.
I read everybody’s blog and it didn’t really seem like anyone enjoyed it very much. I thought it was awesome. The storyline was great and it really made me want to keep watching the movie. I think that it is definitely a movie worth buying.
The movie states out with a young women walking over to one of her friends houses, one night and on her way she is stopped by men working for the high chancellor. She is put into a life and death situation when out of nowhere a man in a mask who calls himself V rescues the young woman Evey Hammond and an unlikely bond between the two emerges which results with Evey becoming Vs ally. Evey learns a general summary of V's past and, after a time, decides to help him bring down those who committed the atrocities that led to Britain being in the shape that it is in.
The movie is set in Britain which is filled with torture cells, unfair punishments, and prejudice against minorities. However in the mist of all this chaos, one man known only by the name V dares to stand up to the government and is said to be as a terrorist. V has a passion for justice and he also is bitter and has his own personal hatred of the government for something they did to him long ago. As November the 5th, the day V says he and those who will follow him will stand up to the government once and for all approaches, a detective named Detective Finch becomes more and more determined to uncover the truth about V, however his search leads him to ask to question whether or not he is on the right side.
The movie ends with V convincing Mr. Creedy to bring him the High Chancellor by offering up himself in exchange. After V has Creedy promptly kill the Chancellor, Creedy then orders his men to kill V. V, having worn the armor breastplate from the suit of armor survives multiple gunshots, and proceeds to kill all of Creedy's men, finally killing Mr. Creedy. At this point V have been viciously wounded and there is no question wither or not he was going to die from the attack. V staggers back to Evey, only to die in her arms. Evey places his body on the London Underground Tram, surrounded by roses, but just as Evey is getting ready to pull the switch to send V’s body and the explosives towards parliament Inspector Finch reaches the abandoned station and tries to convince Evey otherwise. However, he has a revelation, and allows Evey to send the train. Outside, the citizens of London are all wearing V’s costume and rapidly advancing towards the Parliament building. The military, now at a loss after Mr. Creedy's death, does not stop them. The explosive tram collides with the Parliament, and completely destroys the building. Evey and the Inspector watch the fantastic explosion, and Evey tells the inspector how V truly is an ideal, and can never truly die, as long as all of mankind longs for freedom.
I can’t say I liked this movie all too much, I did find it interesting however. I was a little disappointed that the movie was rated R because I do not watch rated R movies. I had seen this movie on T.V. so I found little desire to watch it again.
V’s character is an escapee from an insane asylum that is run by Norsefire. V is badly treated and ends up getting severely burned all over his body. He is seeking revenge from those people who treated him this way and most and his final plan is to free the people by blowing up the Parliaments. He is recognized by wearing a white, smiling mask with long black hair, and a cape. Evey, I guess you could say is sort of a side kick to V’s plan, but like most movies both V and Evey end up falling in love at the end of the movie, before V is brutally shot and dies in Evey’s arms. Evey tells V that she doesn’t want to live in fear anymore from her awful experiences as a child. The only way that V knows how to fix this problem is make her go through the some of the same processes that he had to go through in the insane asylum. In the end, what V did to her worked and she was no longer afraid of what was going to happen to her and if she was ever going to get caught for working with a terrorist. V’s plan worked, in the end he ends up killing the high chancellor, Sutler and all of the rest of the people who tortured him in the asylum. V dies before he can finish his task of blowing up the Parliaments. Evey decides that she needs to finish it for V and to give the people hope. Parliament is blown to pieces and V’s life work is accomplished, the people make a stand, wearing V’s same mask as they storm parliament’s grounds.
I have honestly never heard of this movie and was not really impressed. I wish that there was a little bit more to V’s background and of what happened at the insane asylum. I am not quite sure why he does exactly what he does. Yes, I understand that he is seeking revenge, but there has to be more of a reason to kill everybody that he does. I think that most of the time the colors in the movie were so dark that I couldn’t really see the fight scenes or some of the action that is taking place. I kind of don’t understand the story, but am glad that I have seen it and will probably only ever watch it this one time. I don’t know if I would really recommend it to anyone.
07 November 2009
I had never seen this movie before and I liked it. It was a nice change from normal hero movies. The hero is a bad guy in a sense but he fights for the people. I would compare this movie to Robin hood because both men fight for what is right.
06 November 2009
As the movie is a production from the comic book "V for Vendetta", written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd, the story follows a terrorist, also known as "V", who is seeking revenge from being tortured in a concentration camp controlled by Norsefire. Not only is Britain being led by Norsefire's high chancellor, Adam Sutler, but Britain society is turning into totalitarian, of which V is trying to bring to an end. In order for V to apply his aspirations of freeing Britain, he claims that on the fifth of November he will destroy the Houses of Parliament and he advises the people of Britain to rise against the government so they can gain back their independence. Alongside of V is Evey, who helps save V's life on the occasion and of course every movie needs a love story. The two not only help each other with their fears but they fall in love; however, they will never be able to be with one another as V dies after being brutally shot. The movie ends with fireworks spreading across the sky while Evey explains that V is in every one of us, as we are all him.
V for Vendetta is a good film. Actually, I think the story is much better, but isn't it always? I wouldn't recommend the movie by saying it is the best action/adventure movie, but I'd suggest it is a good movie to watch on a Friday night when you have nothing better to do. The acting was alright, Evey, played by Natalie Portman, did a fine job and probably the best job; although, I think she could work on her British accent a little bit. Overall, I'm glad I didn't watch V for Vendetta in theaters because I would have been disappointed. Watching it on DVD was enough to say, "That was an alright movie."
27 October 2009
The art in both the stories is mostly black and white stencil. The facial expressions of the mice were very simple. But in Artie's comic, the characters have very creepy expressions. The comic is very abstract and the black and white colors enhance the expressions.
20 October 2009
“Maus” is comparable to “Our Cancer Year” since the art is in black and white. But that’s it. The particular art in “Maus” is well done and clear. Each character is easily identifiable considering “Our Cancer Year’s” art has dark ink and a lot of lines where I couldn’t tell the character’s apart. Also, I noticed that the art in “Maus” didn’t have any emotion; there weren’t any tears rolling down the mice’s face and I wouldn’t have been able to read any emotion if it weren’t for their hands covering their faces when they were sad. It isn’t a bad thing because I suppose that helped the clarity of the pictures. Which reminds me, I remember in class Professor Villarreal mentioned animal metamorphoses…at least I think that’s what the word was, “metamorphoses.” Well, while I’m on that subject I’ve been thinking why on earth would Jews be represented as mice and the Natzi be represented by cats? As I began to think more deeply, I came up with the idea that perhaps the Jews were considered to be mice because they were seen as a plague to the Nazi. Cats chase mice because they want to eat them. A cat chase mouse sort of game; thus, maybe Spiegelman was trying to add emphasis on the superiority that the Nazis wanted to have over the Jews. I could be way off here, but there’s an idea that I’ve wanted to get off my chest.
Anywho! “Maus” stood out from the past comics we’ve read not only because I got emotionally attached but also because the story had a nice flow and there was a lot of depth. The autobiography told a story that wasn’t boring or hard to follow; unlike past comics we’ve read, I understood everything that was happening and I didn’t find myself getting bored. I’m disappointed it was only chapter five that we were assigned to read. I know “Maus” won the Pulitzer Prize for a reason, but in order to see that reason, reading more will only help accomplish that.
19 October 2009
The comic goes into the past to 1943. It begins to tell the story of the transporting of the Jew to the concentration camps. The Nazis began to take Jews to a ghetto in Srouda. Anja becomes informed of this by her brother-in-law and is asked to be moved. Art's father, Vladek, moves his family inside a empty home. However, Vladek and his family is caught due to the probability that another Jew snitched on him. But, Vladek is smart by befriending some of the Nazi soldiers. Finally, Vladek is released by the soldier for a randsom paid by his cousin Haskel. However, Haskel is sneaky and corrupt and gets Anja's family killed.
Vladek and Art arrive at a bank. Vladek claims Art as his heir to his valuables after he dies. The story ends with his father crying of his dead wife. Maus was a very orginial tale. It is an exact account of the war for the Jews. I thought it was great and refreshing orginial. The idea of Jews being mice was very different. This is also a very somber story when refering to Art and his father Vladek. I could definitely read more of this story.
I can’t imagine this happening to anyone. I really liked this comic because it was about something that really happened. I’m not very good in history classes, but I think I would enjoy learning history through a comic rather then reading regular history books. I thought this was the best comic we read so far because it addressed real issues that made the reader want to continue reading
Later, Vladek and Artie begin walking to the bank when Artie asked his father “what happened to you and Anja after the big selection at the stadium?” His father’s response was: “Well, for a time it was everything quiet. Then in 1943 came an order: All Jews what are left in Sosnowiec must go to live in an old village nearby called srodula.” Srodula was a holding camp for the Jews that were going to eventually go to Auschwitz. Artie and his father began talking about what happened and how his father had to make hide-a-ways for his family so that the guards wouldn’t find them and haul them away. Vladek talked of how they had no food and how the Germans would take the small children and those who were crying they would throw them against the wall to make them stop crying. The conditions were horrible.
Even though Vladek and his wife Anja paid off the guard to get their nephew, parents and each other out, only Vladek, his wife and his nephew were saved. Anja’s parents were taken and immediately put into the gas chambers. As time went on, Vladek and Anja were saved because they were taken to a bunker by Vladek’s cousin and decided that they would rather starve then go out and give themselves to the guards or get shot. They waited for a long time and decided that it was safe to leave. Those who had waited with them went their separate ways and survived the holocaust. Anja killed herself years later and Vladek remarried. Vladek gave all of his savings to Artie because he was worried that he was going to die of a heart attack. The story ends with Artie and his father leaving the bank and going home.
This story really touched me. I really like that the Jews were represented as mice. It made the story seem a little lighter, then so serious but it was still very depressing. The art work was well done, but the thing that stood out to me the most was how the words were put together. It made Vladek seem quite illiterate, but also proved the point that he had grown up living in the ghetto and had no time to properly learn how to speak and read. It made the situation seem more real and trying.
I really liked this comic. I think I read the sequel of this reading. I liked that Art Spiegelman used mice to represent the Jews. I think it softened the harsher parts of the comic. One of the parts I thought were really harsh to read about was the part when the Gestapo men took the small children and smashed them against the wall. I think it is easier to imagine this happening to animals rather than humans. I also think this is a children’s book and I think they would understand the terminology of cats preying on mice and be able to relate it to the Gestapo preying on the Jews. Something I was thinking…Maybe Art Spiegelman used animals to represent the Germans and Jews because it is easier to imagine animals treating each other like how the Gestapo treated the Jews, rather than human beings treating each other that way. It’s hard to imagine people treating other people like how the Gestapo treated the Jews. It almost seems unreal and something that would be made up for horror stories. Maybe Jews running around hiding and how they were treated also made the Jews relatable to animals. I don’t know, these are just some of my thoughts. I would like to know why Art Spiegelman used mice and cats to tell his story…
Prisoner of the Hell Planet reminded me of My Year of Cancer. I didn’t like the art in the Prisoner of the Hell Planet, just like I didn’t like the art in My Year of Cancer. The people look weird and crazy. I think the art compliments the mood of the comic just like in My year of Cancer reading. It helps to tell the story and set the tone of the reading. They still look weird and crazy though...
I liked the combination of words and pictures in this comic, I think they complimented each other well. I felt like the words were the dominant medium telling the story.
18 October 2009
I really liked this reading. It pulled me into it, because it was something so real. There wasn't any, "sugar coding" as there is on usual stories of this sort. I really liked how he let us know how Tosha had to take the childrens lives. That part in the story really grabbed me and pulled me further into the story. I also liked the way his father would speak. His sentence structure is really someting else. However, my favorite thing in the entire story is the quote from Hitler. "The Jews are undoubtly a race, but they are not human" (Artie introduction). This automatically blew me away. It is a, truelly a great comic.
The comic shows Artie much older in his bed with his wife, talking on the phone with Mala about his father. His father then gets on the phone and asks Artie if he could come down to his house and help him with the drainage pipe. Artie says he can’t make it and is very sorry. The comic explains that he feels pressure from his father because he can’t do anything right in his eyes. A week later Artie goes to go see his father. When he gets there Artie’s father seems very mad at him. He goes to talk to Mala about it and finds out that he read one of his old comics he made. The comic was pretty much about Arties life. It was very personal. It talked about his mom committing suicide and how hard it was on him and his dad. His dad comes up from down stairs and Artie apologizes about the comic, and they talk about Anja (his mom). His dad forgives him and asks him to go with him to the bank. On the way to the bank the father starts telling Artie a story about his mother and him in the war.
His father tells him a lot of stuff that happened and what he went through. Artie did not realize the things his father had to go through and what he witnessed. He talks about making bunkers so that the Germans could not find them. He talks about how everyday he would get news about one of his close friends dying. One evening they received a visitor who claimed to be a father searching for food for his wife and kid. They sent him away with a little bit of food in the morning. Only to find out that that man was an informer, and later in the afternoon he rated them out to the Germans. They took them to a room with other prisoners. He tried to escape and help other escape but his plan did not work and Anja’s parents died. He continues telling stories about his days in the “ghetto” and how he found his way to survive along with Anja.
I enjoyed this comic. I learned a lot. I felt really bad for Arties father. He had gone through a lot. In the comic you can tell that their relationship between father and son grows a lot stronger as Artie begins to realize what his father went through. This comic was touching.
This has to be my favorite comic so far. It is a real life story of someones journey. It was very realistic and got me involved as if I was right there in those bunkers. The names and the translation of certain sentences were a little confusing however, the story was great. This is a comic that I could read some more of. the art was not as great as I would have liked it to be but I feel that was the point. I feel that it was not that great so it did not take away from the story, it just added a little more to it.
16 October 2009
Our Cancer Year is a very originial piece. It over a lot of dry humor. Unfortuntately to me I think all of the humor is darn near entirely not need. Cancer is a very serious discussion. It is weird to read about a situation and people disrespecting the doctor. And the doctor has the nerve to ask his patient pricing on a house? I hate reading somber stories with situations like that.
Let down, frustrated, unhappy, disenchanted? Which synonym for disappointment would you prefer? After reading this comic about cancer I was about ready to throw it away. For such a serious topic, this comic handled cancer as if it was trivial. I am very disappointed with it. I wouldn’t read this comic, or any other comic by published by Thunder’s Mouth Press, again. If I wanted to read a comic that inconsiderably discussed cancer and its’ effects I would talk to a child who knew nothing about it.
I understand the problems and the effects of cancer, and also what the comic was trying to convey—but it was done badly. I don’t think the seriousness was in the comic, and it could have been a lot more considerable and better. The clarity of the art was lacking (the people and faces all seemed to have changed and at times were terrifying to look at) and the language was casual. Of which, the grammar was wrong! “Cancer,” “tumor,” “admissions,” do those REALLY need quotation marks? Doubt it. Unless it was being sarcastic…and if it was then that is only more offensive.
In a few sentences, the comic was about a man, Harvey, who was only going to the hospital for surgery. However, during surgery the doctor noticed he had a tumor which happened to be Lymphoma. Moving along a few pages, his wife, Joyce, finds ways of coping with the scary thought that her husband’s cancer has spread through out his body. Together, Harvey and Joyce go through anguish, anger, and acceptance. Eventually, the comic ends…and that’s it. I don’t’ really know what happens next, except
Ya know, but maybe that’s the best way to end the comic after it pretty much ended my night. Well, perhaps I am overreacting, but I really didn’t like this comic…and it’s always fun to spice it up a bit by purposely bashing a comic. ;)
15 October 2009
This comic is scary. I don’t like looking at the pictures because the people scare me and they look like predators. I was trying to only focus on the speech balloons, but the faces were so eye catching.
I think this is a very typical story on cancer. My mom had a tumor and the doctors said if they didn’t find the tumor when they did my mom would be either retarded or dead. This comic is similar to what my mom and my family went through. The doctors didn’t know what was wrong with her, so they told her that she just had the flu. She kept going in to see the doctors and they treated her badly and no one gave her the time of day. They thought that she was faking an illness. Finally by accident, after several cat scans, the doctors found a tumor on my mom’s brain. My mom handled the news her way and the rest of my family handled it another. It caused a lot of tension within our family because my mom felt like we didn’t care about her and we didn’t know how to talk to her and explain that we were just worried. Many people came to our families aid and shared their stories about beating cancer or different ways to deal.
I think this comic is helpful. Unless you have had an experience with illnesses and cancer I don’t think anyone will really understand the importance of this comic. I think this comic is trying to explain the steps of what someone with cancer should do. The comic talks about cat scans, the machine that will find the cancer. Bad doctors or doctors that don’t seem like they care. It talks about how people with cancer deals with their situation and how family members deal with the situation because each will deal with them differently. It addresses the tension cancer can cause within families because everyone is dealing with the situation in their own way. The comic has an 800 number to call for more information and guidance on cancer. Another important issue this comic talks about is how people with cancer notice other cases, but weren’t aware of them before.
I didn't appreciate the art...haha...
Harvey goes into surgery and as Joyce is enjoying her warm cup of coffee when Dr. Cantor comes towards her and explains that Harvey really has lymphoma, which is a type of tumor in his lymph nodes. Joyce is freaking out when the Dr. Cantor basically walks away leaving her with a lot of unanswered questions. When Joyce finally gets to see Harvey they are both very worried and need some more information on what kind of tumor Harvey has. It is really funny because Joyce gets really frustrated and says, “No. We need to talk to his doctor. Who left. We don’t know what’s going on. Get Cantor back here…GET HIM BACK HERE NOW.” The picture changes when she is yelling to get the doctor back in there and the sketch of her face is quite scary and disturbing. After they find out that they must get a cat scan they both go home and must wait at least 10 days before they know any kind of results.
Harvey gets the CAT scan and then it randomly jumps to Joyce getting after Harvey for carrying cinder blocks to the car for their new house. Harvey has a break down and throws the cinder blocks into the wall and out of the house. Joyce runs out of the house and into her car, when her landlords show up for an appointment that Joyce forgot about. Joyce won’t let them in the house and they get a little put out because she won’t let them in the house. They finally decide that it is okay that they wait to see the apartment to give Joyce a break for what is going on with her husband.
This next part really confused me and I have absolutely no idea why it is even in the story. Joyce goes and checks on the carpenter Stephanie and they start talking about her ex husband and how she is no longer pregnant. Then it goes to some other person who talks about recycling the “lumber” in the old apartment and then to incubators and a pediatric nurse that wants to become some electrician. Then there is this random comment about smoking and who cares about Harvey because he already has cancer. Freakin random!!
This comic was so weird and I really got confused in certain parts. All of the pictures make the people look angry all of the time. What did the brother at the beginning of the story have to do with Harvey’s cancer problem. Also, what did the carpenter and old wood boards have anything to do with the whole story. We never find out if Harvey has more tumors or if he is going to live. The story just ends at a really random place and I can’t figure out how any parts of the story really fit together to make a story. Weird and random reading.
The Doctor touches basis with Harvey and tells him that he has Lymphoma and that they need to set up a cat scan for him. The family is scared and really mad at the doctor for leaving them without any information. Nurses try to ease the family’s burdens by giving them information that the CAT scan will show them if Harvey has more cancer.
Harvey is scared and starts to write a will in case he dies. Joyce calls one of her friends to help her relax. The friend tells her to call a cancer hot line to answer any questions that she might have. She calls the cancer hot line and they answer all of the questions she has along with easing her burdens. Harvey gets his cat scan and they find out that the cancer has not spread and the cancer is only in one lymph Node.
Harvey and Joyce have decided to keep on moving on in life and continue with moving out of their old apartment. Joyce tries to help Harvey with moving out some heavy cinder blocks but Harvey won’t let her. He has a little tizzy fit and throws the cider blocks.
This is where I get a little lost in the comic. Joyce goes to the new house to check in with the carpenter. The carpenter tells Joyce a story about her ex and how she is pregnant. They then begin to talk about recycling wood from the old apartment, and how the carpenter used to be a pediatric nurse. Then they start talking about how the carpenter might have breast cancer. Then the comic goes back to Harvey talking to one of his friends about his doctor and how he asked him about real estate. It then goes back to Joyce and Stephanie the carpenter who knows what.
This comic was WEIRD!!! I have no idea what Joyce’s brother Tod had anything to do with the comic. Nor did I know what Stephanie the carpenter had anything to do with it. The beginning of the comic made perfect since but towards the end it lost me.
This comic in my personal opinion was a good comic. The comic is just about normal people having to deal with this major shock of cancer. It shows how they change the way they act and feel after finding out this major news. People actually act like this when you find out something major as having cancer. When you hear that someone you know has cancer its a shock. You get all these thoughts of sadness and being afraid. I have seen these feelings in someone close to me when they found out someone near them had cancer. Yes that emotion was stronger because they had just lost another family member to cancer not to long ago. Just to fact of them finding out that something could be cancer scared them. Also it scares everyone and makes everyone think of what is happening around them. No one knows what is gonna happen in their lifes. This comic shows it perfect of normal people with love, anger, sadness, and shock over something that can be life changing.
I honestly did not pay much attention to the art work. I dont know if it did not have enough color for me, if the lines were too much or if the art work just wasn't good. However, I didnt pay much attention to it. It seemed very simplistic.
Now for the the story, I got confused a little bit with trying to go along with it. After reading it and understanding it, the story was not bad. It wasnt something necessarily that I would have picked but having these people with cancer and dealing with real life situations was interesting to me and keeped me wanting to read more. I would have thought it would have ended a little better. It seems as if they didnt finish the story. All in all, I felt the comic was just ok.
This comic was almost a short soap opera. The drama that takes place concerning to cancer and Joyce not getting any help, creates an interesting comic. I liked how the illustrations were set up. They were simple drawings but the focus was on the facial features. Every time a character was mad, I was able to see the anger through the scowls. This comic reminded me of the comics in the newspapers. The simple stencil work is the same as a newspaper. The thoughts of each character were always given as well. Written words spelling out "Cancer", expressing what Joyce and Harvey were thinking about. I enjoyed this comic.
14 October 2009
I thought that this reading was funny and corny. What cracked me up the most was the part where Harvey is freaking out about being late, Joyce tells him “Don’t Worry. Cantor really, really wants to slice and dice you. The guys a known Maniac. He’ll wait. He’s probably been ready for hours, too, just polishing his scalpel….So Shut Up!” I thought that phrase was so funny. Although, that would be pretty mean if someone really said that. Overall I thought that the dialogue was corny. This comic was very different from the other comics that we have read. This comic included very little dialogue and more pictures. It allowed us to commit more closure as readers, which was pretty good. I think they tried to put together humor and a serious issue, to make it more enjoyable for readers. I thought the art of the comic was terrible; it was hard to recognize which characters were who in several scenes. Also the characters looked creepy in some scenes. I don’t know that’s just my thoughts. Overall I thought that it was enjoyable and was something different. It was interesting to read a comic that didn’t have a superhero in it.
There where parts in the comic that were great showing the emotion of what has happened in the comic. When they ask what a cat scan is for, the nurse tells them that it is to see if there is MORE CANCER. The artist depicted in the next panel was Harvey and Joyce leaving the hospital with the words MORE CANCER. Giving the feel that you the reader have just got cancer. Overall i enjoyed the comic and liked the artists style.
06 October 2009
05 October 2009
Gender imbalance is still a major problem is comics according to Mr.McCloud. A female writer is considered a rarity in the comic world. Comics made by women was of course read by the sad hormone driven teenager. Women characters still are portrayed as the woman in distress. Will the ever be a male in distress? McCloud informs the reader that women in this comic book game have been doing it for quite some time. Female writers had a hard time because of the fact that the works was appealing to an commerical audience. Too frank, and honest were many of the comics. Brought male character back to ground zero and was not always bandfared. But over recent years, female authors are making an comeback with refreshing new ideas. The eighth revolution is still a problem in comics as well: race and diversity. In the 70s, skin color was a popular concern with the audiences of comics are where not well recieved. In the 90s, DC attempted to form an alliance with Milestone Media but was heavily criticized. But some authors have gained a bit of steam. Gay and Lesbian authors are also trying to transend the artform.
The 9th revolution diversity in the genre is being met head on. Scott McCloud states that there was only a time where people could name on one genre: Superheros. Now more autobiography, western, and naturalistic fiction are being written as comics. Comics like the Watchmen have given a different breath of air to the superhero comic. Scott McCloud leaves us with he states in his last comic that this medium has no limitations to what it can be.
This excerpt is very very redundant and boring. McCloud takes a subject and runs with it endlessly with mix results in my opinion. McCloud is a very strong writer but at times he annoys me with his understanding of everything. But, this article was decent no the less.
McCloud first addresses the seventh revolution, gender balance. Gender imbalance was considered wasted potential in comics. Women making comics were considered unusual, because it was a male dominated world. Women had made modest gains in comics during the labor shortages of World War II, but as the 1950’s approached women were given the boot “back to the kitchen”. In the late nineteen sixties traditional girl comics was dying and the same young artists had to find or make there own markets to be heard. So women created works that “were raw, emotionally honest, politically charged and sexually frank”.
Next McCloud talks about minority representation. McCloud discusses how this revolution “is vitally linked to the experiences of the owner of the hand that holds the pen”. Scott McCloud gives an example of how a white writer should not write a black character, because it would be overly broad. It would be more reasonable to have a white writer to write about a white character. When writing about a social or physical difference, members of that minority will have an advantage of portraying it. McCloud also says that in the mid seventies, skin color was a popular subject. White writers and artists strove to give voice to the African-American concerns with predictably mixed results. White writers began to create black superheroes, but they didn’t know how to present them in a positive way without draining their subjects of their humanity.
Lastly McCloud talks about the ninth revolution, Diversity of Genre. McCloud says that the Diversity of Genre is a key result of Gender Balance and Minority Representation, and confronts the same obstacles. McCloud talks about how super hero comics were the only type of genre that was popular and made sales. But in recent years things have gotten a little better and more genres are being created. McCloud also explains how comic book shops only had so many shelves and that they only could hold so many comics. So by choice the seller is going to stock up on the books that are in demand, for example the superhero comics. Sellers aren’t going to bother selling romance comics if superhero comics sell faster and more people want it. That’s part of the reason why we are so reduced to one single genre. Scott McCloud believes that with more genres it will draw more diverse readers to comics.
I found this reading very difficult to read. I had to read it several times in order to get the main points. But I do agree with Scott McCloud because with more genres I believe more people will read comics. I think when people think of comics they think of superheroes only. So we kind of reduce comics to a single genre. I think these three revolutions would definitely help to enhance the potential growth of comics.
Other then gender, minority representation is a another revolution that is key to Comics. By this he means minority writers. McCloud wants this because, "when writing about a social or physical condition which onlya minority can experience, members of that minority will have an advantage in portraying it" (McCloud 12). This is meaning that basically the person with the same enthnicity as the reader is going to have an advantage in the way of communicating and or portraying the story to the reader themself.
After the first two revolutions discussed in this chapter are complete, then is when 9, genre diversity will happen. McCloud states this in, "Diversity of Genre is a key result of our two previous revolutions and alos in a sense, contains them both" (McCloud 17).
This chapter was more difficult to understand. However, what McCloud is talking about, I think is key to Comics coming out of its dreaded slump. Hopefully Comics can get out of it before it's too late.
To help overcome these obstacles are the revolutions. Gender is one of the most striking, seeing as comics were made for little 14 year olds who could find anything else to do with their time but read comics. And nothing appeals better to little adolescent boys then superheroes. Along with these comics women were making comics of their own, and had been doing it for a long time. He talks about the issues of gender and how we can better improve it. Scott McCloud said “Through organizations and collective publishing efforts, the visibility of women in comics has been consistently promoted.”
Minority Representation, skin color is a popular issue. Scott McCloud says “Gradually, the ranks of comic free lancers began taking on more color and in the early nineties, a multicultural group of artist and writers called milestone formed an alliance with publisher from DC Comics to produce a line of multicultural heroes.” Along with skin color are politics, religious groups, and history.
Diversity of Genre, there is many genres in the world of comics and as Scott McCloud puts it as Genres are rarely created out of a whole cloth. He relates the story of Batman being a detective comic and not an action comic such as Superman. He also talks about how there are many different types of comics aside from superhero comics. He talks about how he loves superhero comics just like he love chocolate pie but who would want to eat chocolate pie for the rest of their lives.
The potential for comics is great! And these revolutions will only increase comics’ potential. There are many different diversities and many issues comics face. Comics I have found are a very complicated genre of writing. So much thought has gone into making comics more successful!
04 October 2009
I absolutely loved the comic illustration on page 101. It’s about a male comic artist that goes off to war, then a female coming in and creating comics because the men have gone off to war, and then the male comic artist coming back from far and giving the female comic artist the boot. I thought it was hilarious. I actually laughed out loud. The only words that came to mind was…Wow, so true…
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I think Scott McCloud has won me over by explaining to this male based comic book world, that they have carelessly overlooked our potential in the comic book industry. If I knew that females wrote comic books I would definitely go out and buy more comics. I’m a book worm and I love to read. After high school I stopped reading Japanese comics because one I had to buy my own books and I couldn’t afford to pay ten dollars for a comic book I could finish in 10 minutes and second, the literature was a little weak to continue to invest in them. For me this has brought on a whole new interest in comics because comics are stereotyped as only for males and I think I’ve only read comics by males. I would love to see the women’s perspective and compare the male and female styles of creating comics. I’m a girl and I’m all for girl power, I guess.
With this whole minority section I agree one hundred percent. Although, it is not wrong for people to write outside their experience I don’t think they can portray an event or experience that a person who has experienced it can. When people do movies about Hawaii it irritates me that they stereotype us. I don’t go around saying “hey bah” or “You Haoles get off my beach”. The movie that bothers me the most is Lilo and Stitch because every brown person has a big nose. I do not have a big nose and neither does every brown person in Hawaii. Oh yeah and Blue Crush is the dumbest movie I ever watched!! That movie is worse then lilo and stitch. People swimming in their evening gowns...dumb...dumb...All I can do is shake my head...who comes up with these movies!!
I have come to the conclusion I have a hate-love relationship with Scott McCloud. One moment I feel like I’m grasping his ideas and I’m feeling confident. Then I come across a chapter that is completely filled with twists and turns with double meanings, and I’m completely lost. Sadly, this past chapter, Big World: The Battle for Diversity, took me for a loop where I couldn’t find the beginning. I re-read the chapter multiple times and I still found it hard to understand where McCloud is going with his gender/ethnicity/genre diversity idea.
To begin with, women in comics aren’t being respected. Regardless of their “raw and underground” ideas, men in the field are being prejudice against women since comics have been apart of the boy’s club (102). Apparently there isn’t enough room for women. Or is there? Despite the demurred image of women during the 40’s, McCloud’s point is women have original ideas that are helpful towards reaching a new audience and the expansion of comics for the future. Tying in with gender equality is minority division; which is also problematic for comics. I found this particular section hard to follow, but what I learned was McCloud establishes that minority comics are tricky for comic writers and artists. Multicultural comics are having a hard time making a place next to popular comics, and it is easy to cross the line and offend other ethnicities. Also, guessing and writing about a different ethnicity other than your own is a bad idea. Next, McCloud discusses genre diversity. Superhero comics have created this bar where it’s become a stereotype that comics are only that. Come to think of it, that is all I thought comics were until I started to read Scott McCloud’s books. It proves that the genre needs to become more diverse where it can attract different audiences, but first we have to relieve comics of the superhero label. How does one do that though? McCloud suggests comics need a clean slate for them to re-surface, and also writers, whom are very talented yet aren’t respected, need to catch the eye of the right audience in order for them to take off.
Another chapter down for Scott McCloud and I can only hope I gets clearer. I doubt it though. I respect McCloud’s relentless attempts at drawing in a varied audience; I just hope comics can have a revolution. McCloud is sensible and he has legitimate answers for all of his questions he is proving. Right now, though, I feel like there should be more than just talk. I would like to see the change in comics, but when will this happen? Like Woody Allen says, “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not being very innovative,” is there some truth to that? We will see…
I am with McCloud all the way on this. Comics need to start writing about sports. I believe that if it is good enough some readers might actually like it. Sometimes in Sports Illustrated there are skits that make fun of players. I bet if there were more comic strips like that, some sports fans may be interested.
The first one that McCloud talks about is Gender Balance. McCloud says that, “the history of gender imbalance in comics is one of the most striking examples of comics’ squandered potential.” Women didn't really get any kind of recognition until the men were called out to war, but as soon as World War II ended women got “booted back in to the kitchen.” They were no longer reading or writing comics. Now there were some women who were writing, but they were “creating works that were raw, emotionally honest, politically charged and sexually frank.” Even though women writers hit a rut for a while, they have started to make a comeback, they are still a minority, but there writing is in lots of different styles.
The second revolution that McCloud talks about is Minority Representation. McCloud discusses that minority representation is different than gender balance because he says that a male will without engaging persons of color in conversation, or encountering someone who is openly gay, or moving outside their own language. Even when outwardly visible prejudices are lessened, ignorance can still remain.” Today, the diversity issue is getting better, but it is still hard for creators to write about something they may have no idea about. If a white, middle-class male writes about an African American/Hispanic, poor male they really don’t have a clue how to portray the correct ideas and they may give a false impression to those who read their comics. The diversity representation is getting better, but it still has a long way to go before it comes to its full potential, according to McCloud.
The third revolution that McCloud discusses encompasses the last two talked about above. It deals with Diversity of genre. McCloud states that “the push for diversity of genre is the push for comics to achieve excellence in many different genres.” The reason for this push in different genres will help the minority representation and the gender balance because by having different genres, different people will read many different things. At least that is what McCloud is hoping for. McCloud talks about how if he brought together 1,000 authors, her would be able to get 1,000 different ideas or styles of writing. The thing is, is that even if you get those different styles, some are definitely going to have the same theme and some are going to sell much better than others. So, most likely only one genre will be produced creating the same thing that we have now with the diversity of genre.
Each of these revolutions do go hand in hand in creating a great comic, but the question is: Are they really all going to be applied to the creation of comics? I think that in a way, comics are achieving, at a very small level these three very important revolutions. Even if I take our class for example, how many of us read comics, or even really knew about the different genres of comic books? If I remember correctly there were only like one or two people who really read comics and knew what comics could offer. So out of our 25 students, 23 of us now have a better idea of comics. Some of us being a minority, some the majority, some of us with different ethnicity and some of us middle-class or pour. So, just in our class we are helping comics by reading different types of comics and trying to get the Superhero look of comics not as dominant. I am actually interested to read different comics that have nothing to do with comics. McCloud creates a very good point and I think that his points are valid and are coming into their own in this day and age.
02 October 2009
Gender Balance another issue that limited comics potential the reason because comics first began to entertain usually to white males. Of course according to McCloud if we begin to let minorities contribute there share into comics, comics would then sprout on to entertain other races besides white people. And Diversity in Genre is a complex matter. The reason is because when comics first came out superheros where the way to go with comics which of course later down on the road began to become slightly dull come now into the 21st century. Dont get me wrong that superhero comics are dull there awsome in my opinion. Its just since superheros and comics went hand in hand it became accociated with one another that even the idea of a superhero lead to comics or in thinking of comics it lead to thinking of superheros. With that said that is why it is difficult to expand into different genres because we know for a fact that superhero comics are the best overall and work well together. Like McCloud says its hard to expand outward when comics defined by the genre they are only existing thanks to superheroes. McCloud uses the idea that if comics as we knew it didnt exist and started anew, Comics would of then been accociated with romance or horror or westerns. But since we dont live in that kind of a world like that we accept with what we have or get to the point were comics might have to "re-invent the wheel" to be able soar into the league of higher arts. but thats might thought.... LONG ENOUGH?
The Twelve Revolutions by Scott McCloud talks about where comics are now and where they would like to be in the future. From 1994 to 1998 the demand of comics declined causing many comic book stores to close down. Scott McCloud hopes to turn the comic book medium around by introducing his idea on how comics can reach their full potential. He thinks comics can reach their full potential by focusing on these key components, which are comics as literature, comics as art, creators’ rights, industry innovation, public perception, Institutional scrutiny, gender balance, minority representation, diversity of genre, digital production, digital delivery, and digital comics. Scott McCloud’s solution for comics are for them to “grow outward” (22), instead of move forward. He means that he thinks comic artists should not lose sight of what they have already gained when they are working on other goals. Scott McCloud also thinks artists should create comics for a broader audience, which will help comics branch out into different genres.
I don’t really know what I think about this reading. It was a little boring, but it made me think of all the possibilities comics have in our society today. Our society has a broader view of life and therefore comics have a fighting chance for greatness or to reach their full potential. I feel like in today’s world anything is accepted. I don’t know why comics as a higher form of art wouldn’t be accepted too. I don’t think my generation has experienced prejudice like other generations before us, so I think we are a generation that is more open minded to trying new things and accepting new ideas.
In the old days only the rich were educated, books were few, paintings were a form of higher art, and miniatures were luxuries. When nursery rhymes came about they were intended for adults and had many sexual innuendos, but people would refer to them as children’s books because they thought of them as a lesser medium. I think they just didn’t want others to know that they found pleasure reading books with no serious literature. I think the history of our people being mostly uneducated is why comics were placed with the lesser mediums. I don’t really know…this is just what I was thinking about…
I thought that this reading was a little difficult to read. I thought that some points that he made were interesting, but other than that I thought it was boring. I thought that Understanding Comics was way more interesting and fun to read. It just seems like he goes on and on and on. I think he could definitely get to the point quicker to get his message across. But he did make me feel bad for comics because they had such high expectations and ended up not meeting them. I think that he's desperately trying to persuade more people to support comics because we control whether there is a future for it or not.
I thought it was pretty cool how McCloud kept himself the same as far as artwork in this book. I can also see how he has the opinion that as comics begin to reach their full potential, which they can and will, he himself will begin to reach his own. A lot of lessons were taught and learned by those in the comic industry as they have witnessed both the rises and peaks. This intro could have been a chapter in his old book, considering it discussed the same issue of comics not getting enough recognition and respect.