10 April 2010
In this story,the main character named Arthur has a mental illness.His father on his way home from work, finds his mother dead in the tub with slashed wrists and an empty bottle of pills. The doctor teels Artie that his mother was found dead, Arthur cries with grief calling out his mom.During the funeral, Arthur cannot stand his father's grief and runs away from the funeral. The family blames Arthur for his mother's death.Artie feels sick and alone with guilt.Artie recalls the last time he saw his mother, and from his cell congratulates her for leaving him alone to face the world.
The story shifts back to Artie who is currently at his father's place,Mala tells Artie that this comic strip was very reallistic,accurate,personal and was very detailed.His dad walks in and tells Artie that comic strip took him back to his past. The Arthur character in the comic actually was Artie, his mom had indeed died. So Artie and his dad on their walk to the bank talk about their life as Jews. In 1943, Artie's dad had to leave Sosnowiec and move to Srodula,and talks about their difficult life in Germany.He says that as jews they had to pay to move them to their houses and some people didn't even get a house to live in. They were taken to work in germany, Anja (Arthur's Mother), her sister, and Tosha all worked in the factory.Everyday the guard marched them to work and when on their way back they would be counted and locked back again. Also, they had to move from place to place due to German brutality which included smashing kids into walls. But once again, in the process Artie's father have to move from one city to another. However, Artie's father had arranged a safe hiding place to save his family from the German soldiers and even dogs, in cases where they were looking for Jewish people. All the time, they were hiding from the German soldiers, they would only get out for food. Until, one day a never before seen Jewish guy shows up at their hiding place asking for help but he turns out to be a informer and they all get caught. Artie's father when caught uses his resources to flee from the captivity. However, he is not able to help his in-law to flee. Artie's father after his escape worked few jobs here and there under the German commission. At the meantime, Artie's father gets a seizure attack due to fast walking but it only takes him a couple of breaths to recover from it.
Once again, the German soldier's were moving the Jews from where Artie's family were to a different place where they were to be killed. However, Artie's father's friend (Miloch) had made a tunnel out of shoes as a hiding place inside the shoe factory. Artie's mom was hysterical when her family member refused to hide. They had a hard time surviving in the hiding place as whatever the food they had soon ran out and they could not got out to fetch some more because of the German guards. After struggling to survive for few days, the German guards left the city so the survivors were able to go back to work again. So, all the people go their separate ways to find a safer place to live.
Artie's father takes him to the bank and assigns him a key to his safe box, so that he can use that money to protect himself in case anything happens again. Artie's father explains to him that he regrets getting married again to Mala who is only in it for his money.
This comic is was one of best ones I have read so far in this class. Although it isn't much about Superheroes and Villains. This is outside the box, not anybody can come up with such masterpieces. Although the art is still developing, it is the story that counts, the struggle, the fight, and the story of survival. The Germans really were pigs under Hitler. Just the idea of putting Jews as mice and representing Germans as normal human beings was fantastic.
09 April 2010
Let me just start off by saying this movie was legit!!! Unbreakable starts off with guy named David Dunn, he’s riding a train and a lady around his age comes and sits by him. He takes off his wedding ring so right from the start its easy to tell he’s got marriage problems. She ended up being married to so she shut him down. The train crashes and everyone dies except for David, he didn’t even come out with a scratch. After that a guy named Elijah, becomes really interested in David. Elijah is lactose intolerant which means his bones are really weak and can beak fairly easy. As a kid his nickname was Mr. Glass, the other kids would tease about that because he would always have a broken bone. Elijah’s mother would buy him comics and wrap them up and put them outside on the bench just to get him to go outside because he was so intimidated and scared to go outside. So as Elijah got older he was on a search to find someone opposite of him, someone who doesn’t get sick or doesn’t break any bones, someone who is unbreakable. After the train wreck and everyone dies but David, Elijah start talking to David and asking him all kinds of random questions like when was the last time you were sick? Have you ever been hurt before, things like that. David cant remember when the last time it was when he was sick, so he asks his wife and she cant remember either. David took his son Joseph with him when he met up with Elijah, and Joseph said that his dad was injured once in a car accident that ended David’s football career. However later on in the movie we find out it’s a lie that David faked the injury because his wife thought football was nothing but violence and she didn’t want that in her life so David was going to have to choose football or his wife? Well Elijah made a good point and knew why David faked his injury. Football is for about ten years but love, love is forever. Yeah David and his wife, Audrey were not having the best marriage but every relationship has its ups and downs. However towards the end of the movie they do get things straight and make things better. David is a security guard at the university in his town, of course he still wants to be around the game of football. He never would have realized that he had the skill and instinct to know the crimes people did just by bumping into people or just touching someone else if it wasn’t for Elijah. Although David was unbreakable he did have a kryptonite and that was water. As a kid he almost drowned in the swimming pool at his school. David does save a family that’s tied up in their own house. A guy broke into their house killed the dad and tied up the daughter and wife. David saves them and is in the paper the next day but the picture of him is not to visible so you cant see him very well. At the end of the movie Elijah is having like a comic sale and David shows up to talk to him because at this point they are friends. They go back to Elijah’s office and talk for a few. After there talk Elijah say’s “I think this is where we shake hands”, so they do and David see’s all the bad things that Mr. Glass has done, he set a building on fire and killed a lot of people and he also caused the train David was on to crash. Mr. Glass said he did it to find the person he was looking for, and that person was David. I just got to say Elijah is a sneaky son of a bitch, he was behind it all. I really didn’t see that coming either so that’s one of the reasons I enjoyed this movie so much, usually movies like that are predictable. All I got to say is the hell with Mr. Glass I wish David would have killed his ass right there on the spot but that didn’t happen but the movie was really good and interesting, one question I did have though that I didn’t get in the movie was when David was working he got the vision of that one guy in a blue jacket put drugs in his pants and when David searched him he didn’t find anything, did that mean his visions were always right, because if that’s the case then we don’t know what’s true and what’s not. So that part kind of confused me but other then that I understood the rest and it was a really enjoyable movie!!!!
08 April 2010
Watching this movie, The Iron Giant, reminded me a lot of my childhood days. Well never mind last time I watched that movie was last year. It’s an awesome movie with a good story and it makes me laugh. When talking about it in class Mr. Villarreal mentioned some of things that this movie could somehow represent. When it was set in the 1950’s was because it was a time when comics became to be really judged. There were many people who believed that comics ruined the minds of children so they decided to get rid of comics and people who were found reading them were ridiculed. He also started mentioning things about how some of the characters represented other people. I found that interesting because it’s not just a movie but it’s something more.
06 April 2010
05 April 2010
This comic strip was very different from the comics we have read because this is a real event that has happened to many people. Not people with just cancer but various diseases. This wife and husband are seen in a lot of homes in most cases the diagnosed tend to give on life and just go crazy spending money, getting drunk, or even killing themselves their own way. There are those people who may accept that they are going to die like Harvey but take the right steps and look out for their family. Then there are those people who don’t accept and keep fighting by praying, looking for other methods of treatments, etc, but that is some cases. I like this comic because it’s not just about superheroes, crime fighting, or jokes but it is the comic that McCloud was talking about. The comics that grab other readers attention that don’t really like superheroes.
I think “Our Cancer Year” was a pretty ok comic. I liked the originality of it even though the art was atrocious. The genre of drama was pretty cool and it really did interest me. It was also short, a method I found missing from previous comics I have read from this semester. One thing I would point out about the comic was that the storyline was everywhere. I mean at the beginning of the comic a character named Tod was featured and he really never appeared throughout the comic again. Also I didn’t see the meaning for the visitors who wanted to check out the house, I feel that was unnecessary. All in all it was ok (at best) but I wouldn’t mind reading the rest of it.
I felt this comic had true meaning, not one about superheroes, or bad guys. It was something that many people deal with on an everyday basis. For many this comic may have helped if they were in the same situation. You never really know what might cross a person’s mind until you read something like this. I really like this comic, it reached me at a more personal level rather than only superhero comics. The art was truly appealing, especially because of the story that went along with it. Not one person that I know of could say this comic had no impact on them.
I found this reading different because not only was the art weird but the story itself was confusing. The first half is sad and almost depressing but near the end there are a couple of twists. I like that it wasn't what I was expecting it gave the impression that it would be kinda depressing but there were a few jokes. This made it different and unique.
They both did thing that normal people would do if they found this out. He went to see a lawyer to make sure if worse can to worse his wife would be taken care of. His wife Joyce talked to her friends and asked for advice . she even called a cancer hotline to ask questions that she had about cancer. She was able to get alot of her questions answered. when Harvey and Joyce started arguing it was understandable because she was just trying to take care of her husband.
This is not the usual genre comics are viewed as. Normally, readers view comics as being funny or dealing with superheroes. In “Our Cancer Year”, a more serious and realistic issue is brought up. The comic discusses how a man and his wife cope with the husband being diagnosed with cancer. This is something that some families in everyday life have to deal with and are able to relate to Joyce and Harvey. The reactions from Joyce and Harvey are completely different. Harvey seems to give up and is already planning his will to make sure that Joyce gets everything. On the other hand Joyce is there for her husband and is trying to be as supportive as possible.
Harvey and Joyce just got a new house and are moving and needed tods help but he didnt what a greatbrother! as for harvey he has been in fain for alil while so he goes to get a chack up and ends up decided to have an exploratory surgery and when they did they found a tumor in his Lymph nods called lymphoma. so they have the surgery get it removed then set up an appointment with a specialist and run CAT scan and found out the cancer was isolated in only one lymph node and hasn’t spread.ut come to find out alltis hasbeen stressful on both of hem and thy get in arguement. little did they knw cancer was closer than they knew all along be for finding Harveys tumor their electritions wfe had died of cancer and then they became educated on how palution effects us evrey day.
04 April 2010
The comic “our cancer year” is a story of how people cope with the worst news. The drawings look vary amateurish and not at all leaning towards realism but I found that with all the drawings that the feelings were conveyed better than they could have possibly been if the drawings were realistic. The people and backgrounds are both just simply drawn. The lines are able to convey quite a bit of the emotions the characters have and reaction to the situations they encounter. Something about the lines and the expressions on the characters faces that make you really empathize with want they are gong thorough.
This comic for me just highlighted once again how different women are from men. I can completely understand Joyce and her reactions to the situation. I can understand her desire to put an optimistic light on horrible situations your loved ones are stuck in. that needs to protect others even from knowing you feel so bad that you have to cry. Crying silently so that he doesn’t feel worse then he all ready does. I understand that intense need to protect the people you love. Protecting them even in the middle of your own pain. When Joyce yelled at Slim telling him that he’d be invading their privacy by going in to their apartment I nearly gave her a standing ovation in the middle of my living room which would have been awkward being that my parents had people over. At any rate my point is I understand Joyce and how she reacts all the way down to talking on the phone for hours and protecting Howard even from him and yes even by yelling at him. After doing all she can to protect the person she loves, from him, and from the insensitive stranger, she collapses in to their now bear mattress. I can even understand that sort of exhausted.
But Howard from the vary beginning I don’t get. Well that’s not exactly true after all I’d be nervous as well if somebody was going to cut me open and scoop out stuff from inside of me. My nervousness would probably result in me sleeping in not getting up early though. I suppose I’d fell just as defeated as he looks in panel four of page five. I suppose I understand everything except writing a will and throwing cinder bricks around but it’s probably just a coping disconnect not just a gender one. However I have to admit I don’t know how I’d react if I found out that I had cancer. Though I’d have to say my initial reaction would probably make tossing a couple of cinder bricks around look tame. Especially with a doctor like that way.
Harvey and Joyce are a very happily married couple. Who just got a new house. And while at there new house Harvey was experiencing some pain and discomfort so he went to the doctor and they decided to have an exploratory surgery and when they did they found a tumor in his Lymph nods called lymphoma so the doctor pulls it out. Then after Harvey and wife figure out what the doctor found they freak out they have no idea what to do. But then she figures out that she needs to help Harvey feel better so she and some others try and give Harvey some comfort. Then after a while they talk and try to think what there going to as well as with there future. So the set up an appointment with a specialist and run CAT scan and found out the cancer was isolated in only one lymph node and hasn’t spread. After words they couple went back home and sprang into an argument. Soon things were getting messed up. And the landlord came by and he wasn’t aloud in. a few days later Joyce was talking to their electrician and found out that his wife died of cancer. And the causes and how pollution affects everyone then Joyce decides to make changes and live healthier.
The story was cool it’s a different perspective I have never known anyone personally that has cancer so I cant even fathom what it would be like to find out you or someone you love has it. it can just show you how things change so quick and not every day is guaranteed.
This comic was a little different. It had a more real everyday life aspect to it becasue it talked about what can happen to a family at any time. It didn't have colorful superheroes or a humerous story to it. It was kind of random but any reader can see how cancer effects people's lives in every aspect.