08 May 2012

Superman Recommendation


Seven Days


Technology, The Enemy or the Ally of the Comic?

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons                                                          ~R. Buckminster Fuller 

We must use technology to help better humanity, not only in military defense, or to make our lives more comfortable, but in learning and reading.  If we can,t integrate technology into the many priceless pieces of literature that abound within our society, I fear reading, and the joy it brings, will be lost forever.


This recommendation was created at BitStrips.com if any of you are interested.  It gives a lot of facial expression options, and allows you to do a lot with the positioning of the arms, legs, and fingers.  It's free you just have to set up a log-in name and password.  It is very easy to use, I recommend it, and I will be making more comics on this site in the future.  I will miss the weekly blog, so for all you future English 112 students who read this, listen up.  Enjoy it while it lasts, it's exciting, and teaches you in the process.  Remember, technology must be utilized if the comic medium is going to survive.  So get online create your own comics, or blog about some comics, because this type of technology is the tool that will continue to bring reading and learning into the new age.       

Spiderman Again, Again, and Again...


The beginning of the comic Spiderman a boy named Peter Parker is introduced along with his uncle and aunt. Peter and his family live in Queens New York where he attends a local high school. Peter’s story begins with a normal day within his life. On this day Peter tens to get made fun of and picked on by pretty girls and jocks. At one point a football player actually throws a football at Peter and ends up knocking him down. After this incident Peter goes to one of his classes where the teacher is informing them about their grades for their pop quiz. The teacher claims that everyone did badly except for Peter. The teacher then decides to award him for his good grade by giving him tickets to a demonstration at the New York City Hall of Science. On this trip Peter is exposed to a radioactive spider that bites him, causing him to get sick, and make his veins pop out on his hand forming what looks like a web. He then freaks out by almost getting run over, he eventually pukes. Later on that day Peter goes home to rest which is when he ends up hanging from his roof. After his rest Peter wakes up feeling a million times better. Not only does he feel better but also different in a good way. In fact, he does not even need to wear his glasses anymore. Peter then goes outside to discover his new powers by tumbling and climbing up walls. After this incident Peters mind begins to run wild thinking about all the new possibilities that can come out of his new powers.
This comic was interesting; however, it is basically a remake of the older Spiderman storyline. It would have been more interesting if maybe Peter would have got his powers somewhere else or if some things would have changed. This comic relates back to Scott McClouds Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. It relates back to his claim that comic creators are having a hard time creating new things. By basically retelling the story nothing is changing and a lot of people are already familiar with this story line so people might lose interest. Hopefully, comic creators will try and change the Spiderman storyline or come up with a new idea.   

Nerdy is the new BLACK

Dinosaurs vs. Aliens is about the invasion of the blue planet. It starts out in space in an alien ship type, and the aliens talk in their foreign language, but soon once they are on the planet they speak english when communicating to each other. They report "Its him. I think he's dead," stating their findings on a dusty mountain during an eclipse, as if a war had just happened. The Scout Commander Kit had recorded that by the time they arrived to the blue planet they were out of fuel and nevertheless hope. More than half of the population had died of starvation or sickness during their five generations of their migration. So with no where left to go they had no choice but to make due, because even if they failed there there was nothing left for them anywhere else without resources. Kit left the record for those who survive without extinction, and he left it solely as a warning, doing what "they had to do." The tribal dinosaurs come into the comic and Kit commentates that what he did doesn't make it right. The leader dinosaur admits it was he who brought everyone there taking the responsibility and they did things not for themselves but for others, for the collective. They went in there with a purpose but getting what you want isn't always that simple. No matter how thought out the dinosaurs planned, they stated that there will always be obstacles you don't expect. "There was someone standing in our way and they had their own ideas." And then a huge killer dinosaur comes in and..... the tale ends at: To be continued.
I honestly didn't really like this comic. It was super confusing to understand who was talking and was literally about 8 pages long! It starts into the story and then just ends with to be continued. To be continued when? Where? It was free comic day, I wanted the whole story with the only free comic I'm getting! But even though the comic wasn't what I expected neither was the field trip. I thought it was going to be okay, it was extra credit. But it was actually really awesome! I didn't expect the comics to look how they did, or even some of the stories to be made into comics. Everything seemed so colorful and inviting, I wanted to buy multiple. One I thought was really cool was 300, I had no idea even that was a comic, or as long as a short book. The field trip was a great experience and I can say I am going to check out the comic store in Nob Hill after seeing how cool this nerdy store is, and I plan on spreading the word of this unpopular phenomenon!

Not all comics such as comics such as Bad Medicine link to Superheroes

In the comic Bad Medicine, the story includes a detective who is investigating a case of a scientist who is found dead in his apartment This story is mostly on a research a scientist was doing. In the comic book we are taken with this detective throughout her investigation. In her investigation we find a body in which appears to have a head however it’s invisible. The cause of the head not being able to be seen was because of the cause an experiment that a scientist was making. This affect was a side effect in the experiment.  The doctor disappears after almost losing his medicine license. Meanwhile no one can get a hold of him. They find there to be no blood outside the body leaving it to be a mystery. In this comics book shows that not all comic characters can link to biblical figures instead they derive from elsewhere. Common figures such as this one are common not superheroes. Showing that not all comic characters link to biblical heroes instead they develop into common stories. Bad Medicine is a great story overall in its drawings and choice of diction.  It illustrates that only superheroes such as Superman can be linked to biblical hero’s not common figures such as detectives. Not all comic book figures can be portrayed as heroes.  

07 May 2012

Superman's New Look!

My comic recommendation!
Enjoy, even though it may be a little bit cheesy...

Comics to all the Schools!! -Recommendation-

Superman RAGE.





My comic strip. Bare with me please!



Atomic Robo

Atomic Robo begins with Robo ranting to two grave yard shift workers, Ananth and George, about how he needs their help with a problem that has been brought up to his attention. Robo then calls in Dr. Dinosaur, who happens to be an expert on the subject of the problem as well as an enemy of Robo. The workers are startled to see that Dr. Dinosaur is there to work with them but Robo eventually calms everyone down and explains that Dr. Dinosaur is only there to help solve the problem and nothing more. While on their way to where they will be working, Dr. Dinosaur explains how he will use crystals to solve the problem but Robo and his team question his method. Once they arrive to their destination they are surprised to see that Dr. Dinosaur's plan will work and prepare to set up his "crystal method." Once Dr. Dinosaur turns on his controller a ginormous futuristic looking T-Rex crashes through the wall and begins to destroy everything it sees. Dr. Dinosaur then explains that this was all part of his plan but soon realizes that the controller used to control the T-Rex is not working is out of control. As everyone runs to escape the monster, Robo gets a hold of Dr. Dinosaur just before he is able to escape. Soon after, Robo's team explains that he has to stop the T-Rex before it destroys everything. Robo and Dr. Dinosaur then decide in order to destroy the monster they must work together but that they still have unresolved business to tend to afterward. The two then split up to set up the plan and to find and lure the T-Rex into the facility's cannon. Robo and Dr. Dinosaur eventually meet and dash towards the cannon as the T-Rex follows. They make it to the cannon just in time and once the cannon fires the T-Rex is vaporized and Robo and Dr. Dinosaur end up landing near the Swiss border. Dr. Dinosaur is then shown driving away in a car just before Robo could get to him.

At first I thought the comic was going to be boring because a majority of the dialog was "scientific" and I did not understand anything Robo was saying. But then the comic got easier to read and it was actually pretty funny. I would definitely recommend this comic to people who want to read a "nerdy" funny and action filled comic.

Comic strip!

I apologize that I couldn't get the strips to pop up. The website wanted me to purchase an account to download the comics.
Hope it doesn't bore you and you find some parts funny (:
p.s: the links are in order, the first link starts the strip and of course the last link ends the strip.

Serenity

"Serenity: Firefly Class 03-K64" starts out with a spaceship landing on a desert like planet and we meet Zoe, the second in command on the ship, who is also pregnant. Her captain tells her to go into town for supplies because the last time he went the locals provoked him and he shot a few of them. Zoe leaves and a stranger named Frosty rides up and asks the captain if the ship is for sale. Captain says he would never sell his ship, who he calls Serenity. Frosty then asks if he can hitch a ride off the planet and Captain obliges. He invites Frosty on board, but as he does Frosty pulls a gun on the Captain and says that if he wants to live he will walk away and not turn around till the ship was long gone. Captain tells Frosty that is only duty is to protect Serenity and the people inside her. Frosty shoots Captain in the arm, but then a girl jumps from the ship and knocks out Frosty. Captain sits up and sees that the girl is River, one of his crew members. He thought she add gone into to town with the others, but she stayed behind instead. The rest of the crew arrive and find the whole incident quite hysterical. They load the cargo and Frosty's horse and head off into space.
I really liked this comic. It was on the shorter side, but I appreciated the humor in it. The artwork was very well done, but I think the way the panels were laid out made the drawings that much more enjoyable. But by far my favorite part of the comic is the cover art. It is not cartoonish like the actual comic, it is more realistic. The cover gave the comic more "life", it made it more imaginable. I could see myself reading this comic more in the future.

DC Comics: The New 52 Justice League #1

This is the first issue of DC Comics: The New 52 Justice league #1 by Geoff Johns (Storyline), Jim Lee (Art) and Scott Williams (Ink) . Batman is still on bad terms with the corrupt Gotham police and they are hunting him while he chases down a hooded figure who turns out to be…an alien. Upon that reveal, Batman is no longer shut off in his own mythology and the whole DC universe merges together. All of these guys haven’t met each other before and what you get in issue #1 is Batman and Green Lantern introducing themselves to each other for the first time.The new Justice League is made up for Aquaman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Superman, Wonderwoman, and…Cyborg. And three of those characters do not even make an appearance in the book’s debut issue. This leads to some pretty funny dialogue and some awesome visuals of Hal Jordan’s ring constructs. We also find out pretty quick that it’s not just Batman that the police hate—it’s all super heroes. Hal has been alerted of an unauthorized alien presence in Gotham, he saves Batman from getting blown away by chopper fire and the two of them set off to find the E.T. This is where we get all the witty banter that makes the book enjoyable. We see how Hal Jordan is an arrogant show-off who’s more concerned with making fun of Batman and showing off than stopping the bad guy proving yet again that Batman would’ve saved the world from everything if he had the ring instead Cyborg will be part of the team. While the first issue doesn't make it official, Victor Stone is in the issue and has been on the covers and promo images. There's nothing wrong with Cyborg being on the team. The shocking part is how his story will fit in with the formation of the Teen Titans. Justice League #1 begins five years ago and he hasn't become Cyborg yet. Superman's always been seen as a big boy scout. He is one of the nicer heroes. This Superman is a punch first, ask questions later. He knows he is powerful. He gives the impression that fighting a new foe would be something like a game. He's curious if it will even be a challenge.The more interesting part is how this team will get over the diverse difference between each of their own storyline to take down the villain called Darkseid. Here's a the new team of superheros from DC Comics: The New 52 Justice League #1.
Aquaman, Green Lantern, Wonder Women, Superman, Batman, Flash and Cyborg.(left to right)
In the new Justice League: The New 52, Batman has stumbled upon a dark evil that threatens to destroy the earth as we know it. Now, faced with a threat far beyond anything he can handle on his own, the Dark Knight must trust an alien, a scarlet speedster, an accidental teenage hero, a space cop, an Amazon Princess and an undersea monarch. Will this combination of Superman, The Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Aquaman be able to put aside their differences and come together to save the world? Or will they destroy each other first? This imagining and re purpose of the characters and DC Universe has been working very well so far. I like it and like even more the two great talents brought to this book: Jim Lee and Geoff Johns are collaborating together for this project. I approve of this DC Comic sofar and highly recommended this comic book  of Justice League: The New 52#1 to all new and veteran comic books fans.



Free Comic Book Day! Spiderman-season one

In the comic book Spiderman the story starts off with a young adult male named Peter Parker, he lives with his aunt and uncle in Queens NY. His uncle Ben is waking him up for school. Peter says he doesnt feel good. He finally gets up and ready for school comes down stairs, his aunt May has his lunch packed and he is off to school. While at the bus stop there are a few girls laughing and joking about him. They get to school and are in the hallway, a couple of jocks throw a football and knock Peter down. Peter gets picked on by these jocks probably because he is a geeky looking smart kid. In class the teachert is talking about a pop quiz and how the whole class didnt do to well, all except Peter, he is the only one in the class to get a perfect score on his pop quiz so the teacher gives him tickets to a demonstration at New York city hall of science. While at the demonstration he is amazed at what he see's, then suddenly he feels something on his hand that is very painful. It burns him and when he moves his hand there is a black radioactive spider that has bit him. The veins on his hand look kind of like a spider web, he gets nauseous and pukes. He starts tripping out and walks into oncoming vehicles, suddenly jumps to miss a big truck and before he knows it he is clinging onto the side of the building. Unaware of what exactly is happening to him he goes home to try to think and put things into perspective. While at home he is hanging from the ceiling, his reflexes are enhanced, he even feels so powerful that he doesnt need his glassed anymore. He goes outside and starts doing flips, climbing the sides of houses, lifting weight and starts thinking to himself of maybe quitting audio/visual club and joining the varsity team. He also starts wondering what it all means and thinks he could become famous with all this super human strength....this is the end of this comic!!!! NOOOOOOO.....just when it was getting good im going to go out and get the rest of the issues.

Although mostly everyone knows that Spiderman got bit by a spider or at least that is what should be known, I really didnt know. Reading this comic book was really interesting and kept me wanting to read more. I think it is because I really never knew how Spiderman became Spiderman. I mean I knew of Spiderman and his powers but never really thought about how it happened. By reading this I am now going to go purchase the continuing issues. Thanks Mr. V! I now view comics in a whole new perspective :)


#1


"DC Comics: The New 52" #1 Free Comic Book Day Issue has given a story that leads into a peek into the upcoming year of the New 52.
The issue opens with a mysterious group of eight god-like characters with Shazam-like trappings-- likely the "Circle of Eternity" the Phantom Stranger referred to in "Justice League". DC has already made a point of making sure their comic starred the mysterious character, Pandora, who's been with the New 52. First is the man who looks to become the Phantom Stranger. This is the first clear look of him as a human. One of the God council throws pieces of silver shades of Judas Iscariot at the human after he begs for forgiveness, forcing his turn into the supernatural entity. The next human is more of a mystery as he has his face covered. It's clear this man is The Question of the New 52, but who was he before he was cursed to become the faceless man. The third, and perhaps most currently familiar figure following the debut of the New 52, is Pandora. This issue shows how she came to be, by opening a box, and what other familiar characters in the DC universe shared their birth alongside her at the court of the wizard Shazam! Pandora starts to defy her curse, and is seeking a path toward redemption, leading her to the Justice League -- or rather, their high-security storage warehouses, such as the Red Room and the Black Room. The story ends with a glimpse into "the near future" which finds Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aqua man and Cyborg in battle with other DC characters: a new Green Lantern, a Marvel family member, an Atlantean, and others.
With dwindling sales, in 2010, some of DC Comics lead executives and creative talents came together to discuss how to put a jolt of energy into their entire comics line. They decided to launch New 52, a line-wide prelaunch of all their titles. The initiative was an effort to get people excited about comics, attracting new, current, and old readers with easy jumping on points with 52 new #1 issues. As my paper research paper was based on comic book sales and how comics should have more action related to famous superheroes is exactly what DC comics are showing in these issues. This comic had really good illustrations and a page of an insight to the next issue that is going to be very heated. This was a great Superhero comic that I read from page to page; I will be eagerly waiting to read the issues in “The near future”.




SPONGEBOB!

Considering my research paper was on how comics need to take a different approach on getting their audiences attention i decided to get a comic book with Spongebob Squarepants because I included him in my paper. The comic I got is simply called Spongebob but it is comic #8. This particualr edition is called Slip Sledding Away. In this comic Spongebob and Patrick decide to get two sleds and go to the highest mountain in Bikini Bottom and try to go down it without landing in the fruit trees which were at the end of the mountian. They kept trying and trying until one time Spongebob landed in the fin fruit tree and discovered the fin fruit is very slippery so they both rubbed it all over the bottoms of the sleds. After they both put all of the fin fruit on their sleds they both headed back up to the top to try and clear it again. This time was a success! They cleared the fruit trees but landed in the dump this time.

I have never read a comic that was pretty much a story line and matched the show so much. This was not any ordinary comic where there was a superhero saving the day or anything like that. Just like McCloud says in his book Understanding Comics, the writers of these comics needs to change the way they are attracting their audiences. One way could be this exactly, making comics like shows on television and attracting different types of people.

06 May 2012

Mega Man: Origin of a Hero



Mega Man: Origin of a hero begins in a futuristic world in the year 200X with Mega Man confronting robots trying to enter Doctor Albert Wily’s lab. The story then goes back a few days where things were still peaceful. It all starts at the Light Labs Grand Unveiling where Doctor Light is about to unveil his new Robot Master line of robots. Doctor Albert, Dr. Light’s co-worker, also shows up wanting to be included in the unveiling of the new robots. Doctor Light tells him he should wait since he had his credentials for doing unethical robotics experiments. In the unveiling of the new robots Doctor Light presents his new robots that have been built to help mankind. After he is done presenting his new robots a reporter asks his if these new robots were also created for military reasons and Doctor Light storms out claiming he only created them as a means of advancing humanity. Later that night Dr. Albert sneaks in Dr. Light’s lab and reprograms the new robots to try and take over the world. The next morning Dr. Light because the robots are missing, then Rock (Mega Man) comes in to tell them to watch the news. In the news it is discovered that the robots are destroying the city and Dr. Albert demands immediate surrender from the world’s leaders. It seemed that nothing could be done but Rock volunteers to fight the robots. Even though Dr. Light’s intension for creating him was not to fight, he agrees to allow him to fight and he reconstructs him. He gives him the best armor, gives him a mega blaster and ads a copy chip to adapt to the enemies abilities. He then takes the name Mega Man because of his mega blaster. And that is the origin of Mega Man.

            Free comic book day was a great experience for me as I had never really been into comic books. I can also see how the day is used as a way to attract a new audience as they give free comics to increase their popularity once again.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron (Extra Credit)


Jessica Brink
At the beginning of The Avengers: Age of Ultron comic book, Jessica Drew also known as Spider Woman, is out hunting Aliens. She gets captured, and is taken to a secret place. Meanwhile, in the Avengers Tower they have a visitor, Abigail Brand  the director of Sentient World Observation and Response Department or S.W.O.R.D. She tells the Avengers that Spider Woman, heard about an unknown energy source found on earth, and headed out by herself to go investigate. She was kidnapped, and they want the Avengers to find her. The Avengers head out find Jessica and go to the place where she was taken. They search around and found a trace that would lead them to Spider Woman. Meanwhile, Jessica woke up in a secret cell, tied up. Two men walked in, they asked her questions, and told her who they all were. The men were part of a “conclave of geniuses.” The men said Jessica is their bargaining chip with the Avengers. While they are talking, the Avengers crash in and save Jessica. But, they all get away, even the dreaded Ultron. The Avengers have no clue how they are going to find him, especially because he is smarter than all of the combined. 
I enjoyed reading this comic. It was interesting to be able to read the beginning of what sounds like a great story. Some of the characters I did not recognize though. For example, I did not know there was a Spider Woman, and I did not recognize the one of the woman superheroes, but later found out that she was Ms. Marvel. I honestly want to read the rest of the story, because I was left hanging in the middle of the beginning.  

Extra Credit : Donald Duck Family Comics


Donald Duck Family Comics
                Donald Duck Family Comics by Carl Barks has three stories inside of it. The first story is about Uncle Scrooge. In this story, Uncle Scrooge has a lot of money. A criminal group called the Beagle Boys got paroled out of prison and is after Scrooge’s money. Scrooge tried to think of any stunt that he could pull to protect his money, so he ended up changing his coins to greenbacks because he could store the greenbacks in a smaller space which would be cheaper for him to guard. He had one lone coin though that he kept in his pocket.  Uncle Scrooge tries to convince his three nephews that his idea is foolproof until the Beagle Boys pretend to be Uncle Scrooge’s guards and they end up stealing the tank with the money inside of it as well as Uncle Scrooge and Nephews that were inside of it. In the end the one lone coin saved Uncle Scrooge and his family by being razor sharp in the fact that it cut the tank open and freed them. The Beagle Boys ended up going back to jail. The second story in the Donald Duck Family Comics is about Donald Duck. Donald has very bad nightmares and cannot get any sleep because he is afraid to sleep. A doctor and Donald Duck’s nephews try and help Donald not have any nightmares any more by giving him a remedy such as croqueting. Donald is embarrassed about the remedy and when his friends find out that he is croqueting Donald relives all his nightmares. Reliving Donald’s nightmares allowed him to overcome his fears and so in conclusion Donald ended his nightmares and was finally able to get some sleep. The third comic is about Uncle Scrooge again. Donald Duck plays a joke on Uncle Scrooge. Donald tricks Scrooge by writing on a newspaper that fish is worth more than paper money. So seeing the news scrooge goes and gets jobs doing odd tasks but instead of asking to be paid in cash, Scrooge requests to be paid in fish. Scrooge tries to accumulate as much fish as possible so he could be rich. The trick backfires on Donald Duck because Scrooge wanted to store the money (fish) at Donald’s House. My opinion on this comic is that it was fun to read. I enjoyed Donald Duck as a kid and was shocked when I saw a comic about the stories.

05 May 2012

Chewbacca Saves The Day Again !!!


This action packed, pulse pounding comic features two very recognizable characters from the Star War sagaEntitled The Art Of The Bad Deal we get an exciting front row seat inside of the Millennium Falcon, and get to witness firsthand the life of Han Solo and his Wookie companion Chewbacca.  This comic starts out with our two heroes delivering a smuggled shipment, of God only knows what, to a buyer in deep space named Verhandle.  As Han and Chewbacca lower the Falcon into the atmosphere Chewbacca senses that something doesn’t feel right, but the headstrong, arrogant Han insists that he has everything under control.  Once they land, Verhandle takes an immediate interest in the Falcon, even going so far as to try and buy it from Han.  After Han shrewdly declines he receives his payment for the smuggled shipment and heads off world.  But just as we think all is well in the galaxy, some of Verhandles men sneak out of their hiding places in the smuggling compartments of the Falcon and proceed to try and take over the ship by force.  Han casually hands over the helm of his beloved Falcon and proceeds to casually talk to the pirates who took over his ship.  These pirates quickly realize that the Wookie isn’t present and ask Han to call him on the intercom at once.  Han smiles a wicked smile then screams for Chewbacca, who comes rushing in punching, kicking, and biting until all the pirates are subdued single handedly.  Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Millennium Falcon then blast off into the many streaked stars of hyperspace only to leave us wondering what trouble they will get into next.

This comic gives an interesting piece of background about some of the characters we all have seen in the movies.  There were only six movies, and if you’re as big of a Star Wars fan as I am, every snippet of the Star Wars story that comes out is one too less.  One thing that really interests me in this comic is the panels, they are extremely crooked and angled, and sometimes Chewbacca is even outside of the panel punching guys.  I think this choice of paneling helps make the action in the comic feel more real.  Like I said, I hope Star Wars sticks around until the end of time, because enough of that story is never enough. May the force be with you all.   
          

18 April 2012

Booyeah!

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/aug/23/business/la-fi-ct-dc-comics-20110823


# reviving

17 April 2012

Are Superheroes Republicans?

Di Paolo, Marc. War, Politics and superheroes: ethics and propaganda in comics and film.
       Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 2011. Print.

In Di Paolo text he focus's and talks about the comics history in the last seventy years on superheroes’ and the political views they have. He starts from the very beginning of when superheroes started coming into effect and each one symbolizes a certain political view. Then he covers them all the way to the current political issues to now, in the 20th century. Starting in his introduction he asks the reader are superheroes Republicans? I think just by starting off asking that question makes a very strong point that every superhero had a purpose, a message it was trying to bring across to society. They faced issues that others didn’t want to talk about or mention. Di Paola explains how the superheroes covered political issues such as Wonder Woman was a feminist icon and sex symbol and Spiderman as Benedict Arnold, a class warrior. X-men addressed gay rights and the time of the Nazi and Superman touched the time of Ronald Reagan and the issues of the Ku Klux Klan. These were just very few that were I talked about, there is many more presented. The reading surprised me I didn’t know all these characters stood for what they did. Now it makes me look at superhero comics in a different light. I thought this book is a great contribute to my writing because it is emphasizing how comics were so successful in the past because the issues that raised. To show how to present comics just don’t seem to be sending that strong of a message to the people anymore, this causes the decline in comics.

16 April 2012

Your Brain on Burritos


Aldama, Frederick L. Your Brain on Latino Comics. Austin: university of Texas Press, 2009. Print.

One source that I will use in writing my research essay is Your Brain on Latino Comics. This book has many different points which relate directly to the part of my essay that talk about the need for minority representation in comic books. My essay will basically go ever three different ways that comics can improve so that they can reach their full potential, and this book shows that one of those ways, minority representation, is being approached the wrong way. Your Brain on Latino Comics is a book written by a Latino man, Frederick Luis Aldama, with the purpose of telling about Latino comics. Within the book there are three sections; one is on overview of Latino comics, the next is goes much deeper and offers a much more in depth study of Latino comics, and the last is dedicated to conversations with the Latino comic book artists. This book will most likely only be a small portion of my research essay, but I have already found a few useful quotes that I will incorporate in my writing.

12 April 2012

Rough Riders

At the Rough Riders Museum!!

The Hero with a thousand faces.... Annotation

In this book of A Hero with a thousand faces author Joseph Campbell what I have read Campbell writes about the theory that how important myths from around the world which have survived for thousands of years all share a fundamental structure, which Campbell calls the monomyth. The monomyth or the hero's journey, is a basic pattern that its proponents argue is found in many narratives from around the world. In a monomyth, the hero begins in the ordinary world, and receives a call to enter an unknown world of strange powers and events. The hero who accepts the call to enter this strange world must face tasks and trials, either alone or with assistance. With this new source in my summary I plan on showing the reader that all hero's whether they are biblical or comical they all follow the same patterns and all have powers of some sort .  
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11 April 2012

Annotated Blog

Meskin, Aaron. “The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism”. Blackwell Publishing, 2007.

The article, Defining Comics? written by Aaron Meskin, explains about other comic writers definitions of comics and discusses about why he thinks that those definitions are right or wrong. Some comic writers that he talks about are David Kunzle, Scott McCloud, Greg Hayman and Henry John Pratt. I am going to use this article for my essay because not only does it just give information on one definition, but it also gives information and quite a few other definitions by other authors. It'll help me to explain that there is never going to be an exact definition of a comic.

Death of Superman

Carlin, Mike Death of Superman, DC Comics, 1992, print.

The Death of Superman talks about the tragic death of the man of steel by a creature named Doomsday and the epic battle of good verses evil this is going to be the main base for my research paper it helps me get more in touch with the roots of why people where so touched by the thought of a death of a legend finally brought to the end then the anger and frustration it displayed back to the masses when DC brought superman back from the dead.

10 April 2012

History of Superheroes in Comics

Superheroes in the film Comic Book Confidential filmed by Ron Mann gives us the background and information to most of the comic books written in the past. He takes us through main points in the history of comics. According to the film certain comic books hidden because they were considered to cause kids to take the action s superhero would such as fight, kill, and so on. Superheroes appeared because of the abandoning of pervious comic books. That is how superheroes came about because other comics were vanished and someone had to step in and create something that was completely just right for kids. That is one of the few reasons why I believe that superheroes such as hulk and superman did not derive from Jewish culture because according to this film it shows us that superheroes were created and came about because of the other comic books that were being left and cause for the rise of something that brought justice and seem educational on morals and law!

An Annotated Source I Found Useful

Spiegelman, Art. Maus. New York: Random House Inc, 1983. Print.

What a fine source to use for my analytic essay. The graphic narrative "Maus" is a perfect example of what comics have been striving to do for years. My sole argument for my essay really boils down to how comics are no longer meant for all audiences anymore, and the course material in this book helps me prove this. This story is truly a narrative portrayed through seemingly harmless animals. It holds the same complex George Orwell's "Animal Farm", but instead of discussing the ruthless takeover of communist Russia, "Maus" depicts a vivid story of surviving the Holocaust. It all is from the perspective of Spiegelman interviewing his emotionally distant father who tells him in pieces the true reason for his mothers suicide and why he is so stead fast in not spending money and doing manual labor himself. The story gets a lot more gut wrenching and brutal, but for the purpose of my essay this is exactly what I require. I assure you that I will also have at least five academic sources, but utilizing this mirthless story will be the building block of what I am trying to convey.

Ready to save the real world!?

In the movie, Unbreakable, it was about an ordinary man discovering what his true destiny is, all thanks to the help from a man whom was obsessed with comics. The man’s name was Elijah and Elijah as it had shown in the movie, was obsessed with comics from when he was a child. He has a condition that is very rare which causes him to break his bones so easily. As he realizes that he breaks so easily, his theory is that out there, there is someone who is unbreakable. This is where David comes into the movie. It all begins when there is a terrible train wreck and only one survivor out of so many had lived. This was David, whom was unharmed the whole time of the wreck and from there Elijah starts to pursue him, trying to prove he is unbreakable. It takes some time for David to believe and as he is trying himself to understand what is going on with him, his world gets more hectic, like his son actually pulling out a gun and pointing it at him ready to shoot, just to prove he won’t die. As time passes by, David realizes he is unbreakable but has a weakness, just like the way superman does. Elijah is the one who discovers his weakness which is water.
When David finally accepts the truth, he than helps a civilian family in need from a bad man. He decided to become a new superhero that hides his identity. As David goes to see Elijah to thank him, he touches Elijah’s hand and realizes that Elijah himself was also lying. He was the one who de-railed the train and sacrificed all those people just to find David. Elijah says the most important thing of all which is that David is set to be the hero but every hero has to have a villain. So Elijah became his enemy and David walked away.
This movie was a good one. It had a realistic feeling to it, nothing like these other superhero movies with graphic effects and such. It had a sense of realism to it, and I thought that was thing that made it so great. This movie relates to Maus, and Our Cancer Year, because even though these comics are series, they have real events going on in them. In Unbreakable, it has the same feeling of real life events and it’s based on the actual reality of things. So if someone dies than someone dies, or if the villain does something wrong than they actually go to prison not another alternate universe or if the superhero wants to save the day than they save real life events not made up meteors or ugly creators of the night. That’s how it relates to Maus and Our Cancer Year, because they talk about and have the feeling of real life consequences to them.

Unbreakable.... A great movie

Unbreakable starts off with a baby being born (Elijah) who is born with the disease Osteogenesis imperfecta a disease where bones can easily break. Time passes.....
It is also about a security guard named David Dunn who’s coming home from work and a train he is on derails and crashes. 131 die, one survives (David), he also has no injuries not even a cut. Before that he’s a big time college football player that is supposed to have a promising future. He’s dating  a cheerleader and they are in a bad car accident she gets hurt pretty bad but once again David is perfectly fine; She becomes his wife....Later.  Elijah runs a comic book art gallery and has a  theory that they are what remains of an ancient system of storytelling, and the superheroes they are about are based on real people. Elijah believes David may be one of these people. He has never been injured or taken a sick day from work, and he has tremendous strength, plus the ability to tell if someone is about to or has done something bad. Comic book specialist Elijah contacts David to confront him with a theory: David doesn't know what to think about the theory, or Elijah himself. Elijah, who has been nicknamed "Mr. Glass" because he has fragile bones, thinks that David has got what he doesnt. He starts to find things or remember things out of his past after he has this talk with Elijah. David has never been sick or physically hurt, and his strength exceeds more than he ever knew. After spending time trying not to believe in what Elijah was telling him David started to take his gift to help others. He has another gift that when he touches people he can see wrongs they committed out there pass. He finds this guy that killed this man and his wife but still has the kids at their home, so he follows the man to the house and saves the kids. He goes to see Elijah later and for the first time he shakes his hand. He saw that all those big “accidents” over the past few years were set up by Mr. Glass. Elijah thinks he had to do everything he did to find David; he felt that in his heart that there was more to the reason of his body being the way it is but in doing so he found that his role in this story was the villain because he’s the opposite of everything David is.
This was such a great movie about normal people that have crazy abilities but don’t want to admit it because it doesn’t seem possible. David was strong but he was a man before super hero that’s why he faked his injury in the car accident so that he could be with his girlfriend but he also went to save those kids without weapons or help.

Oh no, not the C word!!

In the comic, Our Cancer Year, discusses a real traumatic event in the lives of Harvey and Joyce. They tell the story about how they were faced with the possibility of Harvey having cancer. Fortunately for Harvey it was only a scare. However they were fearful of that fact that when Harvey went into the hospital for a removal of a hernia and the doctor found a tumor. It was a lymphoma, and that scared Joyce terribly. The doctor was very na├»ve in telling Joyce about the tumor and how Harvey was going to need a CAT scan. Not knowing what a CAT scan was, or not receiving any other information from the doctor about it, Joyce assumed the worse immediately, cancer. Joyce was terrified of the possibility that her husband had cancer and that she was going to lose him. Luckily Joyce had a friend who told her about using the toll free number to get information on cancer. During her call with the cancer hotline Joyce receive clarification about a CAT scan. She also requested information about cancer, to read and gain a better understanding of what they could possibly be facing. When Harvey went in for his CAT scan and results he found out that it had been contained and there were no signs of cancer.

Cancer is a serious disease that is difficult to cope with. It took Harvey by surprise just as it did Joyce. Harvey being a good man decided that it was necessary to fill out a will and make sure Joyce would be alright. Even though it may have seemed to be premature actions that were taken, when a situation of this nature occurs in your family you have to think ahead.

Cancer has occurred in my family. My mother was twice diagnosed with breast cancer. When you hear that someone close to you has cancer you react in certain ways. When we found out both times that my mother had breast cancer it was very difficult for my father, siblings and myself to deal with. Just like Joyce we assumed the worst case scenario when the doctor informed us that the she had breast cancer. My mother was first diagnosed in 1998 on her left breast, then a few years later in 2004 on her right breast. I am thankful to God to still have my mother and pray each day that the cancer never comes back!
I really enjoy this comic, Our Cancer Year, especially because I could relate to Joyce and how she felt.

Will Eisner's Revised Instruction Book

Eisner, Will. Comics and Sequential Art. 2nd Edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2008. Print.

Comics and Sequential Art is a masterwork of the twentieth century’s great American artist, Will Eisner. He was a pioneer in the field of comic arts. In his revised classic book Comics and Sequential Art, he refines the art of graphic storytelling into clear, concise principles that every cartoonist, comic artist, writer, and filmmaker needs to know. The book is an essential text filled with invaluable theories and easy-to-use techniques. Eisner has revealed the fundamentals of graphic storytelling. He addresses dialogue, anatomy, framing, and many other important aspects of the art form. This updated instructional book is as valuable a guide as the 1st edition. And, I will be using this book to understand and the guide readers of my research paper through the types of comic books and how they changed with time.

Looking into the Future of Comics Annotations

Understanding Comics
McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics: Invisible Art. HarperCollins, U. S., 1994. Print.

Scott McCloud is considered one of the pre-eminent comics theorists on the basis of his Understanding Comics, a important work in comics theory. McCloud's work is still fundamental to comics theory, especially due to his own practical use of comics language engaging with more theoretical vocabulary or reference to theory like semiotics, post-structuralism, or narratology. McCloud revisits many of the ideas and vocabularies raised in Understanding Comics, such as the gutter and the representation of time through visual sequence, in order to reconsider, develop, and extend these ideas, especially in the context of technology and digital media. The economic slowdown of comics in the 1990’s, which could suggest the waning cultural import of comics, Reinventing Comics becomes mostly a type of manifesto arguing for the aesthetic, cultural, technological, commercial, pedagogical and artistic potential for the medium.McCloud's spends the second half of the book on an exploration of the intersection between comics and digital media, after the Comic book industry developing a more economic and commercial model for a reinvigorated comics industry. The research topic that would be making my argument is looking at Comic books as acceptable literature for educational purpose will be on the theory's of Scott McCloud's whole overall theme in "Understanding Comics." McCloud's whole message that the current state in the 1990's was that of an absent one. and the state of Comic book in our current time an acceptable form of media.

Ken Schenck, Superman, and Jesus

Schenck, Ken. Superman: A Popular Culture Messiah. New York: Peter Lang, 2005. Print.

A Popular Culture Messiah goes into depth on the topic of  the similarities between Superman and Jesus by analyzing the "eight Christic personalistic traits" and ultimately concludes that Superman is a replica of Jesus. Schenck covers Superman's divine paternity, earthly existence, divine naming, and divine calling among other things which prove the parallels shared between Superman and Jesus.

Persepolis

Persepolis is a movie based on a biographical comic books by Marjane Satrapi. The movie starts out with Marjane sitting in an airport reminiscing on her childhood. We are taken to Iran and introduced to Marjane as a young girl growing up in the middle of the Islamic revolution in Iran during the 1980s. She is a rambunctious kid who's middle class parents participate in rallies fighting for a better society. We meet her Uncle who was imprisoned for trying to re-enter Iran from the Soviet Union. Iranian society only becomes more and more oppressive as the years go by. The war leads to Marjane witnessing terrible atrocities and losing hope in God. She finds every chance to rebel, for example listening to western culture music and wearing westernized clothing. Scared that she will be arrested, her parents send her to Vienna. While in Vienna, Marjane jumps around from house to house until she ends up on the streets and nearly dies from Bronchitis. She ends up in a hospital and contacts her parents and asks to return to Iran. She goes back and falls into a deep depression, but finally snaps out of it and decides to go to college and while getting her degree she sees how hypocritical Iranian rules are, especially concerning the way men could dress compared to all the rules women had to follow with their clothing. Also to avoid being fined for holding her boyfriend, Reza's hand, the young couple marry. Shortly after though, her marriage falls apart and she divorces him. Consequently her family suggests that Marjane leaves Iran for good to avoid arrest. We see Marjane in present day sitting in a cab telling the cabie she is from Iran. Her doing so proves she held fast to what her Uncle and Grandmother told to do, to never forget who she was.

Scott McCloud addresses in his book "Understanding Comics" that comics have the ability to be about anything, anything at all. I would have never guessed that the story of a girl growing up in Iran during the revolution would make a good comic and eventually animated movie, but McCloud and Satrapi again shows their superior intellect by proving that comics are a medium that is only limited by people's own lack of creativity and adventurous nature.

Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. I appreciated the fact that it had a comic book feel to it with the animation. The plot was a shockingly serious topic, but as discussed in class, the animated characters made it easier to relate to, so the fact that it was an animated film didn't detract from the profound emotions that were portrayed. I think, like Maus, I will have to add Persepolis to my reading list.

Jews in Comic Books


Kaplan, Arie. "Jews in Comic Books: How American Jews Created The Comic Book Industry."                 MyJewishLearning. 9 April. 2012 http://www.myjewishlearning.com.

This web article by Arie Kaplan is very helpful for my research paper as it briefly analyzes how the Jewish people were able to suceed in comics as well as how many characters are influenced by their tradition. My research topic is on how comics have been used to retell stories and also why comic creators choose to do this. Jews in Comic Books discusses how throughout time comic books have been controlled by Jewish people and how the Jewish tradition can be reflected by the superheroes they create. Arie Kaplan also gives a few examples of several superheroes who show Jewish influnce like Capitan America, The Fantastic Four, and the X-Men.

Annotation of Andrea Kuszewski's Blog Post

Kuszewski, Andrea. “Walking the Line Between Good and Evil: The Common Thread of Heroes and Villains”. Scientific Americans. , March 31, 2011.

Kuszewki's blog points out that comic books tend to focus on the battles between super heroes and villains; in other words, good and evil. It also points out that in reality villains and heroes aren't so different after all; in fact, the people who tend to do the most heroic things usually straddle the line between good and evil. This relates to my research topic because it explains that heroes and villains should not be held at opposite sides of the spectrum. In order to help superheroes become literary characters they must become more realistic. Maybe, changing the stereotypical “good guy” superhero into someone not so good who does heroic things might do that.

09 April 2012

[U]n[BREAK]able

The movie unbreakable starts out in the past time to a new born baby, later known as Elijah, who appears to have his legs and arms broken without any sort of violent contact. The movie skips ahead to the present where a man, David a security guard who is the main character, is on a train headed home from New York. This train is derailed and David shocks everyone by being the only survivor of this accident. After this incident his reaction is more aware, he now seems to value this miracle and looks for signs. Outside the funeral of the other passengers of the train a note is left on David's car with a question: Have you ever been sick one day in your life? This hits him hard and sends his mind elsewhere. He see's this as a sign really thinking about if he ever has been sick, asking his wife and co-workers wondering what meaning this note has behind it. He traces the stamp back to where the note originated and has a chat with Elijah who thinks David could sure enough be a super hero, which sounds ridiculous right? David appears to let this go in one ear and out the other, which surely isn't the case underneath the front David is trying to put up. After this Elijah starts showing up in his life more and more day to day trying to convince him of this comic inspired idea. From then on he shows David the signs; David is a security guard so he protects people, he cheated death on the derailing of the train without a scratch, and he hasn't been sick one day in his life but he does have a past with water. David experienced a life threatening accident when he was younger drowning in a pool but was saved. This is another important sign; every superhero is great but has a weakness, David's is water. Elijah is doing something much bigger than just getting into David's head about all this he ultimately testing him, secretly. David starts to accept this ability he has of being a "superhero" and is convinced this is no coincidence but more of a gift for the good. In the end Elijah has tested him to where David learns he is the good while Elijah is the evil. He has been testing David causing these events to test whether or not he is strong enough to survive them, Elijah all along has been the villain. He has done this for himself and David. David now knows of his newfound gift and Elijah knows his place in the world.
Unbreakable is a good source in showing a reality of superheroes not just as cartoons, and showing the villains are too breakable. They are the second role, but the strongest overpower in the end. This can be related to Superman. Superman as a child learned of his powers but also chose to keep them hidden, while also having his own weakness. Superheroes can't be broken given the right gift and the right mind of using this gift.

Unbreakable=Super & Breakable=Eww!

Unbreakable is a movie about a man who is indestructible. This man doesn't know his own gift until later in his life after he is the only survivor of a terrible train wreck. However, the indestructible man named David is not the one who discovers his gift it is actually a man named Elijah who is the opposite of him. This man hears about Davids survival and reaches out to him with a theory about David. His theory is that since he is so breakable and continuously getting hurt than their must be someone out there who is unbreakable. He looks at himself and David as being on a spectrum and he is on one side and David is on the opposite side. Their is one problem to Elijah's theory which is: David almost drowned as a child. After discovering this news Elijah is upset and is contemplating in a comic book store where he comes across a Superman comic. He remembers that Superman had a weakness which was Kryptonite and this relates to David. David's weakness is water. David finally accepts the fact that he is Unbreakable and decides to help people who are in need. David's gift has helped Elijah find his place in the world. Since they are on opposite sides of the spectrum and David must use his gift for good then Elijah must have been put on this world for Evil.
This was an interesting movie and in a sense it relates to the comic we read about Superman. David decides to keep his identity hidden along with Superman. They both use their strength for good. Superman and his villains are always opposites like David and Elijah. The main similarity is that they both have a weakness. Obviously, Elijah also sees the similarity since a Superman comic is what helped prove his theory.

Comics in the Classroom

Wilson, Chris. "The Best Comics for Your Classroom." The Graphic Classroom. N.p., April,7,2012. Web. 9 Apr 2012. . Print.

I am using the blog website The Graphic Classroom, to support my essay on why it's important for comics to be taught in the classroom, and what comics are popular within the elementary age groups. The Website takes each comic that is appropriate to be taught in the classroom, and then they review it. The editor of the Blog states "I know that reading is a problem for many students today. I feel strongly that comics and graphic novels can be one way that we can combat this problem." and this is what I am going to base my essay around, trying to prove that comics can solve many reading problems that kids have today.

Use the Enemy. Use Anarchy.

Persopolis is based on the autobiographical comic of the same name by Marjane Satrapi. It tells the story of the author’s coming of age in Iran during the war with Iraq, her move to Vienna to attend high school away from the war, her return to Iraq and her final move to Paris. The animation in the movie was also done by Satrapi and is incredibly accurate to the illustrations in the comic. Along with being accurate to the comic, they are extremely creative in the use of only black and white with the exception of a few scenes in the present day that are depicted in color. Weaving in and out of dreams and thoughts and swirling back into the story seamlessly. Marjane makes for an interesting character in the comic with her head banging to 80’s metal, wearing patch-covered leather jackets and supporting anarchism in a very calm and experienced manner. When her peers seem to be spoiled kids from rich families that were sent away to boarding school because their constant whining about the system was getting very annoying to their busy parents, but Marjane has witnessed political turmoil and bloodshed. The fact that she got to leave and grow up in a safe environment fills her with guilt for her countrymen and people her age that weren’t so lucky or weren’t even alive. Her personality is brooding and troubled but the story doesn’t get drudged down, it manages to keep it’s pace and liveliness in the movie.

I don't really understand why autobiographical authors use their own names in their books and comics, personally, I would give myself a very creative name. Marjane uses her own name in Persopolis exactly how Harvey and Joyce use their real names in their comic Our Cancer Year.
Luckily modern America has not experienced a war on the home front. But that terror and devastation is known very well around the world. In WW II the US benefitted from the fall of European countries and their reconstruction. Sometimes it’s easier to talk about things you don’t know about. In this case, Americans talk a lot about war and attacking other countries, but maybe we would think harder about it if we knew the destruction first hand.

Fresh Jasmine Flowers


Persepolis is a movie we watched based a book written by Marijane Satrapi, which is the story of her life growing up in Tehran, Iran. Persepolis was published in France and then in 2003 published in the United States after it won many awards. The story is about Maji's childhood and trying to grow up through the Islamic revolution in 1979. While growing up she had her mother father and grandmother there to support her every move and eventually had to break it to her that society was going down the drain. Maji was just trying to live a normal life as much as she could by acting like any other kid wanting to be involved in the pop culture and what’s “in” style. Maji focused a lot on imagine and wanting to express herself in the way she liked. By doing this it made it harder for her to grow up because of the strict rules their society has to abide by wouldn’t allow this. Girls were not supposed to be so outspoken and only have one purpose to get married one day and have a family. She had to wear a veil at all times and have no skin showing or any make-up. Girls were simply looked down upon and Maji rebelled against this standard.

Living conditions started to get worse, were Iran was being bombed every day in and all around here neighborhood. So Maji’s parents sent her off to Vienna, Austria because they thought she would be safe and have a better life there. Maji went through many struggles when she moved here because she couldn’t find a place to fit in or be accepted. She felt like she could not connect with anybody and by trying to find herself she experimented like any other teenager does. She started having sexual relations with guys thinking they would fill a void that was missing, also started to smoke and drink. Maji was not happy and finally moved back with her parents to fill that void that was missing.

I loved this movie, I thought the animation and the message it was giving across was amazing. I thought Persepolis related to the reading Our Cancer Year because they were both true stories. They both focused on the struggle of one characters life and how they defied the obstacles. Both just simple showed it was possible to get through anything when friends and family are by your side to help.

The Life of Ms. Satrapi


Persepolis is a simple story told by simple means. The films pictures are arranged into the chronicle of a young girl’s, Marjane, coming of age in difficult times. Persepolis, austere as it may look, is full of warmth and surprise, alive with humor and a fierce independence of spirit.
            Marjane’s Grandmother is the sturdy matriarchal anchor of Persepolis, a source of humor, advice, and moral guidance for young Marjane, and also embodiment of the film’s no nonsense feminism. Like her grandma, Marjane is a natural rebel, someone who takes freedom as her birthright and dares the world to challenge her. Marjane grows up in a family that suffers under the Shah’s dictatorship. Against the forces of intolerance and superstition, Marjane, following her grandmother’s example, takes an impetuous stand as a champion of enlightenment. The political dimensions of her story are as clear and bold as her graphic style, but Persepolis traffics more in feelings than in slogans, and dwells most persuasively on the uncertainty and ambivalence of adolescence. As in Our Cancer Year, Satrapi’s illustrations are similar in the way that they both lean more towards trying to show us the true emotions coming from the characters, rather than trying to be perfect drawings.
            Persepolis dramatizes this dilemma without forcing in into an easy or sentimental resolution. Persepolis is whimsical and daring, a perfect expression of the imagination’s resistance to the literal minded and the power mad, who insist that the world can only be seen in black and white.