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.