08 November 2009


This movies first begins with Evey being rescued by V. He is a masked man who is very skilled in fighting. As the movie goes on, Evey and V become really close and start to bond with one another. Evey begins to find out about the past of V and the background behind his life. Evey becomes V’s ally and helps him to achieve freedom and justice within the corrupt society. V is the only one that is willing to stand up against the government. Part of it has to do with what the government had done to him a long time ago. He starts to search for people one by one and quickly take them all down, in his attempt to overthrow the Great Britain government. In the end, he kills all the people that he set out for, but dies.

The movie really reminded me of Batman. It reminded me of Batman because they both wanted revenge for what happen in their past, so they become this masked vigilante in order to achieve this. Along with that, everyone in the society was corrupt and there were very few people you could trust. Also there was a woman involved in both movies that each masked man wanted to be with.

I read everybody’s blog and it didn’t really seem like anyone enjoyed it very much. I thought it was awesome. The storyline was great and it really made me want to keep watching the movie. I think that it is definitely a movie worth buying.

Villan or Hero?

When I walked into class on Monday morning I was very surprised to find that we were watching the movie “V for Vendetta” I thought maybe we would watch a movie more familiar like Spiderman or Batman. I did not know that “V for Vendetta” was based off of a comic book and was very surprised to find out so.

The movie states out with a young women walking over to one of her friends houses, one night and on her way she is stopped by men working for the high chancellor. She is put into a life and death situation when out of nowhere a man in a mask who calls himself V rescues the young woman Evey Hammond and an unlikely bond between the two emerges which results with Evey becoming Vs ally. Evey learns a general summary of V's past and, after a time, decides to help him bring down those who committed the atrocities that led to Britain being in the shape that it is in.

The movie is set in Britain which is filled with torture cells, unfair punishments, and prejudice against minorities. However in the mist of all this chaos, one man known only by the name V dares to stand up to the government and is said to be as a terrorist. V has a passion for justice and he also is bitter and has his own personal hatred of the government for something they did to him long ago. As November the 5th, the day V says he and those who will follow him will stand up to the government once and for all approaches, a detective named Detective Finch becomes more and more determined to uncover the truth about V, however his search leads him to ask to question whether or not he is on the right side.

The movie ends with V convincing Mr. Creedy to bring him the High Chancellor by offering up himself in exchange. After V has Creedy promptly kill the Chancellor, Creedy then orders his men to kill V. V, having worn the armor breastplate from the suit of armor survives multiple gunshots, and proceeds to kill all of Creedy's men, finally killing Mr. Creedy. At this point V have been viciously wounded and there is no question wither or not he was going to die from the attack. V staggers back to Evey, only to die in her arms. Evey places his body on the London Underground Tram, surrounded by roses, but just as Evey is getting ready to pull the switch to send V’s body and the explosives towards parliament Inspector Finch reaches the abandoned station and tries to convince Evey otherwise. However, he has a revelation, and allows Evey to send the train. Outside, the citizens of London are all wearing V’s costume and rapidly advancing towards the Parliament building. The military, now at a loss after Mr. Creedy's death, does not stop them. The explosive tram collides with the Parliament, and completely destroys the building. Evey and the Inspector watch the fantastic explosion, and Evey tells the inspector how V truly is an ideal, and can never truly die, as long as all of mankind longs for freedom.

I can’t say I liked this movie all too much, I did find it interesting however. I was a little disappointed that the movie was rated R because I do not watch rated R movies. I had seen this movie on T.V. so I found little desire to watch it again.

The Villian V

I would have to say that the movie, “V for Vendetta” was not one of my favorite movies. The movie starts out with a man by the name of V saving a girl named Evey and tells her to come and watch a symphony with him. V says that it is going to be magnificent! Evey says that she should be getting home, but V talks her into it and she goes. Evey and V walk out on a roof top and V starts conducting music, which Evey doesn’t hear for a little while until a building blows up. Evey is very startled and doesn't really know what to do at this point. This opening scene really sets the stage for the rest of the movie.

V’s character is an escapee from an insane asylum that is run by Norsefire. V is badly treated and ends up getting severely burned all over his body. He is seeking revenge from those people who treated him this way and most and his final plan is to free the people by blowing up the Parliaments. He is recognized by wearing a white, smiling mask with long black hair, and a cape. Evey, I guess you could say is sort of a side kick to V’s plan, but like most movies both V and Evey end up falling in love at the end of the movie, before V is brutally shot and dies in Evey’s arms. Evey tells V that she doesn’t want to live in fear anymore from her awful experiences as a child. The only way that V knows how to fix this problem is make her go through the some of the same processes that he had to go through in the insane asylum. In the end, what V did to her worked and she was no longer afraid of what was going to happen to her and if she was ever going to get caught for working with a terrorist. V’s plan worked, in the end he ends up killing the high chancellor, Sutler and all of the rest of the people who tortured him in the asylum. V dies before he can finish his task of blowing up the Parliaments. Evey decides that she needs to finish it for V and to give the people hope. Parliament is blown to pieces and V’s life work is accomplished, the people make a stand, wearing V’s same mask as they storm parliament’s grounds.

I have honestly never heard of this movie and was not really impressed. I wish that there was a little bit more to V’s background and of what happened at the insane asylum. I am not quite sure why he does exactly what he does. Yes, I understand that he is seeking revenge, but there has to be more of a reason to kill everybody that he does. I think that most of the time the colors in the movie were so dark that I couldn’t really see the fight scenes or some of the action that is taking place. I kind of don’t understand the story, but am glad that I have seen it and will probably only ever watch it this one time. I don’t know if I would really recommend it to anyone.

07 November 2009

V for Vendetta the peoples villain

The movie V for Vendetta is a great villain movie. It is about a man they they only know by his mask. He wears a white Halloween type mask. It is very mysterious because we never see his face, but the one thing we do see are his red hands. They look to be extremely burnt because of a fire to the insane asylum. V, the mysterious villain, is looked at as a terrorist to the government. He has the people rally behind him in his quest to overthrow the Great Britain government. V fights for the rights of the people. He can easily be seen as a convict because he does kill a couple cops, but they deserved it. What I mean is the people of Great Britain are not given the freedom they deserve. Evey, Natalie Portman, plays the role of V's sidekick. In the end when V dies she carries out his mission and blows up a historic building to show his disapproval of the government.
I had never seen this movie before and I liked it. It was a nice change from normal hero movies. The hero is a bad guy in a sense but he fights for the people. I would compare this movie to Robin hood because both men fight for what is right.

06 November 2009

3 out of 5 star movie

Watching movies isn't exactly my forte, and hardly am I ever willing to sit through a movie without getting nervous and begin talking about irrelevant topics that hardly relate to the movie. However, even though it's hard for me to watch movies, I have always wanted to watch V for Vendetta. When I first saw the previews of a masked man, with a mischievous smile, killing government officials, I could hardly wait for it to come out. Of course, though, I never made the effort to watch the adventure movie. Only now, after I have watched the movie from beginning to end, I can't say I regret waiting so long to watch the film.

As the movie is a production from the comic book "V for Vendetta", written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd, the story follows a terrorist, also known as "V", who is seeking revenge from being tortured in a concentration camp controlled by Norsefire. Not only is Britain being led by Norsefire's high chancellor, Adam Sutler, but Britain society is turning into totalitarian, of which V is trying to bring to an end. In order for V to apply his aspirations of freeing Britain, he claims that on the fifth of November he will destroy the Houses of Parliament and he advises the people of Britain to rise against the government so they can gain back their independence. Alongside of V is Evey, who helps save V's life on the occasion and of course every movie needs a love story. The two not only help each other with their fears but they fall in love; however, they will never be able to be with one another as V dies after being brutally shot. The movie ends with fireworks spreading across the sky while Evey explains that V is in every one of us, as we are all him.

V for Vendetta is a good film. Actually, I think the story is much better, but isn't it always? I wouldn't recommend the movie by saying it is the best action/adventure movie, but I'd suggest it is a good movie to watch on a Friday night when you have nothing better to do. The acting was alright, Evey, played by Natalie Portman, did a fine job and probably the best job; although, I think she could work on her British accent a little bit. Overall, I'm glad I didn't watch V for Vendetta in theaters because I would have been disappointed. Watching it on DVD was enough to say, "That was an alright movie."

27 October 2009

Maus is really a mouse.

The story of the mouse named Artie is pretty interesting. It is about a mouse who has written a comic book and his dad finds it. The dad is going through some rough times because his wife is being a real pain to him. The comic that Artie had written made the father remember his late wife Anja. There is a story within the story because Artie's comic book is presented. It is about a man in prison who finds out his mother killed herself. The mom had slit her wrists and bled to death. This comic was very creepy and gloomy. All the characters were black and white and their facial expressions were almost unseen. But back to the story of Artie. In the story the mice are portrayed as Jews and the Nazi's are seen as cats chasing after them. I like the connection the writer makes here. Even the artwork was very gloomy making the tone of the story seem sad.
The art in both the stories is mostly black and white stencil. The facial expressions of the mice were very simple. But in Artie's comic, the characters have very creepy expressions. The comic is very abstract and the black and white colors enhance the expressions.

20 October 2009

Better Late Than Never--A Tragedy of Maus

Lately, we’ve been assigned to read “Maus,” an autobiographical comic book about the history of the Holocaust through the eyes’ of the author’s (Art Spiegelman) father, Vladek. In chapter five, through a third person’s point of view, we watch (and I say watch because I felt as though I was watching Spiegelman’s story unravel) Spiegelman meets up with his father to learn another portion of his father’s effort of survival as a Polish Jew. Vladek explains to his son how he and his wife, Anja, went through obstacles to get away from the ghettos while leaving behind and losing family. Tragically, Vladek and Anja suffer through mind afflicting events that happen. Yet, regardless of their misery, they survived the holocaust only with detrimental effects that follow them for the rest of their lives.

“Maus” is comparable to “Our Cancer Year” since the art is in black and white. But that’s it. The particular art in “Maus” is well done and clear. Each character is easily identifiable considering “Our Cancer Year’s” art has dark ink and a lot of lines where I couldn’t tell the character’s apart. Also, I noticed that the art in “Maus” didn’t have any emotion; there weren’t any tears rolling down the mice’s face and I wouldn’t have been able to read any emotion if it weren’t for their hands covering their faces when they were sad. It isn’t a bad thing because I suppose that helped the clarity of the pictures. Which reminds me, I remember in class Professor Villarreal mentioned animal metamorphoses…at least I think that’s what the word was, “metamorphoses.” Well, while I’m on that subject I’ve been thinking why on earth would Jews be represented as mice and the Natzi be represented by cats? As I began to think more deeply, I came up with the idea that perhaps the Jews were considered to be mice because they were seen as a plague to the Nazi. Cats chase mice because they want to eat them. A cat chase mouse sort of game; thus, maybe Spiegelman was trying to add emphasis on the superiority that the Nazis wanted to have over the Jews. I could be way off here, but there’s an idea that I’ve wanted to get off my chest.

Anywho! “Maus” stood out from the past comics we’ve read not only because I got emotionally attached but also because the story had a nice flow and there was a lot of depth. The autobiography told a story that wasn’t boring or hard to follow; unlike past comics we’ve read, I understood everything that was happening and I didn’t find myself getting bored. I’m disappointed it was only chapter five that we were assigned to read. I know “Maus” won the Pulitzer Prize for a reason, but in order to see that reason, reading more will only help accomplish that.

19 October 2009

The Cautious Maus

Maus is a comic different from most that we have read this semester. Its facts with down about a man's journey through the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of his son. His son is a up and coming comic artist. Art is the young man's name. His father apparently is a loner since the death of his wife because he calls his son in the beginning at 7:00 am for help. When Art comes over, his father declines his assistance. His father becomes upset about a comic detailing the death of his wife.

The comic goes into the past to 1943. It begins to tell the story of the transporting of the Jew to the concentration camps. The Nazis began to take Jews to a ghetto in Srouda. Anja becomes informed of this by her brother-in-law and is asked to be moved. Art's father, Vladek, moves his family inside a empty home. However, Vladek and his family is caught due to the probability that another Jew snitched on him. But, Vladek is smart by befriending some of the Nazi soldiers. Finally, Vladek is released by the soldier for a randsom paid by his cousin Haskel. However, Haskel is sneaky and corrupt and gets Anja's family killed.

Vladek and Art arrive at a bank. Vladek claims Art as his heir to his valuables after he dies. The story ends with his father crying of his dead wife. Maus was a very orginial tale. It is an exact account of the war for the Jews. I thought it was great and refreshing orginial. The idea of Jews being mice was very different. This is also a very somber story when refering to Art and his father Vladek. I could definitely read more of this story.

Survivors Tale

This comic is an autobiography on one of the people that was a survivor of the holocaust. The comic first starts out by Artie roller skating as a young kid. His roller skate broke and his friends rolled off without him. He came in crying to his dad and his dad asked him to hold the wood he was sawing and made a comment on friends. The start of Chapter 5 shows Artie sleeping and getting a phone call from Mala saying that his dad needed him to come over to help fix the drainpipe. Artie expresses his frustration with his dad to his wife and how his father drove him crazy when he asked him to fix things. About a week later, Artie comes over to see his dad and Mala tells him that his dad might have read his comic about his mom committing suicide. The comic is called Prisoner on the Hell Planet. It is about Artie blaming himself for his mothers death and how he had to comfort his father instead of him comforting Artie. Next Artie and his dad walk to the bank and Artie’s dad starts to tell Artie about his experiences in 1943. Vladek starts with telling Artie about being moved to the ghetto and having to live in a small cottage. Other people in the ghetto had to sleep outside. Vladek had to make a decision on whether he would send his young son away with someone else so he would be safer or keep his son there with him. Vladek decided to send his son with Persis so his son might have a better chance of living, but he found out later that his son died.
I can’t imagine this happening to anyone. I really liked this comic because it was about something that really happened. I’m not very good in history classes, but I think I would enjoy learning history through a comic rather then reading regular history books. I thought this was the best comic we read so far because it addressed real issues that made the reader want to continue reading

The Mice in the Holocaust

The comic was actually quite interesting and made me remember what I had been taught in history class about the holocaust. It was awful, the things that people did to hide and survive. At the beginning of the comic, Vladek calls his son Artie and asks him to come and help him fix something on his roof. Artie tells his father that he will be over the following weekend to help fix the roof. Artie finally shows up to help and finds out that his father had done the job already. When Artie goes inside to talk to his father’s new wife, Mala he finds out that Mala had found a story that Artie had written about his mother when she died. After Artie is finished looking at the story, his father walks in and tells Artie that the story made him sad and that he really missed his sweet wife, Anja.

Later, Vladek and Artie begin walking to the bank when Artie asked his father “what happened to you and Anja after the big selection at the stadium?” His father’s response was: “Well, for a time it was everything quiet. Then in 1943 came an order: All Jews what are left in Sosnowiec must go to live in an old village nearby called srodula.” Srodula was a holding camp for the Jews that were going to eventually go to Auschwitz. Artie and his father began talking about what happened and how his father had to make hide-a-ways for his family so that the guards wouldn’t find them and haul them away. Vladek talked of how they had no food and how the Germans would take the small children and those who were crying they would throw them against the wall to make them stop crying. The conditions were horrible.

Even though Vladek and his wife Anja paid off the guard to get their nephew, parents and each other out, only Vladek, his wife and his nephew were saved. Anja’s parents were taken and immediately put into the gas chambers. As time went on, Vladek and Anja were saved because they were taken to a bunker by Vladek’s cousin and decided that they would rather starve then go out and give themselves to the guards or get shot. They waited for a long time and decided that it was safe to leave. Those who had waited with them went their separate ways and survived the holocaust. Anja killed herself years later and Vladek remarried. Vladek gave all of his savings to Artie because he was worried that he was going to die of a heart attack. The story ends with Artie and his father leaving the bank and going home.

This story really touched me. I really like that the Jews were represented as mice. It made the story seem a little lighter, then so serious but it was still very depressing. The art work was well done, but the thing that stood out to me the most was how the words were put together. It made Vladek seem quite illiterate, but also proved the point that he had grown up living in the ghetto and had no time to properly learn how to speak and read. It made the situation seem more real and trying.


This reading is about Artie and his father, Vladek. As they both walk to the bank Vladek began to tell Artie his story about his experience of being a Jew in the 1940’s. In 1943, an order was issued for the Jews in Sosnowiec to move to a village called Srodula, the ghetto. In the ghetto, Vladek and the other Jews were marched to work and marched back after work, then locked in after being counted. Vladek shares his story about him and a few others intrusting their children with a man called Persis, so that they could maybe be spared. His son Richieu was one of the children that went with Persis to Za wiercie. The Germans decided to finish the ghetto they were in, so Tosha decided to poison herself and the children because she didn’t want herself or the children to die in the gas chambers. Vladek and Anja didn’t find out until much later what happened to their son in Zawiercie. Vladek also draws out different bunkers for Artie so he can see the bunkers made that enabled him to survive and hide from the Gestapo. Vladek was caught and then escaped with the help of his friend because he still had valuables to pay for help. After staying in hiding Vladek and Anja finally are able to sneak out without being caught and head towards Sosnoweic. Vladek and Artie arrive to the bank and are getting an extra key for Artie. Vladek shows Artie a few of his things from his deposit box and some of them are valuables that he had since his time hiding in the bunkers. They were valuables that he retrieved after the war ended. The last part of the reading was about Vladek breaking down about missing his first wife Anja and regretting remarrying Mala.

I really liked this comic. I think I read the sequel of this reading. I liked that Art Spiegelman used mice to represent the Jews. I think it softened the harsher parts of the comic. One of the parts I thought were really harsh to read about was the part when the Gestapo men took the small children and smashed them against the wall. I think it is easier to imagine this happening to animals rather than humans. I also think this is a children’s book and I think they would understand the terminology of cats preying on mice and be able to relate it to the Gestapo preying on the Jews. Something I was thinking…Maybe Art Spiegelman used animals to represent the Germans and Jews because it is easier to imagine animals treating each other like how the Gestapo treated the Jews, rather than human beings treating each other that way. It’s hard to imagine people treating other people like how the Gestapo treated the Jews. It almost seems unreal and something that would be made up for horror stories. Maybe Jews running around hiding and how they were treated also made the Jews relatable to animals. I don’t know, these are just some of my thoughts. I would like to know why Art Spiegelman used mice and cats to tell his story…

Prisoner of the Hell Planet reminded me of My Year of Cancer. I didn’t like the art in the Prisoner of the Hell Planet, just like I didn’t like the art in My Year of Cancer. The people look weird and crazy. I think the art compliments the mood of the comic just like in My year of Cancer reading. It helps to tell the story and set the tone of the reading. They still look weird and crazy though...

I liked the combination of words and pictures in this comic, I think they complimented each other well. I felt like the words were the dominant medium telling the story.

18 October 2009


The comic "Maus" starts off with a story from Artie's childhood. He goes off to skate with he is friends, but accidently falls an they leave him, laughing and taunting him. Artie's father is near by and needs his help holding something. Vladek (Artie's father) asks why he is crying and Artie tells him why. after that the really story begans. we flip the page to Artie waking up to a phone call from Mala, who is telling him that his father is actign like the usual old man. He is wanting to fix things around the house. Vladek is becoming to old to be doing the work around th ehouse so he thought it would be a good idea to call his son to help him with the drain pipe. Artie doesn't reslly want to go so he makes up an excuse and give a solution to his father. Artie tells his father to call a repair man, but his V;adek hads already called a neighbor to help him. The next week, Artie goes to visit his father and Mala. He finds his father in the garage and asks him what his doing. Vladek answers with kind of a sour remark, "such jobs, i can do easily by myself" (Artie p. 98). Aertie takes the hint and leaves to greet Mala. He asks her if his father is mad, becuase he didn't want to help with the drain the week before. Mala doesn't think thats why. Then she tells Artie that his father had found and read the comic about his mother. "Prisoner on the Hell Planet," is about how Artie's mother committed suicide, and how it looks as if it were Artie's fault. Right when asrtie and Mala are done talking about the incident, Vladek walks in. Artie doesn't hesitate and asks his father about the comic adn him reading it. Valdek tells him that he found it when Artie asked him to find some stuff for him. Vladek says that he read it and that he cried after. artie tries to apologize for it, but his father insists that it was good for him to get it out of his system (Artie p. 104). Then it seems like Vladek wants a subject change, so he asks Artie if he is ready to walk to the bank with him. On the way to the bank Vladek tells the tale of him and Anja, Artie's late mother, and their survival through WWII. He tells him of how horrible it is to live, even in the better ghettos. Vladek tells of how Jews turned on their own within the camps and the very horrible loss of their family.

I really liked this reading. It pulled me into it, because it was something so real. There wasn't any, "sugar coding" as there is on usual stories of this sort. I really liked how he let us know how Tosha had to take the childrens lives. That part in the story really grabbed me and pulled me further into the story. I also liked the way his father would speak. His sentence structure is really someting else. However, my favorite thing in the entire story is the quote from Hitler. "The Jews are undoubtly a race, but they are not human" (Artie introduction). This automatically blew me away. It is a, truelly a great comic.

Small Sad Mouse Story

This comic starts off with Artie rollerblading with his friends but then breaks his skate and gets ditched. He tells his dad, Vladek, what happens and he tells Artie, "If you can lock them together in a roo for a week then you could see what it is, friends." Then the story flashes forward to the future with Artie getting a phone call from Mala, his step mother complaining about his father fixing a drain on the roof. His father gets on the phone and asks his son to come over to help. He doesn't. A week later Artie goes to his father's house and notices he's acting strange. He finds out from his step mother that Vladek read a comics that Artie made a long time ago about his life. It was a very person comic about his mom's suicide and the things he and his dad went through. Vladek read it and got all the bad memories back that he went through with Anja, his dead wife. Artie and Vladek go for a walk to the bank and on the way Vladek tell his son the story of what they experienced during WWII. He told him of all the hiding, moving, deception, hunger, killing, and most importantly the loss of all Anja's family. She lost everyone. When they arrive at the bank, Vladek tells his son that he's making an extra key to his belongings in case he were to die. In there he has a diamond that he gave to Anja and some other things that he managed to hide during the war. He wants him to have it instead in Mala, who wants all the money for herself after he dies. He tells him that she's already made him change the will four times. He then starts crying and calling out Anja's name.
I enjoyed this comic so much. I really got into it. I feel for them when they have to hide out. I can feel their desperation and fear. I can imagine what I would do in those situations. It must have been so hard. It makes me appreciate the freedom I have. I also feel for the father and son. I can relate to Artie because I sometimes feel the same way about my father. This comic was great.

Mouse Holes

This comic starts out with Artie as a little boy playing with his friends. He starts to cry because his friends leave because his roller skate becomes loose. He goes to his dad crying and his dad tries to comfort him and he tells Artie “that if you lock them together in a room for a week without food then you can see what it is friends!”
The comic shows Artie much older in his bed with his wife, talking on the phone with Mala about his father. His father then gets on the phone and asks Artie if he could come down to his house and help him with the drainage pipe. Artie says he can’t make it and is very sorry. The comic explains that he feels pressure from his father because he can’t do anything right in his eyes. A week later Artie goes to go see his father. When he gets there Artie’s father seems very mad at him. He goes to talk to Mala about it and finds out that he read one of his old comics he made. The comic was pretty much about Arties life. It was very personal. It talked about his mom committing suicide and how hard it was on him and his dad. His dad comes up from down stairs and Artie apologizes about the comic, and they talk about Anja (his mom). His dad forgives him and asks him to go with him to the bank. On the way to the bank the father starts telling Artie a story about his mother and him in the war.
His father tells him a lot of stuff that happened and what he went through. Artie did not realize the things his father had to go through and what he witnessed. He talks about making bunkers so that the Germans could not find them. He talks about how everyday he would get news about one of his close friends dying. One evening they received a visitor who claimed to be a father searching for food for his wife and kid. They sent him away with a little bit of food in the morning. Only to find out that that man was an informer, and later in the afternoon he rated them out to the Germans. They took them to a room with other prisoners. He tried to escape and help other escape but his plan did not work and Anja’s parents died. He continues telling stories about his days in the “ghetto” and how he found his way to survive along with Anja.
I enjoyed this comic. I learned a lot. I felt really bad for Arties father. He had gone through a lot. In the comic you can tell that their relationship between father and son grows a lot stronger as Artie begins to realize what his father went through. This comic was touching.

family history

This was a very interesting comic. It was a story about a son and his father, how this son did not appreciate his father and felt that his father always competed with him. He felt that he could never do anything right compared to his father. In reality his father had just been through so much that he wanted his son to do and be better. To me it started as a everyday family story, a son feels the pressure of his father and the father putting pressure on him from his past, and wanting his son to be better and not live as he did. His son did not realize his fathers past and what he had to endure to get where he is. He later realizes his father's story when his father see's a old comic that he had written a long time ago.This comic offended his father and brought him to tears. His son not realizing this when writting now see's the affect it has after listening to his father story of getting through the war.

This has to be my favorite comic so far. It is a real life story of someones journey. It was very realistic and got me involved as if I was right there in those bunkers. The names and the translation of certain sentences were a little confusing however, the story was great. This is a comic that I could read some more of. the art was not as great as I would have liked it to be but I feel that was the point. I feel that it was not that great so it did not take away from the story, it just added a little more to it.

16 October 2009

Laughter Pain and Crying

Our Cancer Year. What can I say. Refreshing different than majority of the comic that we have read in this class of lately. Harvey who apprently was livitng with Cancer and was unaware of it thinking he just needs surgery to fix a hernia. Harvey finds out that he has cancer and he and his wife try to cope with the problem. Even with Harvey being sick, he still trying to find work to do ultimately failing because his body is too weak. His wife Joyce, also has problems dealing with the thought of her husband having cancer. She gets angry and stressed over certain situations. She yell at someone who keeps asking about seeing the apartment. She eventually reaches out to one of her friends.

Our Cancer Year is a very originial piece. It over a lot of dry humor. Unfortuntately to me I think all of the humor is darn near entirely not need. Cancer is a very serious discussion. It is weird to read about a situation and people disrespecting the doctor. And the doctor has the nerve to ask his patient pricing on a house? I hate reading somber stories with situations like that.

Cancer is Boring

"Our Cancer Year" starts off with Joyce's brother, Tod, showing up at Joyce and Harvey's house. They will be moving into another house soon and they ask Tod to help move boxes since Harvey might have a hernia which they'll find out the next day at his appointment. Harvey ends up having a tumor which they remove. The doctor acts very weird when asked to explain more about the situation. All he tells him is that they'll run more tests on him in a few days. They're all scared but get help from different people and friends. In the worst case, Harvey is scared for Joyce and doesn't want to leave her alone. He goes to talk to a lawyer to make sure she's gets all the belongings if he dies. Joyce is a little more optimistic. She calls a hot line and tries to learn more about cancer. Harvey gets good news after his follow up appointment and finds out that his cancer hasn't spread. They are moving boxes later and Joyce asks Harvey to not lift the heavy blocks because she thinks he'll get hurt. He flips out and starts breaking things. That's pretty much main important parts of the comic.
This comic was weird. I didn't like the art at all. I had a hard time following what was going on and who was saying what because the transitions were random and the characters looked alike so I didn't know who was talking to who. After I read a panel I had to read the following ones to figure out who was talking. This made it hard to enjoy. The story line was not too interesting. I didn't really like anything about this comic.

One Word: Failure

Let down, frustrated, unhappy, disenchanted? Which synonym for disappointment would you prefer? After reading this comic about cancer I was about ready to throw it away. For such a serious topic, this comic handled cancer as if it was trivial. I am very disappointed with it. I wouldn’t read this comic, or any other comic by published by Thunder’s Mouth Press, again. If I wanted to read a comic that inconsiderably discussed cancer and its’ effects I would talk to a child who knew nothing about it.

I understand the problems and the effects of cancer, and also what the comic was trying to convey—but it was done badly. I don’t think the seriousness was in the comic, and it could have been a lot more considerable and better. The clarity of the art was lacking (the people and faces all seemed to have changed and at times were terrifying to look at) and the language was casual. Of which, the grammar was wrong! “Cancer,” “tumor,” “admissions,” do those REALLY need quotation marks? Doubt it. Unless it was being sarcastic…and if it was then that is only more offensive.

In a few sentences, the comic was about a man, Harvey, who was only going to the hospital for surgery. However, during surgery the doctor noticed he had a tumor which happened to be Lymphoma. Moving along a few pages, his wife, Joyce, finds ways of coping with the scary thought that her husband’s cancer has spread through out his body. Together, Harvey and Joyce go through anguish, anger, and acceptance. Eventually, the comic ends…and that’s it. I don’t’ really know what happens next, except Harvey’s cancer doesn’t spread and Joyce finishes the comic by holding on tightly to a woman. Some ending. I was left wondering, “What happens next? Does Harvey live? Do they love their new house!?!” I’ll never know.

Ya know, but maybe that’s the best way to end the comic after it pretty much ended my night. Well, perhaps I am overreacting, but I really didn’t like this comic…and it’s always fun to spice it up a bit by purposely bashing a comic. ;)

15 October 2009

Our Cancer Year??

This comic is so weird. I think I lost track of who has cancer and who doesn’t. I think most of this comic is about Harvey. Harvey’s going to get an operation for a hernia, but instead the doctor finds that Harvey doesn’t have a hernia he has cancer. The doctor’s name is Dr. Cantor. Dr. Cantor isn’t very helpful and he doesn’t seem to give Harvey and Joyce enough attention after telling them the bad news. He tells them Harvey has cancer and goes on his way.

This comic is scary. I don’t like looking at the pictures because the people scare me and they look like predators. I was trying to only focus on the speech balloons, but the faces were so eye catching.

I think this is a very typical story on cancer. My mom had a tumor and the doctors said if they didn’t find the tumor when they did my mom would be either retarded or dead. This comic is similar to what my mom and my family went through. The doctors didn’t know what was wrong with her, so they told her that she just had the flu. She kept going in to see the doctors and they treated her badly and no one gave her the time of day. They thought that she was faking an illness. Finally by accident, after several cat scans, the doctors found a tumor on my mom’s brain. My mom handled the news her way and the rest of my family handled it another. It caused a lot of tension within our family because my mom felt like we didn’t care about her and we didn’t know how to talk to her and explain that we were just worried. Many people came to our families aid and shared their stories about beating cancer or different ways to deal.

I think this comic is helpful. Unless you have had an experience with illnesses and cancer I don’t think anyone will really understand the importance of this comic. I think this comic is trying to explain the steps of what someone with cancer should do. The comic talks about cat scans, the machine that will find the cancer. Bad doctors or doctors that don’t seem like they care. It talks about how people with cancer deals with their situation and how family members deal with the situation because each will deal with them differently. It addresses the tension cancer can cause within families because everyone is dealing with the situation in their own way. The comic has an 800 number to call for more information and guidance on cancer. Another important issue this comic talks about is how people with cancer notice other cases, but weren’t aware of them before.

I didn't appreciate the art...haha...

What the Heck!!!

Okay, to begin I would like to say that this comic was actually pretty freakin lame. It starts out with a guy stopping in to chat with his family, Harvey and Joyce about where he had been and what they were up to. Then, the story all of the sudden just jumps to Joyce and Harvey getting ready to go to the hospital for Harvey’s operation. They have a little bit of an argument that is actually pretty funny. Harvey is freaking out that they are going to be late and that they are going to have to reschedule. Joyce just tells him to relax and that Dr. Cantor is a “manic” about “slicing and dicing” people. The hospital will not make them reschedule. She tells Harvey to “shut up!” It really made me laugh, added spice to the random comic.

Harvey goes into surgery and as Joyce is enjoying her warm cup of coffee when Dr. Cantor comes towards her and explains that Harvey really has lymphoma, which is a type of tumor in his lymph nodes. Joyce is freaking out when the Dr. Cantor basically walks away leaving her with a lot of unanswered questions. When Joyce finally gets to see Harvey they are both very worried and need some more information on what kind of tumor Harvey has. It is really funny because Joyce gets really frustrated and says, “No. We need to talk to his doctor. Who left. We don’t know what’s going on. Get Cantor back here…GET HIM BACK HERE NOW.” The picture changes when she is yelling to get the doctor back in there and the sketch of her face is quite scary and disturbing. After they find out that they must get a cat scan they both go home and must wait at least 10 days before they know any kind of results.

Harvey gets the CAT scan and then it randomly jumps to Joyce getting after Harvey for carrying cinder blocks to the car for their new house. Harvey has a break down and throws the cinder blocks into the wall and out of the house. Joyce runs out of the house and into her car, when her landlords show up for an appointment that Joyce forgot about. Joyce won’t let them in the house and they get a little put out because she won’t let them in the house. They finally decide that it is okay that they wait to see the apartment to give Joyce a break for what is going on with her husband.

This next part really confused me and I have absolutely no idea why it is even in the story. Joyce goes and checks on the carpenter Stephanie and they start talking about her ex husband and how she is no longer pregnant. Then it goes to some other person who talks about recycling the “lumber” in the old apartment and then to incubators and a pediatric nurse that wants to become some electrician. Then there is this random comment about smoking and who cares about Harvey because he already has cancer. Freakin random!!

This comic was so weird and I really got confused in certain parts. All of the pictures make the people look angry all of the time. What did the brother at the beginning of the story have to do with Harvey’s cancer problem. Also, what did the carpenter and old wood boards have anything to do with the whole story. We never find out if Harvey has more tumors or if he is going to live. The story just ends at a really random place and I can’t figure out how any parts of the story really fit together to make a story. Weird and random reading.


I found this comic weird and all over the place. It starts out with Joyce’s Brother Tod returning back from long hitchhiking trip. Hervey, Joyce’s husband asks Tod if he will help them move out, because he is going to have an operation, and it might be a hernia. The comic jumps from that night to the morning as Harvey tries to wake up Joyce to go to the hospital 2 hours early. It shows the family worried about Harvey and his operation as they drive to the hospital. When they get to the hospital they take Harvey into the operation room. It shows Harvey and Joyce talking to one another about how much they care and love each other. Harvey goes into surgery which was supposed to take several hours, but a half hour later the doctor comes out of the surgery. The doctor gives them no information about Harvey just that he has a tumor. The family is worried and confused.
The Doctor touches basis with Harvey and tells him that he has Lymphoma and that they need to set up a cat scan for him. The family is scared and really mad at the doctor for leaving them without any information. Nurses try to ease the family’s burdens by giving them information that the CAT scan will show them if Harvey has more cancer.
Harvey is scared and starts to write a will in case he dies. Joyce calls one of her friends to help her relax. The friend tells her to call a cancer hot line to answer any questions that she might have. She calls the cancer hot line and they answer all of the questions she has along with easing her burdens. Harvey gets his cat scan and they find out that the cancer has not spread and the cancer is only in one lymph Node.
Harvey and Joyce have decided to keep on moving on in life and continue with moving out of their old apartment. Joyce tries to help Harvey with moving out some heavy cinder blocks but Harvey won’t let her. He has a little tizzy fit and throws the cider blocks.
This is where I get a little lost in the comic. Joyce goes to the new house to check in with the carpenter. The carpenter tells Joyce a story about her ex and how she is pregnant. They then begin to talk about recycling wood from the old apartment, and how the carpenter used to be a pediatric nurse. Then they start talking about how the carpenter might have breast cancer. Then the comic goes back to Harvey talking to one of his friends about his doctor and how he asked him about real estate. It then goes back to Joyce and Stephanie the carpenter who knows what.
This comic was WEIRD!!! I have no idea what Joyce’s brother Tod had anything to do with the comic. Nor did I know what Stephanie the carpenter had anything to do with it. The beginning of the comic made perfect since but towards the end it lost me.

I Bet This Is Hard!!!

The comic Our Cancer Year is a comic that is emotional and very moving. Cancer is beyond a horrible and dangerous thing to encounter. This comic is about a man, named Harvey, who is believed to have a hernia but instead finds out a sad and horrible occurrence, Harvey has cancer. The doctor found a large tumor while doing a surgery for the hernia. The tumor is cancer, also know as lymphoma. Harvey and his wife, Joyce, begin to worry and become very afraid. Joyce even though she is afraid becomes very angry because she has questions and the doctor had ran off so fast she had no chance to get any of them answered. Harvey is scared also, but not scared of dieing exactly. He is scared that once he is gone he will not be able to take care of his wife. "My baby... My precious... What's going to happen to you? How will I be able to take care of you, now" (Harvey)? Harvey and his wife continue their lives while having to worry all the time. Harvey see's the doctor after the doctor performed many tests. The test result do have good news and the cancer has not spread. Joyce on the other hand is on the phone getting answers to her questions. When Harvey and Joyce are moving to a new house Harvey gets angry because he feels that everyone is trying to steal who he is and what he can do. Joyce goes to the new house to check on Stephanie, the carpenter. Joyce and Stephanie soon begin talking about the house and also more personal things. Stephanie may have cancer also and is a bit afraid. Joyce and her after the talk get emotional because they know what each other is feeling and going trough in this hard time.

This comic in my personal opinion was a good comic. The comic is just about normal people having to deal with this major shock of cancer. It shows how they change the way they act and feel after finding out this major news. People actually act like this when you find out something major as having cancer. When you hear that someone you know has cancer its a shock. You get all these thoughts of sadness and being afraid. I have seen these feelings in someone close to me when they found out someone near them had cancer. Yes that emotion was stronger because they had just lost another family member to cancer not to long ago. Just to fact of them finding out that something could be cancer scared them. Also it scares everyone and makes everyone think of what is happening around them. No one knows what is gonna happen in their lifes. This comic shows it perfect of normal people with love, anger, sadness, and shock over something that can be life changing.

cancer family

This comic was very interesting. The style in which the writter chose to tell the story was different then I have seen before. The progression of the story was told to us instead of us coming up with when and when these events were happening. I thought that was rather interesting. The first thing I thought of when reading this was, Professor Villarreal statement in class saying " write as if the reader is stupid." I took this reading that way. It seemed to me they commentated to make sure that we got exactly what the story was telling us and not what we could come up with ourselves.
I honestly did not pay much attention to the art work. I dont know if it did not have enough color for me, if the lines were too much or if the art work just wasn't good. However, I didnt pay much attention to it. It seemed very simplistic.
Now for the the story, I got confused a little bit with trying to go along with it. After reading it and understanding it, the story was not bad. It wasnt something necessarily that I would have picked but having these people with cancer and dealing with real life situations was interesting to me and keeped me wanting to read more. I would have thought it would have ended a little better. It seems as if they didnt finish the story. All in all, I felt the comic was just ok.

Cancer Tales

The short comic, "Our Cancer Year", is about a man named Harvey and his wife Joyce. Harvey went in for some hernia surgery and the doctors found some cancer in him. Joyce, his wife, looks for ways to educate herself about the cancer that her husband has. But no one at the hospital would help. Dr. Cantor, the surgeon who found the cancer, talks to Joyce but he does not give much information because he is in somewhat of a hurry. This makes Joyce extremely angry. This comic spread expresses anger through the facial features. In one of the drawings Joyce has a large, very intimidating scowl on her face. At that point no one at the hospital would give her any information. As the story progresses Harvey has gone out to fill out his will in case he dies. Joyce does not agree with this but one of her close friends lets her know, that's Harvey's way of coping. Harvey has changed and seems to explode with anger when aggravated. When Harvey goes back to the doctor for cat scans, they find that the cancer has not spread, which is good. Another cancer story begins to take place in the end of this comic. Joyce went to their new house to see how the carpenter is doing. The carpenter comes out and tells Joyce that she might have breast cancer. Joyce consoles her ans lets her know that she knows what she is going through.
This comic was almost a short soap opera. The drama that takes place concerning to cancer and Joyce not getting any help, creates an interesting comic. I liked how the illustrations were set up. They were simple drawings but the focus was on the facial features. Every time a character was mad, I was able to see the anger through the scowls. This comic reminded me of the comics in the newspapers. The simple stencil work is the same as a newspaper. The thoughts of each character were always given as well. Written words spelling out "Cancer", expressing what Joyce and Harvey were thinking about. I enjoyed this comic.

14 October 2009

Cancer is Spreading

This reading Our Cancer Year first starts off by Joyce’s brother, Tod stopping by their house. Joyce’s husband, Harvey tells Tod that he has an operation coming up and he thinks he has a hernia. On the day of surgery Harvey is really worried and wants to get to the hospital on time. Harvey finally gets there and finishes his operation. The doctor has bad news for Harvey he tells him that he has a large tumor. Both Harvey and Joyce are both freaking out because Dr. Cantor doesn’t really give them a clear understanding of what is going on. Dr. Cantor doesn’t really elaborate because he is in a rush, he tells Harvey to follow up with him in a few days. Harvey is a little paranoid now and doesn’t know what to think. Harvey and Joyce that night couldn’t sleep at all. The next day Harvey went to go see a lawyer to make sure that Joyce would get everything when he dies. On the other hand, Joyce is calling the cancer information to get more insight on some of her questions and concerns for cancer. After a few days, Harvey goes to his follow up and finds out that the cancer didn’t spread. Harvey then tries to help move some cinder blocks out of the house and Joyce is telling him not to carry it because he just got surgery. Harvey doesn’t really care though and starts to become so frustrated with the cancer and starts flying the cinder blocks. Joyce then goes to their new house to let Harvey cool off and unpack some of the stuff. While at the new house she checks in with Stephanie, the carpenter. Come to find out, Stephanie has a family history of breast cancer and had recently found a lump. She was going into the doctors to get her second mammogram. Stephanie also brings up that the electrician’s wife died from cancer. Stephanie says that it happens to a lot of people, but we just don’t notice until it happens to you.

I thought that this reading was funny and corny. What cracked me up the most was the part where Harvey is freaking out about being late, Joyce tells him “Don’t Worry. Cantor really, really wants to slice and dice you. The guys a known Maniac. He’ll wait. He’s probably been ready for hours, too, just polishing his scalpel….So Shut Up!” I thought that phrase was so funny. Although, that would be pretty mean if someone really said that. Overall I thought that the dialogue was corny. This comic was very different from the other comics that we have read. This comic included very little dialogue and more pictures. It allowed us to commit more closure as readers, which was pretty good. I think they tried to put together humor and a serious issue, to make it more enjoyable for readers. I thought the art of the comic was terrible; it was hard to recognize which characters were who in several scenes. Also the characters looked creepy in some scenes. I don’t know that’s just my thoughts. Overall I thought that it was enjoyable and was something different. It was interesting to read a comic that didn’t have a superhero in it.

Cancer Year

This comic was interesting both artistically and literacy. I enjoyed reading this comic because it shows and gives the feeling of what is going on with the characters Harvey and Joyce. It first begins when Joyce s brother Tod drops by there home. Harvey and Joyce ask for Tod's help later because Harvey has on operation in a few days to see if he has a hernia. Later when the operation was about to begin, Joyce and Tod were waiting in the waiting room. A few minutes have passed and the doctor that was operating on Harvey and tells Joyce that Harvey had a tumor and all he did was scoop out the tumor and sew up Harvey. Joyce shown in the comic is seen almost literary having her fist in her mouth trying not to cry.

There where parts in the comic that were great showing the emotion of what has happened in the comic. When they ask what a cat scan is for, the nurse tells them that it is to see if there is MORE CANCER. The artist depicted in the next panel was Harvey and Joyce leaving the hospital with the words MORE CANCER. Giving the feel that you the reader have just got cancer. Overall i enjoyed the comic and liked the artists style.

06 October 2009

Diversity In Comics

In Scott McCloud's Reinventing Comics he discusses the Twelve Revolutions. The three main ideas are gender balance, minorities, and genre. Ever since the first eruption of comics it seemed as though all the authors were male. In fact if you were to go back and look at all the "historic" comics you would find that majority if not all were written by males. [Ex: Superman, Batman, Spiderman..etc.] There were female comic writers, they just didn't get all the spotlight and weren't as successful representing their work to the public. Then there's the minorities. A lot of the comic writers were white males. It would be rare to see an African American comic writer with a #1 bestseller. It would be hard for the white males to give an exact account on any other culture because in reality they probably weren't fully educated in any culture other than their own. Lastly there is the Genre problem. It seems as though whenever a comic is mentioned the word superhero pops into mind. Comics haven't really been tied to anything other than superheroes in the past. I think with a wider range of ideas and situations the public would respond a lot more and maybe take more interest. I beleive that pieces of work I can relate to are a lot more fun to read. So basically, there are a few things holding back the full potential of comics according to Scott McCloud. I would have to say that I agree.

05 October 2009

Battle to Fit in

Scott McCloud has done it again. Mr. McCloud is very noble for this of course. If you do not know what I am talking about then obviously you are not reading his work. Reinventing Comics is a firm continuation of his belief that comics are true literature and with this excerpt it is hard to argue. Scott McCloud starts this chapter off with how there is endless diversity with the potential of millions of new writers and artists. Only around a half a billion people read comics and graphic novels in America. Scott McCloud believes that is too low of an number. "A professional community reared on such a limited body of work," that is how Scott McCloud looks at the authors in the comic industry today. McCloud thinks that even popular strips are losing grounds because people do not just read enough anymore. Also, McCloud says that there is not enough contact between the reader and the creator. And causing even more complexity is the publisher. Publisher often stop the creative minds behind the pens to actually put it on the paper. That is why creators of start small often have to stay small when it comes to publishing.

Gender imbalance is still a major problem is comics according to Mr.McCloud. A female writer is considered a rarity in the comic world. Comics made by women was of course read by the sad hormone driven teenager. Women characters still are portrayed as the woman in distress. Will the ever be a male in distress? McCloud informs the reader that women in this comic book game have been doing it for quite some time. Female writers had a hard time because of the fact that the works was appealing to an commerical audience. Too frank, and honest were many of the comics. Brought male character back to ground zero and was not always bandfared. But over recent years, female authors are making an comeback with refreshing new ideas. The eighth revolution is still a problem in comics as well: race and diversity. In the 70s, skin color was a popular concern with the audiences of comics are where not well recieved. In the 90s, DC attempted to form an alliance with Milestone Media but was heavily criticized. But some authors have gained a bit of steam. Gay and Lesbian authors are also trying to transend the artform.

The 9th revolution diversity in the genre is being met head on. Scott McCloud states that there was only a time where people could name on one genre: Superheros. Now more autobiography, western, and naturalistic fiction are being written as comics. Comics like the Watchmen have given a different breath of air to the superhero comic. Scott McCloud leaves us with he states in his last comic that this medium has no limitations to what it can be.

This excerpt is very very redundant and boring. McCloud takes a subject and runs with it endlessly with mix results in my opinion. McCloud is a very strong writer but at times he annoys me with his understanding of everything. But, this article was decent no the less.

Diversity of Comics

Reinventing Comics “Big World The Battle For Diversity” is about the three revolutions that are centralized around Diversity. The three revolutions are Gender Balance, Minority Representation, and Diversity of Genre.
McCloud first addresses the seventh revolution, gender balance. Gender imbalance was considered wasted potential in comics. Women making comics were considered unusual, because it was a male dominated world. Women had made modest gains in comics during the labor shortages of World War II, but as the 1950’s approached women were given the boot “back to the kitchen”. In the late nineteen sixties traditional girl comics was dying and the same young artists had to find or make there own markets to be heard. So women created works that “were raw, emotionally honest, politically charged and sexually frank”.
Next McCloud talks about minority representation. McCloud discusses how this revolution “is vitally linked to the experiences of the owner of the hand that holds the pen”. Scott McCloud gives an example of how a white writer should not write a black character, because it would be overly broad. It would be more reasonable to have a white writer to write about a white character. When writing about a social or physical difference, members of that minority will have an advantage of portraying it. McCloud also says that in the mid seventies, skin color was a popular subject. White writers and artists strove to give voice to the African-American concerns with predictably mixed results. White writers began to create black superheroes, but they didn’t know how to present them in a positive way without draining their subjects of their humanity.
Lastly McCloud talks about the ninth revolution, Diversity of Genre. McCloud says that the Diversity of Genre is a key result of Gender Balance and Minority Representation, and confronts the same obstacles. McCloud talks about how super hero comics were the only type of genre that was popular and made sales. But in recent years things have gotten a little better and more genres are being created. McCloud also explains how comic book shops only had so many shelves and that they only could hold so many comics. So by choice the seller is going to stock up on the books that are in demand, for example the superhero comics. Sellers aren’t going to bother selling romance comics if superhero comics sell faster and more people want it. That’s part of the reason why we are so reduced to one single genre. Scott McCloud believes that with more genres it will draw more diverse readers to comics.
I found this reading very difficult to read. I had to read it several times in order to get the main points. But I do agree with Scott McCloud because with more genres I believe more people will read comics. I think when people think of comics they think of superheroes only. So we kind of reduce comics to a single genre. I think these three revolutions would definitely help to enhance the potential growth of comics.

A Big World

This chapter was about three specific revolutions to Comics. These three revolutions are all based on one thing, diversity. McCloud clearly expresses that with out diversity in Comics the industry by which the medium depends on to survive will surely break down. According to McCloud, the diversity of Comics was starting to grow. This was during the time of World War II when mean had to fight for their country, so women took up the reins in some Comics. However, When the war ended, so did most of the female comics.

Other then gender, minority representation is a another revolution that is key to Comics. By this he means minority writers. McCloud wants this because, "when writing about a social or physical condition which onlya minority can experience, members of that minority will have an advantage in portraying it" (McCloud 12). This is meaning that basically the person with the same enthnicity as the reader is going to have an advantage in the way of communicating and or portraying the story to the reader themself.

After the first two revolutions discussed in this chapter are complete, then is when 9, genre diversity will happen. McCloud states this in, "Diversity of Genre is a key result of our two previous revolutions and alos in a sense, contains them both" (McCloud 17).

This chapter was more difficult to understand. However, what McCloud is talking about, I think is key to Comics coming out of its dreaded slump. Hopefully Comics can get out of it before it's too late.

Let's Save Comics

Scott McCloud has come up with twelve revolutions and of them there are three main one's that are holding back the expansion of comics to reach their full potential. Gender balance, genre diversity, and minority representation are the three things that are holding back comics. Comics are made by men and they appeal mainly to men. By only appealing to men, comic creators have cut out half of their potential audience. For women to become big time comic creators they must go through many obstacles like the unwelcoming boys' club image prejudice and starting off small. Women started to take over during WWII but were soon taken over by men afterwards. Though women artists started dying out there was still the few underground one's that would stick it out and they created different kinds of comics that were "raw, emotionally honest, politically charged and sexually frank. The structure and the art was different and it appeals now to both sexes. The minority representation is a problem because most comics are made by white males, some of which have little or no knowledge or interactions with different cultures and can give the wrong idea to the creator. Genre diversity is a problem that is hard to get past since comics are mainly associated with super heros. If the only kind of comic books being made are about super heros then the readers will eventually become bored. Different genres would appeal to different kinds of people. If all these revolutions were to improve then there would be a lot more comics book fans. Not only would it improve the fan base but it would make comics more interesting because their would be comics being created by so many different kinds of people that readers would get a different view. And maybe some people aren't comic fans but can eventually become one if a genre was made that appealed to them.

Go Diversity!!!

Scott McCloud talks about the revolutions and how all of them come from the single idea, which is diversity. He talks about how this might help comics. He says that if comics could produce a more diverse product then it has a greater chance of earning a more diverse audience. But along with these solutions comes obstacles. Scott McCloud says that these obstacles include the disadvantages of beginning small and staying small, industries attitudes towards the work, and prejudice.
To help overcome these obstacles are the revolutions. Gender is one of the most striking, seeing as comics were made for little 14 year olds who could find anything else to do with their time but read comics. And nothing appeals better to little adolescent boys then superheroes. Along with these comics women were making comics of their own, and had been doing it for a long time. He talks about the issues of gender and how we can better improve it. Scott McCloud said “Through organizations and collective publishing efforts, the visibility of women in comics has been consistently promoted.”
Minority Representation, skin color is a popular issue. Scott McCloud says “Gradually, the ranks of comic free lancers began taking on more color and in the early nineties, a multicultural group of artist and writers called milestone formed an alliance with publisher from DC Comics to produce a line of multicultural heroes.” Along with skin color are politics, religious groups, and history.
Diversity of Genre, there is many genres in the world of comics and as Scott McCloud puts it as Genres are rarely created out of a whole cloth. He relates the story of Batman being a detective comic and not an action comic such as Superman. He also talks about how there are many different types of comics aside from superhero comics. He talks about how he loves superhero comics just like he love chocolate pie but who would want to eat chocolate pie for the rest of their lives.
The potential for comics is great! And these revolutions will only increase comics’ potential. There are many different diversities and many issues comics face. Comics I have found are a very complicated genre of writing. So much thought has gone into making comics more successful!

04 October 2009

The Battle for Diversity?

The Battle for diversity is about comics needing to branch out and add some culture and gender diversity. This chapter addresses three out of the twelve revolutions, which are gender balance, minority representation, and gender diversity. This will help comics to relate and appeal to different types of people. For example, it will help to appeal and relate to females and people of minority decent, instead of just appealing to young adolecent males not of minority.

I absolutely loved the comic illustration on page 101. It’s about a male comic artist that goes off to war, then a female coming in and creating comics because the men have gone off to war, and then the male comic artist coming back from far and giving the female comic artist the boot. I thought it was hilarious. I actually laughed out loud. The only words that came to mind was…Wow, so true…

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I think Scott McCloud has won me over by explaining to this male based comic book world, that they have carelessly overlooked our potential in the comic book industry. If I knew that females wrote comic books I would definitely go out and buy more comics. I’m a book worm and I love to read. After high school I stopped reading Japanese comics because one I had to buy my own books and I couldn’t afford to pay ten dollars for a comic book I could finish in 10 minutes and second, the literature was a little weak to continue to invest in them. For me this has brought on a whole new interest in comics because comics are stereotyped as only for males and I think I’ve only read comics by males. I would love to see the women’s perspective and compare the male and female styles of creating comics. I’m a girl and I’m all for girl power, I guess.

With this whole minority section I agree one hundred percent. Although, it is not wrong for people to write outside their experience I don’t think they can portray an event or experience that a person who has experienced it can. When people do movies about Hawaii it irritates me that they stereotype us. I don’t go around saying “hey bah” or “You Haoles get off my beach”. The movie that bothers me the most is Lilo and Stitch because every brown person has a big nose. I do not have a big nose and neither does every brown person in Hawaii. Oh yeah and Blue Crush is the dumbest movie I ever watched!! That movie is worse then lilo and stitch. People swimming in their evening gowns...dumb...dumb...All I can do is shake my head...who comes up with these movies!!

Biases and Sexism is the Wrong Direction

I have come to the conclusion I have a hate-love relationship with Scott McCloud. One moment I feel like I’m grasping his ideas and I’m feeling confident. Then I come across a chapter that is completely filled with twists and turns with double meanings, and I’m completely lost. Sadly, this past chapter, Big World: The Battle for Diversity, took me for a loop where I couldn’t find the beginning. I re-read the chapter multiple times and I still found it hard to understand where McCloud is going with his gender/ethnicity/genre diversity idea.

To begin with, women in comics aren’t being respected. Regardless of their “raw and underground” ideas, men in the field are being prejudice against women since comics have been apart of the boy’s club (102). Apparently there isn’t enough room for women. Or is there? Despite the demurred image of women during the 40’s, McCloud’s point is women have original ideas that are helpful towards reaching a new audience and the expansion of comics for the future. Tying in with gender equality is minority division; which is also problematic for comics. I found this particular section hard to follow, but what I learned was McCloud establishes that minority comics are tricky for comic writers and artists. Multicultural comics are having a hard time making a place next to popular comics, and it is easy to cross the line and offend other ethnicities. Also, guessing and writing about a different ethnicity other than your own is a bad idea. Next, McCloud discusses genre diversity. Superhero comics have created this bar where it’s become a stereotype that comics are only that. Come to think of it, that is all I thought comics were until I started to read Scott McCloud’s books. It proves that the genre needs to become more diverse where it can attract different audiences, but first we have to relieve comics of the superhero label. How does one do that though? McCloud suggests comics need a clean slate for them to re-surface, and also writers, whom are very talented yet aren’t respected, need to catch the eye of the right audience in order for them to take off.

Another chapter down for Scott McCloud and I can only hope I gets clearer. I doubt it though. I respect McCloud’s relentless attempts at drawing in a varied audience; I just hope comics can have a revolution. McCloud is sensible and he has legitimate answers for all of his questions he is proving. Right now, though, I feel like there should be more than just talk. I would like to see the change in comics, but when will this happen? Like Woody Allen says, “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not being very innovative,” is there some truth to that? We will see…

Diversity to the rescue!!

Scott McCloud has come up with a very good theory of getting comics back on the map. To widen the medium of comics and targeting a more diverse group of people. McCloud has this idea that "it's a big world out there, a world filled with millions of potential stories by millions of potential writers and artists, with the power to connect with billions of potential reader". This idea of McClouds expresses a way to get comics out there. Comics is not a big deal out there. There are many people that have not really looked into comics. To get a more diverse audience the writers must come with a more diverse product. McCloud states that the comics industry is prejudice. Minorities are not given as big of chance to help create comics. Thus the comics are staying right where they are. In order for comics to move up the minorities must step up to the comics challenge. Comics today are male dominated and women are not seen in the comic world. Even now that women are writing comics know one knows because its mostly men reading them. The gender balance must level out in comics. Scott McCloud believes that the genre of comics must broaden as well. It is the same muscular superheroes that McCloud believes is boring the readers. He uses the example that superheroes in comics are like chocolate pies and no one wants to eat chocolate pies all the time. Readers want a larger diverse genre to choose from
I am with McCloud all the way on this. Comics need to start writing about sports. I believe that if it is good enough some readers might actually like it. Sometimes in Sports Illustrated there are skits that make fun of players. I bet if there were more comic strips like that, some sports fans may be interested.

Comics for all genders, race and styles?

In this reading from Scott McCloud, he covers three of the twelve revolutions. The three revolutions that he covers have to do with Gender Balance, Minority Representation and Diversity of Genre. McCloud says that these three things go hand in hand and are created from the same idea. This idea is that comics could really have great potential if these three revolutions were considered while writing comics.
The first one that McCloud talks about is Gender Balance. McCloud says that, “the history of gender imbalance in comics is one of the most striking examples of comics’ squandered potential.” Women didn't really get any kind of recognition until the men were called out to war, but as soon as World War II ended women got “booted back in to the kitchen.” They were no longer reading or writing comics. Now there were some women who were writing, but they were “creating works that were raw, emotionally honest, politically charged and sexually frank.” Even though women writers hit a rut for a while, they have started to make a comeback, they are still a minority, but there writing is in lots of different styles.
The second revolution that McCloud talks about is Minority Representation. McCloud discusses that minority representation is different than gender balance because he says that a male will without engaging persons of color in conversation, or encountering someone who is openly gay, or moving outside their own language. Even when outwardly visible prejudices are lessened, ignorance can still remain.” Today, the diversity issue is getting better, but it is still hard for creators to write about something they may have no idea about. If a white, middle-class male writes about an African American/Hispanic, poor male they really don’t have a clue how to portray the correct ideas and they may give a false impression to those who read their comics. The diversity representation is getting better, but it still has a long way to go before it comes to its full potential, according to McCloud.
The third revolution that McCloud discusses encompasses the last two talked about above. It deals with Diversity of genre. McCloud states that “the push for diversity of genre is the push for comics to achieve excellence in many different genres.” The reason for this push in different genres will help the minority representation and the gender balance because by having different genres, different people will read many different things. At least that is what McCloud is hoping for. McCloud talks about how if he brought together 1,000 authors, her would be able to get 1,000 different ideas or styles of writing. The thing is, is that even if you get those different styles, some are definitely going to have the same theme and some are going to sell much better than others. So, most likely only one genre will be produced creating the same thing that we have now with the diversity of genre.
Each of these revolutions do go hand in hand in creating a great comic, but the question is: Are they really all going to be applied to the creation of comics? I think that in a way, comics are achieving, at a very small level these three very important revolutions. Even if I take our class for example, how many of us read comics, or even really knew about the different genres of comic books? If I remember correctly there were only like one or two people who really read comics and knew what comics could offer. So out of our 25 students, 23 of us now have a better idea of comics. Some of us being a minority, some the majority, some of us with different ethnicity and some of us middle-class or pour. So, just in our class we are helping comics by reading different types of comics and trying to get the Superhero look of comics not as dominant. I am actually interested to read different comics that have nothing to do with comics. McCloud creates a very good point and I think that his points are valid and are coming into their own in this day and age.

02 October 2009

A Chapter from the great "Bible" of Comics...

Reading this chapter made plenty of sense just had to read the chapter twice! Anyways the chapter being about three of the twelve revolutions. Gender Balance, Minority Representation, and Diversity in Genre. Good points were made in this chapter about all three. Gender Balance meaning that comics together as a whole where made separate not intentionally but just happened by only selling to mainly the male population. This soon began to change in the mid 40's due to WW 2 where men were drafted to fight and women picked up the slack that the men were unavailable to do. Of course this ended when the war ended but began again now later in the years.

Gender Balance another issue that limited comics potential the reason because comics first began to entertain usually to white males. Of course according to McCloud if we begin to let minorities contribute there share into comics, comics would then sprout on to entertain other races besides white people. And Diversity in Genre is a complex matter. The reason is because when comics first came out superheros where the way to go with comics which of course later down on the road began to become slightly dull come now into the 21st century. Dont get me wrong that superhero comics are dull there awsome in my opinion. Its just since superheros and comics went hand in hand it became accociated with one another that even the idea of a superhero lead to comics or in thinking of comics it lead to thinking of superheros. With that said that is why it is difficult to expand into different genres because we know for a fact that superhero comics are the best overall and work well together. Like McCloud says its hard to expand outward when comics defined by the genre they are only existing thanks to superheroes. McCloud uses the idea that if comics as we knew it didnt exist and started anew, Comics would of then been accociated with romance or horror or westerns. But since we dont live in that kind of a world like that we accept with what we have or get to the point were comics might have to "re-invent the wheel" to be able soar into the league of higher arts. but thats might thought.... LONG ENOUGH?

Last of a Dying Breed

Comics have apparently faltered a bit in the last decade since his last book Understanding Comics. Twelve Revolutions starts with the state of emergency that the comic community has been in as of late. McCloud states how he does use comics for fame but to help progress. Of course anybody who states such bold claims have to be telling the truth right? But something happened in a 5 year gap that changed comic books forever. Comics stop selling. I know right something as awesome as a comic not being purchased but it happened! Scott McCloud states that comics basically lost originality and purpose. Comics took a back pedal from being respected as an artform. Scott McCloud says many artists have to come into the genre to give comics something new and refreshing. Comics do not fall in the stereotypes that many people percieve. With all this said the intro to Twelve Revolutions is very very lackluster. To me as an reader I expected a lot more from Scott but how can you top your best writing. Anyways, I felt that this book will probably be very redundant to Understanding Comic. I do not think he was on his A game writing this book. Instead of getting an critical analysis we get confession from Scott McCloud which is okay I guess.
Twelve Revolutions?
The Twelve Revolutions by Scott McCloud talks about where comics are now and where they would like to be in the future. From 1994 to 1998 the demand of comics declined causing many comic book stores to close down. Scott McCloud hopes to turn the comic book medium around by introducing his idea on how comics can reach their full potential. He thinks comics can reach their full potential by focusing on these key components, which are comics as literature, comics as art, creators’ rights, industry innovation, public perception, Institutional scrutiny, gender balance, minority representation, diversity of genre, digital production, digital delivery, and digital comics. Scott McCloud’s solution for comics are for them to “grow outward” (22), instead of move forward. He means that he thinks comic artists should not lose sight of what they have already gained when they are working on other goals. Scott McCloud also thinks artists should create comics for a broader audience, which will help comics branch out into different genres.

I don’t really know what I think about this reading. It was a little boring, but it made me think of all the possibilities comics have in our society today. Our society has a broader view of life and therefore comics have a fighting chance for greatness or to reach their full potential. I feel like in today’s world anything is accepted. I don’t know why comics as a higher form of art wouldn’t be accepted too. I don’t think my generation has experienced prejudice like other generations before us, so I think we are a generation that is more open minded to trying new things and accepting new ideas.

In the old days only the rich were educated, books were few, paintings were a form of higher art, and miniatures were luxuries. When nursery rhymes came about they were intended for adults and had many sexual innuendos, but people would refer to them as children’s books because they thought of them as a lesser medium. I think they just didn’t want others to know that they found pleasure reading books with no serious literature. I think the history of our people being mostly uneducated is why comics were placed with the lesser mediums. I don’t really know…this is just what I was thinking about…

Slowly Fading Away

The Twelve Revolutions first starts off by establishing McCloud’s credibility in comics. McCloud has been making comics for fifteen years. He explains how he isn’t using comics to get fame, but instead wants comics to reach its full potential. McCloud discusses that in the eighties, comics were about to come together in a big way. There was a rapid increase in comic book specialty stores and more varied and large supply of comics on its shelves. Sales and innovation were up and the public image was up. Although, from 1994 to 1998 a large number of American comic book retailers shut down. Too much of the comic’s growth had been built on considering comics to be a collectors item. Many fans abandoned comics because of there bad experience and peoples hope’s were misplaced. Scott McCloud gives us nine ideas that were common but few objected to, and worked hard to achieve: 1)Comics as Literature 2) Comics as Art 3)Creators Rights 4)Industry Innovation 5)Public Perception 6)Institutional Scrutiny 7)Gender Balance 8)Minority Representation 9)Diversity of Genre . Scott McCloud explains that from 1984 to 1994 did in fact show progress in most of these ideas. Creator ownership and control made impressive strides. Comics even gained the distinctive quality of coolness, but wasn’t able to spread it with anyone. Scott McCloud says that there is a lot more ideas out there ready to be found, but if the business of comics doesn’t improve, these new ideas will never be discovered. McCloud states that America is one of the constant innovation and no matter what the state of comics is at the end of the century, the next generation wont rest. He also adds that the revolutions in comics have rarely been the product of centrally planned group efforts. There are usually one to two people who get involved in comics then the group tends to grow as others join one at a time. McCloud believes that in order for comics to reach its full potential as an art form and market, comics must expand its territory, by going into many different areas and not losing sight of what we accomplished in the past. The second half of the book talks about three new revolutions that all deal with computers which is Digital Production, Digital Delivery, and Digital Comics. McCloud says that the twelve directions that comics can grow are definitely a potential for anyone of these factors to change comics.

I thought that this reading was a little difficult to read. I thought that some points that he made were interesting, but other than that I thought it was boring. I thought that Understanding Comics was way more interesting and fun to read. It just seems like he goes on and on and on. I think he could definitely get to the point quicker to get his message across. But he did make me feel bad for comics because they had such high expectations and ended up not meeting them. I think that he's desperately trying to persuade more people to support comics because we control whether there is a future for it or not.

Yet Another Peak? Eventually Maybe?

Comics reaching its full potential…that’s the main topic of Scott McCloud’s introduction to the Twelve Revolutions. Will comics always stay in the state of being condemned and pushed aside due to stereotypical opinions? Or is this a nonpermanent condition? McCloud’s comics, at least his own, weren’t meant to be put in plastic bags, traded for action cards, or to be the “stepping stone” to getting him into Hollywood or to huge fame. His comics are meant for the sole purpose of full potential, both comics’ and his own. And there’s not one genre alone that makes the difference in comics. Each and every sort play a tremendous role in their overall stereotype and make, each “a piece of the puzzle” as Mr. Scott McCloud put it. Artists started to branch out, making comics which would reach every aspect of life. Some were fictional, leaving imagination for just how strong superheroes actually were, while others discussed topics that their readers could actually relate to. From the mid 1980’s to the mid 1990’s, McCloud’s first ten years of creating comics, they were quite popular, all genres included. But that time, instead of being just the beginning, was in fact “the peak” of these strips. Over the next four years (’94-’98), retailers began to shut down, which put a lot of creators and artists out of business. Although the goals of comics wasn’t always the same, some general ideas were indeed agreed upon: 1.) Comics can be and are a form of literature, 2.) Comics contain art just as significant as would be the “Mona Lisa” or a statue of Saint Anthony, 3.) The creators have the control, 4.) Comics contribute to both the producer and the customer, 5.) Progress in comics should be recognized as it is made, for one day they could meet their true, full potential, 6.) Comics can be treated equally, 7.) Comics are not only made and appealing to males, 8.) Comics do not only intrigue Caucasian males 9.) Comics have the capability of going anywhere, reaching any aspect of this world, going beyond the typical genres of adolescence and power fantasies.

I thought it was pretty cool how McCloud kept himself the same as far as artwork in this book. I can also see how he has the opinion that as comics begin to reach their full potential, which they can and will, he himself will begin to reach his own. A lot of lessons were taught and learned by those in the comic industry as they have witnessed both the rises and peaks. This intro could have been a chapter in his old book, considering it discussed the same issue of comics not getting enough recognition and respect.

Comics Great Depression

In the introduction to "The Twelve Revolutions", McCloud starts off by letting us know his perspective on comics and that he is loyal to them because he doesn't exclude all but a specific genre of comics or make them so he can make it to the movies or TV, but that he loves comics and he wants them to reach their full potential. When he began making comics, sales were at their best and comics were doing great but they soon went down hill. Comics book storres started closing and many people gave up and moved on from them. Then McCloud tells about the goals that all comic creators tried to achieve which included making comics worthy of study and literature, the art to achieve the heights like of paintings or sculpture, creators rights, the business of comics improve, change the publics perception of comics, institutes of higher learning to change the prejudice of comics as being childish, make comics appeal to females just as much as males, be created by more that white males, and make comics reach all genres and not just super heros. All these did improve but in the mid-90's it left all of these goals "starved for ammunition". Now at days comics are losing out on talented creators and readers because people have moved on from comics as a pass time. But where there's a will, there's a way. New artist still helped fuel the revolution! Comics need to be made broader and appeal to diffferent kinds of people. McCloud invisions a future for comics that appeals to "all quarters of society".
Wow! I've felt as passionate about anything in my life as McCloud does for comics. He lives for this stuff. I hope one day the revolution of comics will achieve all the things that the creators want to achieve and McCloud can live happily ever after. But I don't think that will happen anytime soon . The economy is in a slump and i don't we should be too concerned about the future of comics. Unless it will get us out of this slump. Probably not.