Square Root of Minus Garfield

April 15th, 2011 § 0

Here’s the webcomic I was talking about in class: Square Root of Minus Garfield

And here’s one of my favorite strips:

Little Lulu: Not My Favorite

March 1st, 2011 § 0

I just read the Little Lulu comics, and I found them a little boring, so I decided to go find some of the original one-panel comics drawn by Marge Henderson Buell. I must say I find them much more engaging. Some the comics we read (in particular the bearded angel story) just seemed to drag on, without a well-paced plot to keep me entertained. Also, I found that the action within the comic wasn’t always clearly conveyed. (Again, the bearded angel comic comes to mind. When Lulu is eating her ice cream, it took me a good three read-throughs to realize that she was eating her beard.)

So anyway, here are some of Buell’s original Lulu comics that I found. I find that they’re succinct and clever. I really enjoy their visual gag-based humor a lot more than that of the Lulu comic books.

Something that has always bothered me about Wallace & Gromit films…

February 27th, 2011 § 0

In every film*, there is a point where Gromit is scolded, punished, or mistreated by Wallace for something that’s not his fault. Often such inappropriate treatment hinders the resolution of the main plot problem, since Gromit often seems the brains of the whole operation.

I was trying to make a connection between this and other “funny animal cartoons” we have seen, but it’s difficult to do. Obviously, there’s almost always a character who gets a hard deal, but it’s usually either an antagonist or someone who has enough attitude problems that the audience doesn’t really care. When a protagonist is mistreated, he often gets revenge. For example, in Long-Haired Hair, Giovanni Jones the opera singer was a jerk, so we don’t really care when Bugs Bunny messes with him, and Bugs clearly gets his revenge for his minor hardship (the smashed banjo). In Duck Amok, we’re okay with the animator messing with Daffy, because he’s somewhat of a grouch anyway.

But Gromit, poor Gromit—he gets to save the day at the end of the movies, and Wallace usually sees the errors of his ways, but will inevitably mistreat Gromit again. It’s a shame, and I question why this plot device is used. Long-suffering heroes in funny animal cartoons do not quite appeal to me.

*Minus the 2008 film, which I haven’t seen yet.

How did this get here I am not good with computer

February 21st, 2011 § 9

Just kidding.