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Brecht and Comics

May 10th, 2011 by Jeremy Potterfield · No Comments · Uncategorized

Last class we discussed sympathy in comics. We we also lightly touched on purposeful and accidental alienation between the reader and the comic. This reminded me in many ways of Brecht’s theory of epic theater. In epic theater, the audience should always be aware that they are watching a play. To ensure this estrangement between [...]

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Sandman

April 27th, 2011 by Jeremy Potterfield · No Comments · Uncategorized

I really enjoyed reading the Sandman. A lot of the pleasure came from experiencing so much landscape and story in a single volume. As a reader we go from Hell, to the JLI base, to Arkham, France/England (I couldn’t tell). Because Sandman can travel through dreams, the reader often never stays in the same setting [...]

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Generational Conflict in Spirited Away

April 27th, 2011 by Jeremy Potterfield · No Comments · Uncategorized

Generally, Miyazaki features a young heroine as the main character of his films. This young heroine is often at odds with an older generation. In Spirited Away this young heroine is Chihiro, a young girl moving to a new home. The first generational conflict we notice is the conflict between her and her parents. This [...]

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The Simpsons Opening Sequence

April 10th, 2011 by Jeremy Potterfield · No Comments · Uncategorized

As any Simpsons fan knows, the opening sequence is not the same, repetitive introduction to the characters and setting that one commonly sees in a television show. Instead, the opening sequence is a whole distinct cartoon, featuring original gags and jokes that differ from episode to episode. The most common everchanging gag is the couch [...]

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Animated Films have Messages?

March 21st, 2011 by Jeremy Potterfield · No Comments · Uncategorized

When did animated films ever have messages?
When I was seven years old watching the Iron Giant, it definitely didn’t have a message. There was a boy and his robot. Comic chaos ensued, as well as really cool battle scenes.
But a message? Apparently that film had a message?!
Alright. I’m being facetious — but to a point. [...]

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The Photoshop Effect: Beauty, Cartoons, and Abstraction

March 16th, 2011 by Jeremy Potterfield · No Comments · Uncategorized

Procrastinating and spending time on Youtube, I came upon a collection of videos which featured average faces being transformed into beautiful faces via Photoshop. The Photoshop process is sped up, but one can see the artist’s contortions and alterations of the face that lead to its dramatic makeover. A digital artist is able to modify a photograph in [...]

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Gerald McBoing Boing

March 13th, 2011 by Jeremy Potterfield · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

I found the animation adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s, Gerald McBoing Boing, to be expertly done and thoroughly entertaining. It’s about a child, Gerald, who, instead of speaking his first words, can only create sound effects (albeit expertly). The cartoon demonstrated how excellent pairing of sound and animation can really create a fine product.

The cartoon is [...]

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Childhood Cartoons as Discussion

March 13th, 2011 by Jeremy Potterfield · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Why is it that programs targeted at educating younger children generally take the form of animation rather than plain live-action? As a child I was enamored with Arthur, Sesame Street, and Dragon Tales — and though I loathe to admit it I also watched J J the Jetplane and Caillou. Because Sesame Street features cartoon-like [...]

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Will Eisner and the Spirit

March 6th, 2011 by Jeremy Potterfield · No Comments · Uncategorized

Using his knowledge of astrology and tassology, Brian Doan accurately predicted that we would be reading The Spirit on Will Eisner’s 94th birthday. I thank Google’s logo illustration for alerting me to this celestial connection.

First, I came into reading The Spirit completely fresh. Well — almost fresh. There was a movie adaptation of Eisner’s Spirit that [...]

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There She Is!! Step 1

March 5th, 2011 by Jeremy Potterfield · No Comments · Uncategorized

First, some general information about the There She Is!! series. It is a five-part series (in “Steps”), began by SamBakZa, a trio of Korean flash artists. The animation features a female rabbit named Doki, and a male cat named Nabi. The first “step” was submitted on Newgrounds in 2004.
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Step 1 introduces the viewer [...]

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