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Brecht and Comics

May 10th, 2011 by Jeremy Potterfield on Jeremy Potterfield's Blog · 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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Tags: comics·Brecht·Harvey Pekar·Pekar

Whatever Happened to 1970s Racial Tension Comic References?

by Isaac Buchoff on Isaac Buchoff's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

Take out your copy of Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow. Flip to page 156. Now look over here.

I’ll admit it: this blog post was mostly my way of bragging that I picked up on the reference. The author makes no explicit mention of it, but makes a point of directly paralleling the images [...]

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Tags: comics·Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?·Brian Fies·Green Lantern·race·Denny O'Neil·Neal Adams

Comics & STIs: Surprisingly Compatible

by Isaac Buchoff on Isaac Buchoff's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

I know we’ll be reading Pedro and Me later in the semester and I’m really excited, as I’ve only heard tons of great reviews. In the meantime, I figured I’d cover some STI comics that I am familiar with. And wow, there’s a LOT.
Frederik Peeters’ Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story (available at the Oberlin [...]

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Tags: comics·Black Hole·Charles Burns·Monsters·Ken Dahl·Blue Pills·Frederik Peeters·herpes·HIV·AIDS·autobiography·STD·STI

Chris Ware: Comics about the Un-comicable

by Isaac Buchoff on Isaac Buchoff's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

I’ve recently begun reading Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library and it’s been haunting me for weeks. Most of the comics I’ve come across have been about extraordinary things: superheroes, disasters, adventures, mythologies. There’s also been a number of graphic memoirs and exciting coming of age comics full of love and self-discovery. Occasionally you’ll find a [...]

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Tags: comics·Chris Ware·Rusty Brown·Acme Novelty Library

Tales of Derring-do, Bad- and Good-Luck Tales

by Matt on Matthew Furda's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

As a kid, I grew up watching “DuckTales” on television–as I suspect many others in the class did.  Reading through selected stories from “Carl Barks’ Greatest DuckTales Stories” thus only deepened my appreciation for the series.  The introduction aptly pointed out that the animated series tended to adapt Barks’ original narratives with a slightly more [...]

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Tags: carl barks·ducktales·scrooge mcduck·capcom·nes·inception·indiana jones·science·8-bit·Animation·comics·Disney·nintendo

Will Eisner and the Spirit

by Jeremy Potterfield on Jeremy Potterfield's Blog · 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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Tags: The Spirit·Will Eisner·Eisner·comics·Brian Doan's Astrological Abilities

Little Lulu: Not My Favorite

by Annie on Anna Mecca's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

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 [...]

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Tags: lulu·little lulu·comics·image

You Are Here: Pastiche up the wazoo

by Isaac Buchoff on Isaac Buchoff's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

I just read Kyle Baker’s “You Are Here” a few weeks ago, and it’s amazing how relevant it is to our recent lessons. It unashamedly models itself after animated Disney films starting with the front cover, where the author’s name is printed in Waltograph, the font most commonly associated with the Disney logo.
As we meet [...]

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Tags: You Are Here·Disney·Kyle Baker·pastiche·comics

Sexism in Comics

by Carolyn Bick on Carolyn Bick's Blog · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I know that not everyone has the comic books yet, but I wanted to point the blatant sexism in DC: The New Frontier and Marvels.  I’m sure it has to do with the fact that both are supposed to be modeled on a time period in which women were thought to be inferior, though, and [...]

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Tags: sexism·marvels·dc the new frontier·comics

Oh, Hi.

February 21st, 2011 by Sasha on Alexandra Schechter's Blog · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Comics will be discussed here.

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Tags: hamster·has a corm·sam tsui·comics·ohhai·awesomeness