Category: comics

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The Construction of History in Guy Delisle’s “Jerusalem”

“History is written by the victors.” Only a few weeks ago, this aphorism appeared on national television when Attorney General William Barr responded to a question from CBS’s Catherine Herridge about the dismissing of charges against Michael Flynn by asking, “When history looks back on this decision, how do you think it will be written?” Barr answered his own question with the following, “Well … Read More The Construction of History in Guy Delisle’s “Jerusalem”

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Barriers in Guy Delisle’s “Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City”

Connections lead to understanding. Connections lead to a break down in the beliefs and myths that keep us separates. Connection bridge the chasms that exist between us. However, one must be open to these connections. If one is not open, then no matter what connections a person makes, they will always succumb to the myths and fears that reside within one’s brain. In Jerusalem: … Read More Barriers in Guy Delisle’s “Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City”

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Panel Structure in Craig Thompson’s “Blankets”

In “The Beautiful Ambiguity of Blankets: Comics Representation and Religious Art,” Benjamin Stevens writes about the religious symbolism and metanarrative aspects of Craig Thompson’s Blankets. Early in his essay, Stevens discusses Thompson’s use of panels, the absence, in spots, of borders, and other aspects that draw attention to Blankets as a graphic memoir working within the language of the genre. Stevens points out that … Read More Panel Structure in Craig Thompson’s “Blankets”

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Dissecting Pages from Lillian Smith Graphic Memoir

Last week, I shared the graphic memoir that I created alongside my students this semester. I detailed, in that post and the post where I described the project, my thought process for the narrative and what parts of Lillian Smith’s story I wanted to tell. As well, I walked through a three page sequence where I focused on Smith’s work as the director of … Read More Dissecting Pages from Lillian Smith Graphic Memoir

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Graphic Memoir Project

This semester in my Literature and Composition Graphic Memoirs class I am having students do a creative final project. For this project, they will either create their own graphic memoir or do a “Call and Response” piece for Looking at Appalachia. Since this is a new assignment, I am making my own graphic memoir alongside my students, trying my hand at creating a text. … Read More Graphic Memoir Project

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Dreams in Matt Huynh's "Cabramatta"

It wasn’t until I started following Kristen Radtke on Twitter that I found out about Believer Magazine, a bimonthly publication that focuses on literature, arts, and culture. Radtke is the comics’ editor, and in early February she posted on Twitter about Matt Huynh’s “Cabramatta” being a National Magazine Awards finalist for Digital Innovation. When I saw this, I immediately went to Believer Magazine‘s website … Read More Dreams in Matt Huynh's "Cabramatta"

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Kristen Radtke’s “Imagine Wanting Only This” and Reality

Last post, I wrote about memory in Kristen Radtke’s Imagine Wanting Only This. Today, I want to continue that discussion by looking at a few more pages in Radtke’s book. Specifically, I want to look at the ways we remember the past, what gets privileged and what gets forgotten. These moments point to one of the themes of Radtke’s book, the ephemeral and fleeting … Read More Kristen Radtke’s “Imagine Wanting Only This” and Reality

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Our Fleeting Existence in Kristen Radtke’s “Imagine Wanting Only This”

Reading Kristen Radtke’s Imagine Wanting Only This, I catch myself constantly moving back and forth within the text, never settling on one page or moving forward in a continuous motion. I find myself caught in, as Hilary Chute says when writing about Joe Sacco’s work, the “often awkward and time-consuming” rhythm, connecting back and forth across the pages the images and text that Radtke … Read More Our Fleeting Existence in Kristen Radtke’s “Imagine Wanting Only This”

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Having Students Analyze Comics’ Pages: Part II

Last post, I wrote about some of the pages I passed out to students in my Literature and Composition Graphic Memoirs’ class. I distributed the pages and had students examine them based on Scott McCloud’s discussion of transitions and gutters in Understanding Comics. Today, I want to continue by looking at some more of the pages that I had students examine. Unlike the pages … Read More Having Students Analyze Comics’ Pages: Part II

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Having Students Analyze Comics’ Pages: Part I

In my Literature and Composition Graphic Memoirs’ class, I am having students read various chapters from Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. During the first week, they read “The Vocabulary of Comics” and “Blood in the Gutter.” At the end of the week, I brought in about 6-7 comics and graphic novels, gave them each specific pages, and had them use McCloud to … Read More Having Students Analyze Comics’ Pages: Part I

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Memory in Laura Jones’ “My Life in Movies”

This semester, I am thoroughly enjoying teaching my Literature and Composition Graphic Memoirs class. There is so much to unpack, and we haven’t even gotten to the book-length memoirs yet. Recently, I had students read excerpts from Lillian Smith’s The Journey and a section of Laura Jones’ My Life in Movies. Today, I want to talk about the ways that these seemingly disparate texts, … Read More Memory in Laura Jones’ “My Life in Movies”

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Positioning the Reader in “The Teacher from Mars” and “Judgement Day!”

Last post, I wrote about the ways that Eando Binder’s “The Teacher from Mars” serves as a commentary on racism and Jim Crow during the mid-twentieth century. Today, I want to look at Otto Binder, Al Feldstein, and Joe Orlando’s adaptation of the story for EC Comics’ Weird Science-Fantasy #24 and at Feldstein and Orlando’s “Judgement Day!” Specifically, I want to focus on some … Read More Positioning the Reader in “The Teacher from Mars” and “Judgement Day!”