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Disregarding Time in X-Men

One thing I noticed while reading X-Men, especially the second of the two early issues, was that scenes detailing a lot of action seem to disregard the concepts of time and space. On page 204, for instance, everything in the large semi-splash panel looked like it was occurring simultaneously. I couldn’t figure out if there..

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Visualization of Sound

    I remember in my 8th grade English class, my teacher would play a piece of classical music and have us describe what we could see in our minds. Gus Arriola’s comic where the little boy is showing his uncle how to visualize sound reminded me of that time. Even without hearing the pieces..

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Children as the Progressive Spokesman

In Ormes’s single-panel cartoons, Patty-Jo seems to be the main, or only, speaker. Judging from the examples we’ve looked at, most of Patty’s lines are politically charged; Patty provides social commentary, most notably on race, that was very controversial for the time. Her older sister, however, remains silent. As mentioned in class, Ginger takes the..

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Gordo’s Great Visual Variations

I found it extremely interesting that, based off of what we studied in class, Gus Arriola’s Gordo was widely different across issues, something we haven’t quite seen yet. There is a set of recurring characters, but the focus seems to shift across whose story is being told, and further some issues did not feature these..

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Levels of Detail

I was struck by how ornate some of the images from this week’s comics were. Seeing some of the older books in the library on Monday reminded my just how much time some of these works would have taken. The strokes are so fine and packed together to give such detail, that I could not..

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Text in Gordo

My favorite panel of the “Gordo” comics were the panels wherein text became a part of the illustration. For example in the Gordos critters panel the final panel in row 3 has no speech balloon around the cat’s exclamation that, ironically, silence is preferable to him. Without confining language to the previously accepted balloon space,..

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Arriola’s Commentaries on the Immigration in Gordo

In class we talked about how Gus Arriola represents different cultures in his Gordo comics, and how he tries to subvert the traditional image of the lazy Mexican-American immigrant.  In the Gordo comic below, Arriola addresses not only the Mexican-American culture, but also brings in stereotypes of the Irish culture. As discussed in class, Arriola experimented with..

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Not Your Typical Sister Dynamic

I was very drawn to Jackie Ormes’ Patty Jo ‘n’ Ginger. I liked how the comic touched on social commentaries and things happening in that time period by using cute and clever little lines that the younger sister, Patty-Jo, would typically say. I found this intriguing for many reasons, the first being that in none..

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Audience and Readership of Editorial Comics

As mentioned in class, Ormes wrote the Patty Jo ‘n’ Ginger comics for the Pittsburgh Currier, one of the most successful black newspapers in the United States during the 20th century. Before being published in the Pittsburgh Currier,  Jackie Ormes worked for the Chicago Defender, another one of the leading black newspapers during that time. In the history class..

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