Author: kgwydir

Comics Capture Time and Sound (Question 1)

I’ve been impressed throughout the semester at how well, and how much better (than novels), comics are able to express the passage of time and the inclusion of sound. I feel like because comics utilize the visual sense, it portrays time and sound closer to the original experience – we see the visual translation of..

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The Plague as Anti-War Sentiment

While these first two episodes of Adele Blanc-Sec are not explicitly about war, I was thinking about our introduction to Tardi’s often anti-war commentary in class, and tried to find evidence of these feelings in Adele’s adventures. Along those lines, I think the plague acts as a symbol for the chemical warfare used in WWI..

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Cyclops: The Classic Foreigner

I’m a sucker for classical themes, especially those involving the Odyssey, so I’ve always been a fan of Cyclops (just to clarify – fangirl for Wolverine, fan of Cyclops). So, the Ancient Greeks had a thing for xenophobia, and pretty much ripped uncivilized foreigners to shreds every chance they got. In the Odyssey, Odysseus runs into..

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How to Safely Criticize the Man

A lot of the comics we’ve looked at so far have had social, political and cultural commentary coming from the voice of children – Patty Jo ‘n’ Ginger, some of Gordo’s work that we looked at in class, Mafalda, Little Lulu, etc. We talked in class how the the commentary simultaneously becomes more poignant (coming from an innocent mind..

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Frame Story in Comics

Reading through The Mysterious Underground Men, I was really interested in the chosen structure for what I’d call comic’s version of a frame story (story within a story, about a different time, place and set of characters). It’s very brief, but on pages 80 and 81 the queen tells her “people’s story.” The three paneled layout..

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