Oh the Squirrelmanity!: The Unique Humanity of Squirrel Girl

As a superhero comic, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is unique for a number of reasons: the millennial humor, the distinctly non-sexualized female protagonist, the lighter tone, and the sheer quantity of squirrels, to name a few (some of these elements are discussed more in depth in an earlier blogpost). All of these elements make Squirrel […]

Magical Girls: Superheroes But Much, Much Cuter

A Brief History The concept of Magical Girl or 魔法 少女 (majou shoujo) is a concept that originates in Japanese manga and animation as a female hero narrative aimed towards younger audiences. Dominique Giles made a different post about magical girls in 2016, but I decided to take more of a historical approach. There are […]

Webtoon: Comics in The Digital Age

With technology advancing as quickly as it does, it’s hard for the world to keep up. Which begs the question: how do comics stay relevant in the digital age? In 2005 a corporation, named Naver Corporation, launched under the name of “Naver Webtoon” in Korea. As Webtoon began gaining traction in the late 2000s and […]

Videogames and Manga: Splatoon and Splatoon 2

In class today, we talked a little bit about graphic novels and how their stories can be represented and shared through multiple sources of media: TV shows, movies, literature, and even videogames. Many video games have been created from comics and graphic novels, a  notable example being any marvel comic turned into action packed games […]

From Podcast to Comic: The struggle of translating an audio medium to print

Five years ago, one of the post popular actual play podcasts came into existence. The Adventure Zone is an podcast hosted on the Maximum Fun Network centered around the McElroy family playing dungeons and dragons. The DM (or dungeon master) is Griffin and the players are his brothers Justin and Travis and their father Clint. […]

Scoob and Shag: The Wildest Webcomic You Need to Read

The Internet is a place of many fanworks, with fans from around the world taking the established properties they love and paying tribute to them through fanart, fanfiction, and various other creations. Some of these fanworks take on a life of their own, transcending their tributary origins to become something original. One such fanwork is […]

Ozymandias, Griffith, and the Greater Good

Disclaimer: Due to the sheer length and depth of both of these works, I have had to skip over some details of plot and character development involving Ozymandias and Griffith. Also spoilers ahead for Watchmen and Berserk. One of the essential parts of any story is the antagonist, someone with bad intentions for the reader to root […]