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 […]

A LOOK AT: The Bounce

When browsing the internet about comics, most of the time it is dominated by comics published by Marvel or DC Comics. Rarely do you see independent comic companies get the spotlight for their publications and stories in mainstream media because of the massive popularity of characters such as Iron Man, Captain America, Batman, and Superman, […]

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 […]

Comics for the Mentally Ill: By the Mentally Ill

Comics/graphic novels are a way of expression for many artists. They can express many things including things going on in the artist’s life. An example of said expression are artists who depict mental illnesses in an appropriate way. Many more popular comic series metal illnesses aren’t portrayed properly, making the person a villain or acting […]

The American Comic Book and its Jewish origins

At this point, I think it’s safe to say that over the semester we’ve looked at comics and graphic novels in depth. Like…super in depth. I mean, what else can you do in a class like this? And while it’s been great to see some historical stuff (Oldbuck), read some pretty out there stuff (Das […]

LGBTQ + C(omics)

LGBTQ representation in our society has grown substantially throughout recent years. LGBTQ individuals were once brushed off by society, and those who had come out were ridiculed and discriminated against. Society disapproved of being a homosexual and some believed being a homosexual would result in going to hell after death. Families of those who were […]

Here or There? This or That? You choose!

Some of my favorite stories, apps on my phone, etc. are the ones where there are different scenes in which the story stops and you are able to choose what response a character gives in a situation. Then, the story goes in the direction that is controlled by what decisions you make. One example is […]

What Makes a Comic/Graphic Novel Interesting?

Throughout the course of the semester we have seen a variety of comics and graphic novels. The interesting thing about those were how vastly different they all were. In class we looked at different examples of different comics and the many paneling options, word bubbles design, etc. that they come in. The same goes with […]

What makes a comic popular? A look into Webtoons

If you imagine explaining comic and graphic novel genres to an alien, it might look like something out of the Mean Girls lunch tour scene. Webcomics in particular are interesting to look at because they don’t require any capital investment before reading. The author creates the story in front of an audience who consumes the […]