The Impact of the Graphic Novel on a Trauma Narrative

The cover of the graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby

The graphic novel, Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse, tells the story of Toland Polk, as we, the reader, follow him throughout his life as he comes to terms with his sexuality, grapples with religion, and struggles with voicing his discomfort around racism and homophobia.. I think the medium of a graphic novel adds an […]

Feeding a Fandom: How Graphic Novels are keeping a Show/Movie alive?

Firefly was an American space western drama that aired from 2002-2003 and only lasted for 14 episodes. The show takes place during the year 2517 and is primarily set on Serenity, a “Firefly-class” spaceship, which is owned and captained by Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds. The show focuses on nine main characters: Mal, Zoe, Wash, Inara, Jayne, […]

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 […]

Bringing the Planets to Life: Using Graphic Novels in School

This semester, I am taking an education class that teaches how to incorporate the different arts into the classroom. Recently, we completed an example lesson where we had to create a dance based on the process of how a cloud is formed. This incorporation of art to teach about the clouds reminded me of an […]

Dyslexics Can Read Too?

Dyslexia is a common learning disorder that affects how someone perceives the order of words, sentences, or other symbols. This creates difficulty perceiving the intended message that has been written out. However, it is important to know that dyslexia has no effect on the intelligence of a single person. In fact, some of the smartest […]

Dark Themes in Graphic Novels

Prior to taking this class, I had very little experience with graphic novels. I grew up reading silly comics such as Garfield, or Calvin and Hobbes, but I never read any “serious” comics or graphic novels. From what we have read so far in this class, I can definitely say (in a good way) that […]