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 […]

Is it a Game or a Comic? Well, it’s Both

Metal Gear Solid is actually a game series, two of the games have been adapted into a full blown comic, but there is one game that mixes up their mechanics. MGS: Peace Walker uses the regular mechanics for an MGS game, but the cut scenes are completely in a comic book style (possibly because this […]

Terrific Trio: Three Tantalizing Comics

The most important thing that I’ve learned about comics because of this course is that they are meant to be shared, discussed, and reflected upon.  For my final blog post, I would like to share three comics that I found recently at Riverby Books in downtown Fredericksburg. (If you haven’t been, I highly recommend a […]

How Far is too Far? A Comic that Pushes It

Trigger warnings: Murder, Graphic gore, Rape, suicide, extreme language to include some slurs, pedophilia, child murder, nudity, necrophilia, cannibalism, self mutilation, incest (family ties)   You have to say to yourself sometimes while consuming content: there’s no way they would go there. Right? Well, Crossed goes there. I read some of these comics quite a few years ago and needless […]

The First “Graphic Novel” I Ever Read

Back when I was a little kid, I wasn’t the biggest fan of reading. It was a huge accomplishment when I finished a multi-chapter book cover to cover. I was also in a mother-daughter bookclub, and we would read some heavy books! When I was 10 or 11, we read Marley & Me. I should also […]

The secret life of Wonder Woman

I recently (yes recently- as in two weeks ago) FINALLY watched Wonder Woman! And I LOVED it. And although I can’t imagine anyone else fitting the role as perfectly as Gal Gadot, the Wonder Woman that was brought to the big screen is not the original Wonder Woman. Photo credit: io9.gizmodo.com The Wonder Woman created by […]

Mental Illness As Illustrated By rubyetc Through Silly Comics

I’ll just get straight to the point. This whole article is dedicated to silly drawings of vaguely humanoid blobs, and a chicken. These are comics by rubyetc (or rubyetc_ on Instagram) depicting some of her experiences with mental illness. Typically, when we imagine an illness, we think of the flu, or tuberculosis, etc. Something related […]