We need to talk (about depression).

Depression has always been something difficult to talk about. It’s really something you need to have experienced to really understand and even then it effects everyone differently. Person A and Person B could both have depression but have completely separate stories and feelings than one another. Depression isn’t the only mental illness that is like this […]

The Return of the (Printed) Comic Book

On September 18, 2016, an article was published on the Comichron website detailing the rise in comic book orders. According to the article, “Since 1998, Diamond Comic Distributors has never shipped more than 10 million comic books to comics shops in a single month. That changed in August, as DC‘s “Rebirth” resulted in shipments of […]

Archie Forever

As a child, I had an obsession with a particular comic called Archie. My father first introduced it to me around the age of 9 or 10 and I instantly became hooked. Archie was something my father and I bonded over, due to the fact that he had read it as well when he was younger. […]

Western Influence in an Eastern Comic

When Hirohiko Araki began JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure in 1987, his goal was simply to lampoon the hyper-masculinity of the male interest manga of his time, like Fist of the North Star. 29 years and 95 million copies sold later, JoJo has become a cultural phenomenon, owing much of its massive success to global accessibility. JoJo’s […]

Calvin and Hobbes and Everyone Else

Calvin ad Hobbes was a daily comic strip by American cartoonist Bill Waterson, that was syndicated from 1985 to 1995. These strips were also compiled into a series of books that served as an archive for the newspaper strip collection, although some offered some new material as well. Calvin and Hobbes is about an adventurous […]

Heroes in the Gutter

My experience with comics has been pretty limited prior to reading in this class. I’ve taken some interesting classes here at Mary Washington that have either briefly included comics or have focused on studying the power of images. From Visual Rhetoric, to Global Issues in Literature (where we read Persepolis– the first graphic novel I […]

Do You Believe in Magic(al Girls)?

Originating in Japan, magical girl or Mahou Shoujo is a genre/category of manga and anime that includes tales about..well…magical girls. The name basically says it all. The classic storyline/origin story usually involves a young girl of around middle or high school age being granted a device which allows her to transform and fight evil. The girls usually […]