Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

Batwoman Part I: The Beginning

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

As promised in the last post, I am beginning a multi-part series on Batwoman.  Before I begin, however, I would like to discuss a bit about Picture of Batman: The Dark Knight in trade paper backwhat got me interested in this character in the first place.

As mentioned in the last post, DC came out in November 2011 with the New DC 52.  Many feature our favorite characters, but with a freshstart, some are new characters, and some are characters who have never had their own series.  I had recently read TPB (trade paper back) of Batman: The Dark Knightby Frank Miller with art by Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley. So when a new series of Batman: The Dark Knight began, I started buying it every month.  What the hell does this have to do with Batwoman, right? (more…)

it’s all about your perspective

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

And indeed, it is.  Who would have ever thought that drawing in perspective would be so difficult.  I mean, I’ve watched some pretty cool YouTube videos, and this one in particular seemed to cover the 1, 2, and 3 point perspective fairly well.  When I finished watching this video, I thought to myself, “well that was easy”, and in reality, I could do what he does here if I watched and worked along with him.  But when I tried something on my own later, this is what I came up with:

As one can easily see, I’m just not getting it yet.

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a life of comics

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

I have a tendency to want to know as much as I can about one subject, then become bored with it, and move on.  Luckily for me there are a few things in my life of late that have “stuck” more than others.  Two of those things include technology of about any kind, including teaching in virtual environments, and comics.  To be honest, the comics bit surprises me a lot. (more…)

What do Charles Dickens and Zombies have in common?

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

At first glance, one might scoff and say emphatically “NOTHING”!  Before yesterday, I’m confident my response would have been the same.  Today, however, I know that they do indeed have a connection, and not just a tangential one.  While in the comic shop yesterday perusing some of DC Comics new 52 editions, I espied a title that is and has been for years, very familiar and especially dear to me, but there was something different about it.

Picture of the title "Christmas Carol

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When was the last time you wrote in Cursive?

Friday, October 14th, 2011

I know this is a bit of a strange topic, but I got to thinking about cursive writing this morning as I was writing in my journal.  That started me wondering how many people out there still write in cursive?  And if you do, when do you write in cursive?  Is it only for special occasions or all the time?  (more…)

comics, comix, and more . . .

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

My life, of late, is absorbed in comics of every kind.  I recently read Mark Millar’s Superman: Red Son, which is an interesting look on how the Superman story would have played-out had his ship crashed into the Soviet Union rather than Kansas.  Not sure I can see Lex Luthor as the President of the United States, but it was a very interesting read.  Superman is such a staple of American culture that it is a bit mind boggling to see him as a communist.  The most interesting part of the story is the end.  I won’t do any more spoilers here, but it really leaves you thinking.  I would highly recommend it to anyone.

I’ve also slowly been reading the second volume of One Piece.  I admit, I haven’t picked it up in a while, and when I do I usually only get a couple of pages read at a time, but I’m hoping to get more involved in it before long.  Here is my issue, though.  From what I can tell and from what I’ve been told, the American version has been toned WAY down language wise from the originals to cater to a younger audience.  I’ve been advised to simply read them online, but when it comes to comics, I prefer the text in-hand.  I only bought volume one and two, so maybe I’ll reconsider how I view this series before continuing.

Those are the only comics I’ve read of late.  So you might be asking what’s with the title, right?  Simple, I’m also currently reading Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature by Charles Hatfield; The Power of Comics: History, Form, & Culture by Randy Duncan and Matthew J. Smith; Graphic Novels: Everything You Need to Know by Paul Gravett; and Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Reinventing an Art Form by Scott McCloud (one of my personal favorites).  Ten years ago I could not imagine reading this many books at the same time, but since graduate school I’ve learned that it’s a reality if you really want to do any type of research.  Thus far, I’ve learned a LOT about the history of comics: how they began, how they nearly met their demise, how underground comix came to life, and how alternative comics found a foothold.  I’ve also learned about production methods, distribution, and display.  I’ve learned how comics have developed from primarily a mass produced superhero genre only media, to an artisan produced media of many different genres such as autobiography, history, and even journalism.

These topics just touch the surface of the things I have read lately.  I am hoping to get two articles written this semester: one having to do with my experiences in China, and one dealing strictly with comics.  I’m fairly confident this is over ambitious, but I am aiming high and reading with those goals in mind.

Both “graphic” and somewhat distrubing

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

A new grad consultant in the writing center is also a free lancer for Marvel Comics, and he is currently working on promoting a new graphic novel that is slated to be released in May, 2012 by HarperCollins.  The Art of War is written and storyboarded by Kelly Roman and illustrated by Michael DeWeese.  Below is a preview of the graphic novel.

First, I love black and white. I love it in art work, I love it in photography, and I love it in comics and graphic novels.  I believe that color can actually distract from the drawing when it comes to comics.  I do, however, love the use of red in this comic.  We are groomed to expect it from the title page, so it’s not distracting in the least.  I think it also helps drive home the point that war is bloody.

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“It’s all about the tension,” she said

Monday, June 13th, 2011

With a stack of books, seemingly growing by the minute, to the left of me and various pens, pencils, notebooks, iPads, and drinks to the right of me, I have decided to put the proverbial blinders on and ignore all of that and instead reflect on where I was last weekend and what I was doing at this exact moment.

At this minute last Sunday, I was in a room full of inspiring and accomplished writers, listening to them read their work, which ranged from slam poetry to creative non-fiction to fiction to memoir.  Many of these writers shared works they had just written that weekend during our stay at the Bear River Writers Conference.  I was in awe of the glimpses I saw of these writers’ talents. (more…)