Monday, December 1, 2008

Thompson pages

Blankets is illustrated much differently than any of the other graphic novels we have read. Thompson's unique styles of illustration in conjunction with writing makes the book really detailed and interesting . With Thompson I felt myself realting more with the pictures and not as much with the text. On page 60 there is an abstract one panel picture of thompson almost throwing up what seems to be his bad memories. Coming from his mouth are monster looking things. This technique of drawing what he feels instead of writing it works well for Thompson. While Bechtells Funhome illistrates then gives dialogue then explains the dialoque and reiterates what had happened in the scene, Thompson's approach is alot more simple. Thompson only explains with words when needed. His pictures tell more of a story than his words. Another interesting page is page 127. IT is a picture without borders which Understanding comics' McCloud says displays a scence of timelessnes. It is again an abstract picture of the arcade room being surrounded by the letters "HuMMMMMM" and the text is telling about a warm pur that wraps around the room. On page 129 is a simple yet effective picture of only THompson and RAina. The picture is warm and heartfelt. Thompson uses abstract imiges to convey his mesages and emotions.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

persepolis the movie

The movie and the book ended up being more different than i expected. I think that the movie worked better than the book at conveying emotions in the story. The book's pictures were not detailed and didn't add to the book therefore I didn't miss them in the movie. I think if Blankets was made into a movie that it would take away from the original graphic novel because it would lack the abstract pictures. The movie Percepolis didnt tell as much as the book and skimmed over a few scenes from the book. I didnt think it hurt the movie tho, it made the story more enjoyable because the end of the book is too long.

Monday, November 10, 2008


This book is similar to Maus is so many differnt ways. The things that both characters in both books went through is similar. So many close calls and times when both of them almost got caught and there would of been possible death for consequences. The brutality and violence is a little less graphic therefore the pictures are more vivid in Persepolis. Satrapi's pictures are more like the way Understanding comics interprets them. They have more depth to them and express emotions through them. Like on page 8 when she is describign how she thinks she will be the next prophet and how her conversations with god also back that up. The picture on the top right corner show her comfort in gods arms. she is swaddled in his robe and hair and seems restful and comfortable. Also she illistrates god with curves and all white against a black background, wich makes him look gently. Satrapi's images are also more abstract at times. like on page 15 when she explains how 400 people died in a cinima fire wich the Shah was at fault for. She draws half gost and half mortals going up with the flames giving the bodys a flame like look. Similarly on page 89 when a twon got bombed she drew the cars going up in flames as well. The last page was impactful becasue she shows people her age dieing and kids in her social class partying to show the difference social class made back then.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

maus II

The beggining of the second book started off with Art telling how he was planning on drawing all the different characters. I found this interesting because it gives the reader some insight as to what he was thinking about when he wrote and drew this book. He seems to be more in the present day in this book than the first. I think it is because he doesnt like thinking about the Haulocaust, he mentions how he is depressed. Therefor I think to avoid having to talk about it he talks about present day. The pictures of the concentration camps are hard to look at. It is sad to see what people went through, but the pictures make it more realistic than just written text.

Monday, October 27, 2008


This comic was different to read than Blankets and Fun home. It when back and forth in time rapidly and sometimes randomly but was easy to understand and follow. I found it interesting the way the book started, with the father and son art talking and discussing simple things. I liked how the book had the historical sence and the after effect and personaly story of how and why the book got written. The book was also informative, because I knew little about the Haulocause before I read this. I found it interesting how different Art's father was before during and after (presently) the Haulocaust. I liked How the character's were mice and cats. Not only did this represent preteter and pray, but also allowed the reader to relate to the character's better because they were not detailed. Like in understanding comics says the reader can rlate more to an abstract character that does not have alot of detail or facial features.

FUn home second half

After she finds out about the fathers death on page 27 the kids all show similar faces, emotionless with the same dot for a mouth. The mouth is significant thorughout the book of her father it is a dot the whole way through. the first time it changes is when he is with his gay student rob, then the father gets a quick smirk. Also when Bechdel comes out, he changes from a stern dot for a mouth to a smirk as well. His facial lines also seem more warm and les sern then before. The ties Bechdel has between her father and famous authors like Camus and Proust are interesting. However i cannot fully appreciate the paralles she draws between her fathers life and their work because i have never read any of their novels.