Comics have the power to offend and bring up issues that people don’t want brought up as with this case in South Africa where cartoonist, Johnathan Sharpiro, drew the leading party member, Jacob Zuma raping the justice system. I know for sure that the comic as described in the article could not be published in America. I’m not sure how it made it in South Africa. It brings to light series accusations in a way that is distasteful to say the least. I’m not sure how South Africa is going to deal with this comic. Hopefully it will be dealt with better than the infamous Danish cartoons.
This is not the disputed cartoon. Only one showing the situation.
All museums have interesting things, but some are more interesting than others. In the natural history museum of Basel, Switzerland there was an exhibit called Animatus of skeletons of cartoon characters (It ran until August 31 so I guess its somewhere else now). So if you walked in you would see Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Tom and Jerry among other favorites except for they would be all bone. This exhibit was created by the Korean artist Hyungkoo Lee. I think its kind of cool if not just a little creepy. What do you think?
According to this article, the comic Dan Dare, influenced the hi-tech inventions of the 50s and 60s in the UK. There is a lot of tech in this comic and it inspired the children to head into science. Some of that actual went into building nuclear weapons. As unfortunate as that is, this shows the power comics can hold over us. It can inspire and not just entertain us. They can be used for wartime propaganda or to instill national beliefs as well. What do you think about the power of comics?
I found this awesome pic of Christian/Sasuke and I think it’s awesome so I decided to share it with everyone. Doesn’t Christian’s head fit so well on Sasuke? Christian’s hair looks so much like Sasuke and his face does too. Christian’s such an anime character. There are lots more out there though. I might do some mash ups myself. Any ideas?
Princess Tutu was an anime that at first I didn’t believe I would like. It sounded rather childish, well except for people’s comments that it was darker than it appeared. But I needed something to watch one day and I wondered what could be dark about Princess Tutu. The name sounds like it belongs to something nice and happy, but as I watched the show everything I thought about it proved to be wrong.
It may not have the best art in an anime, which detered someone I know from watching the series, but it had awesome music from operas and ballets. Every episode opened with the music to one. It also made me really interested in swan lake, considering that it is based off that. It also made me realize that I had not seen ballet in a long time and I kind of missed seeing it. It of course is darker than the title would suggest and is sad like swan lake.
Here’s an amv called Hold Me that I think shows the spirit and pain of the characters and the lack of control they have over their lives. Basically its my favorite Princess Tutu Amv. The good Swedish song helps and the timing of the video.
Watch this anime if you like romance, ballet, opera, fairy tales, magic girls, and epic battles against evil and the struggle for free will.
There are several similarities between the TV shows Pokémon and Lilo & Stitch concerning the nature of the characters, the nature of the enemies, and plot. The main character, a human, seeks as many made-up creatures, which can be identified by name or number, and which live in balls, as possible. However, in Pokémon, the main character, a 10-year-old boy named Ash, captures and uses the Pokémon for battle, and the main character in Lilo & Stitch, a young girl named Lilo captures and finds jobs for Dr. Hämsterviel’s evil “experiments” that would benefit society. Both shows feature enemies who are bent on stealing the main character’s fictional creatures. In Pokémon, Team Rocket (consisting of Jessie, James, and a Pokémon called Meowth) is intent on stealing Ash’s Pokémon, and in Lilo & Stitch, Gantu and his sidekick, and “experiment” called Reuben, plan to steal Lilo’s “experiments” and return them to Dr. Hämsterviel. Both shows also have characters whose purpose is to ostracize the main characters: in Pokémon, Gary Oak brags to Ash that he is better than him. In Lilo & Stitch, Mertle Edmonds and her friends constantly mock Lilo by saying she is weird.
Lilo & Stitch is very similar to Pokémon. In both shows, the main character strives to get as many
creatures as possible while warding off someone who attempts to steal his or her creatures.
Although Lilo & Stitch was based on a book, it is quite possible that Disney allowed Pokémon to
influence its plot.
I just saw Persepolis and I liked the way they kept the feel of the Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novels about her life in around and her experiences leaving it. It was co-directed by her so she was able to make sure the art and humor were the same and flowed the way she wanted it to, although there differences between the novels and the movie. For one there was the music that really enhanced the whole feature. It went from the eye of the tiger which is one of my favorite scenes to really hard core rock. The movie’s in French with some sprinkling of English. It’s also entirely in black in white except for the scenes that take place closer to the present.The movie managed to show that as a child that although she really didn’t understand what was going on around her that it all affected her behavior directly.
Here’s an article with some more background info on Satrapi and its correctly named Confessions of Miss Mischief. I think its awesome that she speaks six languages. I would like her to speak at commencement, but what’s the chance of a small college in Virginia getting her? We’ll probably get some weird political dude instead. I think she would be an awesome speaker. I mean she outwitted Stephen Colbert on his own show. If the college doesn’t get her to speak maybe the comix club here could find her. I wonder how much it would cost to bring her here. I doubt the club has enough money, but maybe if we worked with others we would have enough. I wonder if she would be willing to speak though. It would be awesome if she did or if I had the chance to meet her.
Well here’s a short comic of Satrapi’s preconceived notions of going to West Point, what she wanted to happen, and what actually did. I hope that if you haven’t read any of her graphic novels or seen the movie that you do. If you have then feel free to comment.
A scene that was both funny and kind of scary at the same time as was much of the movie which shows that she has a great sense of humor.