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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

American Heathen

I have a confession to make to my classmates. I love graphic novels and I am not ashamed to tell the world. Graphic novels are literary works of art on par with other works of literature. Literature is meant to tell a story and graphic novels do just that. They just do it in a different lane. A lane that speaks to the individuality of the artists. I believe that William James and John Stuart Mill would approve of these lanes.

For anyone who is against graphic novels, then an argument can be made that you do not like movies or television. Blasphemy, you say? Stay with me for a moment. I will attempt to show you the light. In order for your favorite TV shows or movies come to life, they must be created. Part of that creation process is the creation of storyboards that help bring the ideas of the director to life. Now those story boards might not seem like a big deal, but they are, in fact, a huge deal. They help shape and direct the evolution of these visual mediums.

Is that not enough for you? How about the fact that the movies and TV shows of today are increasingly based upon graphic novels. TV networks, such as ABC, AMC and the CW are raking in millions of dollars in ad revenue from their productions of graphic novels. I know that you are watching 'The Walking Dead," "Preacher," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., " and "The Flash." I checked the ratings. I also know that you are running out to see every Marvel and D.C. comics adapted movie that comes out in theaters. I checked those ratings as well.

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  1. A couple of my favorites:

    -"Logicomix: An epic search for truth" by Apostolos Doxiadis

    -"Thoreau at Walden" by John Porcellino

    There's a long, helpful list of graphic novels, comic-books and manga that deal with historic events here: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/8998.History_through_graphic_novels

  2. Anonymous10:19 PM CDT

    I love classic comics. My favorite graphic novel aka comic book would be Conan the Barbarian. I feel as if I can relate to Conan because he started from the bottom from a slave and rose to be a King. I love the animation and the just like some movies motivate some of us. Comics do the same for me.

  3. Years ago I remember having a discussion with a teacher in elementary school about my young son reading comic-books and she was more progressive than some in believing that it was a good idea because it helped develop his reading skills for later when he had to read more difficult classical works. She also encouraged me to read them with him so I would know what he was reading and be able to answer any questions he might have or to pose some questions to him about what he read. I can remember one in particular about a "Beyonder" character who was beyond everyone and everything and would have been described in other mediums as God. It gave rise to a question of what was beyond the Beyonder and where did the Beyonder come from and did the Beyonder have parents.

  4. You’ve got me think, Brandon. I don’t watch TV very much, except for a baseball game now and then. BTW, the Little League World Series will be on TV in about another week. Now that’s real baseball! I almost never watch moves, even though I do have Netflix. I bet I watch more youtube than Netflix.
    At any rate, maybe I should invest some time in graphic novels.
    BTW, your embed youtube video “Luke Cage – Bulletproof…” isn’t working. It says, “Playback on other websites has been disabled by the video owner.” No worries though, I watched on youtube.

  5. More common ground, George: i'll be watching too. There are MLB players now who played in Williamsport.