Sexualization and Exploitation of the Female Body: Marvel and Bitch Planet Revelaed

Ever notice how superheroines dress? I have, and I have noticed how impractical their costumes and body types are. The fact that these women perform powerful acts in little to no clothing with huge breasts—that surely must get in the way— is incredible. What I have noticed even outside of superheroine comics is that there […]

Death In The…Gutter?

The gutter is defined as the space between defined comic panels in which the bulk of the action happens. As described by Scott McCloud in chapter three of his book (Blood in the Gutter) some of the most gruesome story telling takes place in the gutter of a graphic novel or comic. While the art […]

Comic Books in the YA Genre: The Young Avengers

(Warning! This post contains spoilers for Young Avengers, Vol. 1 as well as Avengers Disassembled.) Since modern comic books cover such a wide range of topics, types, and age ranges, it is often helpful to classify them into standard literary genres. For instance, one aspect of the comic This One Summer that we discussed in class is how […]

Old Man Logan and the Revival of Wolverine

Wolverine first appeared in 1974 in issue 180 of The Incredible Hulk. His introduction as a one-off villain quickly snowballed into that of a beloved antihero, and since the late ‘80s he has starred in his own solo comic. The ‘90s saw Wolverine’s popularity peak, as the generation of angst favored characters with a more […]

History Told From Different Perspectives

History told by Different Perspectives By Stratton Gilmore I am a firm believer that graphic novels are a great way to educate students with both text and visual elements within literature.  As students, we are able to see a point of view along with the narrative text.  Both of these elements create interest in the […]

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 […]

Harley Quinn: Younger than You Think

Unlike many characters from the Detective Comics Universe, Harley Quinn did not premier in the comic books. Instead, this leading lady was created for Batman: The Animated Series as a female companion for the Joker. Harley first appeared in the episode titled “Jokers Favor” (1992) and has steadily grown in popularity ever sense. In the animated […]