From Blondie to Wifey

In September of 1930 Chic Young’s, Blondie was first published in newspapers. The storyline followed a beautiful socialite blonde and her rich boyfriend Dagwood. Three years after the comic was published despite Dagwood’s disapproving parents, Blondie and Dagwood get married, therefor forfeiting his family money for love. From this point on they live a middle […]

Religion or Transaction? Thematic Analysis

The hollow and fickle nature of transactional relationships is a central theme throughout Will Eisner’s graphic novel, “A Contract with God”. The short stories work consecutively to explore this theme, starting from a relatively simple example and becoming more nuanced and ethically dense. The first short story, “A Contract with God,” introduces the theme with […]

New York City: The Capitol of Dreams, but of Connections?

If you ever read Will Eisner’s comic, “Street Singer,” it’s not the type of story you’d want to read while blasting Taylor Swift’s happy-go-lucky jam, “Welcome to New York”, because, frankly, it’s less joyful. Scratch that. It’s quite a depressing read.  Depressing, yet important.   Metropolitan areas, particularly New York City, represents a place for […]

Comfort in a Harsh World

The City, by Frans Masereel, is composed of many different woodcuts in succession, which manages to create a visual story that is largely up to individual interpretation. The story is largely open to interpretation, because it has no words to guide the readers thoughts; the images then become the most powerful indicators of theme. One particular […]