Rorschach’s Psychopathology

Chapter six of “Watchmen” contained many psychological themes, mostly due to Rorschach’s identity aligning with the Rorschach test. To a psychology major this chapter was especially interesting. In clinical psychology the use of Rorschach tests are noted as being extremely unreliable and have no empirical evidence (research) to back up the usefulness of these tests. […]

Reinforcing Gender in Baby Blues

In a post entitled Sweet, Sweet Baby Blues, blogger Livesay discusses just what it is that makes this 26 year-old comic so lovable. The consensus, it seems, is that the strip is honest, realistic, and relatable. It’s no doubt true that many parents can identify with Darryl and Wanda MacPherson, especially given that the show is […]

Cartoons and Christ: A Catholic Web-Comic

In a world where Internet is king and information is quite literally at the tips of our fingertips, people are able to answer the most trivial and complicated of questions proposed to them and learn more about topics and ideas that they were previously ignorant of. Now, a 2,000 year old religion that has faced […]

Bad Kat

While we read the Krazy Kat comics, I really enjoyed them. So, I figured I would take one of these comics and change some aspect of it. Here’s the strip I chose to work with, courtesy of Professor Whalen’s examples on Canvas: Krazy Kat is very responsible as far as the law is concerned. Despite […]

Kids These Days…

Sunday mornings roll around and the first page that children (and teenagers) usually turn to is the Sunday comic page. Not only do these comics provide classic entertainment for the young readers, there is also one particular comic that unites all parents in regards to their children—Zits. Created in 1997, the comic follows the life […]

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 […]