Posts Tagged 'comic'

Wry smiles

Just thought I’d mention a couple of comics which have made me smile this past week:

Cat & Girl tale about Blasphemers.

Partially Clips find themselves worshipping a Graven Idol.


Erika Moen and Not Believing

I recently ordered a pile of comics from the ever interesting and cool Erika Moen and discovered the short, humorous tale of how she stopped believing in God. Erika Moen writes autobiographical comics dealing with episodes from her life and personal issues such as sexuality and relationships. She has a nice, fluid drawing style with great expression and recently won three awards at the Stumptown Comics Fest 2008 (Outstanding Debut, Outstanding Writing and Outstanding DIY). The content can be quite mature and sometimes quite graphic but it’s all served up with a good helping of humour and brutal honesty. A few days later, I bought the first volume of the Flight anthology which showcases talented young comic artists and. lo and behold, there she was with a piece about wishing that she could believe and have ‘faith’.

The God story is here and, if you’re interested, her online diary comic is here.

Persepolis in the cinema!

Yesterday, I finally got to see the film adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s ‘Persepolis. Persepolis is an auto-biographical story about growing up in Iran during the revolution. I am a huge fan of the original comics, as well as her other works. Satrapi draws bold images, full of blocks of colour and an exotic style which really give flavour to her work. What makes this film particularly exciting is that it was written and co-directed by Satrapi herself and her fellow comic artist Vincent Paronnaud.

So how did it fare on the big screen? I loved it! The art looks great and it was a pleasure to see the characters move and interact on screen. I saw a screening with the original French soundtrack and the voice acting fits perfectly. The English subtitle translations seem good too.

The story is a mix of her experiences growing up and the political situation around her. In fact, it is impossible to separate the two. Every aspect of her life from her relationships to her music tastes are permeated by the politics around her and her identity as an Iranian. Similarly, observing their everyday lives, it is clear to see how the religious is the political. Satrapi is also blessed with having an intelligent and caring family, who are always ready to explain things and let her express her views. Life is not always easy and Satrapi tries to tell it like it is without glamorizing tragedy or covering up her faults and mistakes. I almost forgot to mention that she has a wicked sense of humour and is unafraid to speak her mind, so if you’re imagining some kind of quiet, subservient, muslim girl, think again…

If you want to see a fantastically animated, absorbing tale of an intelligent, feisty girl growing up with the Islamic Revolution and much else besides, then head along to your local cinema now!

Family Man

This is just a little note to say that I’m really enjoying the ongoing graphic novel ‘Family Man‘ created by Dylan Meconis. It’s the story of a rebellious young scholar in 18th Century Germany, who has been refused his theology doctorate because he no longer believes. We join our hero when he has come back home to his family and is wondering what to do next. The story is building up steadily at the moment (currently on chapter 2) and there’s a new page every week. The attention to detail is wonderful and her character designs are, well, full of character! If the idea of an unlikely protagonist with an inquiring mind and intellectual passion appeals to you, then take a look here.