Sunday, January 3, 2016

Introduce Yourself (January 2016)

Hello, Visual Narratives Folks.

It would be terrific if you'd take a few minutes before our first class to introduce yourself here. Hit "comments," below, and fill us in: Who you are, your interest in comics or visual narratives, maybe what you're looking forward to in the course.

If you look back at the first post for this blog (or at the "Instructions for Students" link over there at the top on the right), you'll find an explanation of how I hope this blog will work for our class.

See you soon...

16 comments:

  1. Hello. I'm John Hope and I hope this comment works. In this course I'm looking forward to being introduced to visual narratives and comics. Because I don't have much background in that area. I've never really read comics before so I'm looking forward to it. I do have a photography background, so I'm excited to knock the cobwebs off and maybe do some stuff with that again because it's fun. Anyway. See everyone tomorrow!

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  2. Hi - I'm Audrey and I too lack background in visual narratives and comics. The concept of using images to tell stories interests me and I look forward to broadening my horizons as well as meeting you all in class - see you then!

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  3. Hey hey!! My name is Dane Larson and I have little back in comics, I have read them but thats it, but I was an assistant videographer over the summer which is the reason I picked up the film and visual narratives minor. So far this class is pretty awesome and am excited to work with all of you!

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  4. Hello! I'm Maggie and I have some background in reading comics, but that's rather minimal. I enjoy manga nowadays, and other forms of visual storytelling even more so, such as film and video games. I'm excited to continue studying how visual components contribute to/tell a story. I'm also considering picking up the film and visual narratives minor. Looking forward to class tomorrow!

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  5. Hi! I'm Jake and I'm really excited for this class. I love graphic novels (especially supernatural and anthropomorphized animal themes) and have a budding collection of them at home and at school. I grew up reading Calvin and Hobbes and Tin Tin and would love to branch out more into other comic and graphic novel themes. Pumped to work with you guys and get to know everyone better!

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  6. Greetings! My name is Vincent Janke and I took this class out of a desire to read and learn more about graphic novels. For most of my life comics have been a constant, whether it was in the form of Japanese Manga, newspaper funnies, or more recently where I am reading a lot of Marvel and DC. I used to create comics when I was younger so I am really interested in exploring all the details that graphic novels have to offer that people usually overlook. I look forward what this course has to offer and seeing everyone else's background in terms of graphic novels.

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  7. Hi! I'm Olivia, I have very little background in comics. My sister and I grew up reading Archie, but that's about it. I am looking forward to this class because I think it will expand my literary background. As an English Lit major, I spend most of my time analyzing text, but never in this form - so it is entirely unfamiliar which makes it even more exciting. I hope to gain an analytical understanding of comics, and visual narratives in general, in order to enhance my literary skills. Excited to get to work with all of you!

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  8. Well Hey! I'm Caleb, and I grew up reading a lot of Spider-man and Star Wars comics, which I have really fond memories of. Recently, though, I gotten back into a few different comics as they were recommended by a friend, so now I've read things like Watchmen by Alan Moore, The Dark Knight Returns and Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli, Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, and My Cancer Year by Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner. All of those come highly recommended by me. They're really great! I'm mainly just looking forward to reading and talking about some interesting and very different comics, so I can't wait to see what this class holds!

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  9. So I think at this point everyone has a general idea of who I am...but here we go! My name is Holli, and I have a pretty big background in the comics realm. I started reading my mom's old comics at a young age and then started into my own series. A big part of my knowledge comes from my manga phase, which I had way too many of. I have read a good amount of comics since then that aren't a part of the manga category, but there's not too many. The significant ones would be Maus and the Bone series. I'm taking the class because I used to want to make my own graphic novel and I want to explore the different facets of the genre.

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  10. Hello! As a Digital Art and Storytelling major and a Theatre minor I am very interested in stories, in all their forms. Fred had recommended this class to me, which to be honest I don't think I would have considered taking if he hadn't. I had no experience with comics (other than Calvin and Hobbes which I read so much as a kid my dad hid the books from me so I would read something else. I still haven't gotten them back.) My main focus is film and I hope that though this course I not only learn quite a bit about comics but that it can enhance my understanding of film, and I guess storytelling in all its mediums.

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  11. Hello! I'm Sarah Michelle Cruz (Sarah, fool) and I'm a psychology and English writing major and had a minor in Chinese. Growing up, I read Dragonball comics and later spent a lot of time reading and drawing manga. When I was 10, I began crafting and drawing my own anime series which combined "parallel universes" of all my favorite anime shows who were chosen to fight evil. Ps they could only be chosen if they had these terrible, heartbreaking childhood stories so every character was pretty sad. Yay 10 year old me! I continued creating these stories for 10 years, drawing a lot of my own manga. SO I'm taking this course in order to see all the different type of comics that exist out there, but also to see if I can gain more inspiration or even encouragement when it comes to my passion for drawing manga and creating these stories.

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  12. Hey there! I'm Parker Postlewait, a Senior who just decided to switch on over to the English major. I remember reading some comics when I was a kid. However, I never really kept up with them and haven't paid attention to many at all in the last... well, long time. I'm taking this class in order to experience a new medium and understand how comics can be used as a form of literature, beyond just entertainment.

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  13. Hi, I'm Nathan. My experience with comics is mostly limited to some of the 1960s Marvel comics, although I did grow up reading the old Uncle Scrooge comics. Oh, and Calvin and Hobbes. Calvin and Hobbes is my favorite. But I'm an English literature major, so I have an interest in narratives of pretty much any format. And I also have a big interest in film, so I'm hoping this class will provide some information that can be cross-applied to that as well.

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  15. Hey-lo. I'm Kayla. My dad has a numerous and varied collection of comics which I found fascinating when I was young, and continued reading through high school. In high school I also read some manga and started dabbling in drawing manga, but it never went anywhere... Of course, I too have read Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, and the Sunday funnies. I decided to take this class because it would fill a required slot for my major AND because I wanted to finally take a "fun" class. I have always been interested in this form and am excited to bring my English Literature major and art background together.

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  16. I'm Jordin and my experience with comics is narrow, but my joy for them is something that has only crept up in the past year or so, particularly from the position of cartoonist. This course seemed like it would be fascinating as well as provide insights that could be transfered to a teaching atmosphere or any other English related pursuit in the future.

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