I’m one of those weird people that actually like school. When I found myself having to enroll again after all these years… yes, there was some anxiety, trepidation and apprehension… but I also looked forward to the opportunity of refocusing my knowledge. I’m older now, slower, duller… but being older also means you see more. I consider myself to be a problem solver and the philosopher in me likes making connections. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not any smarter than I was. I’ve always been a “B” student and that aspect of me hasn’t changed. But, if what Marshall McLuhan says is true, that we are all in a media vortex, I see education as the means to telegraph our message into the future.
One of the classes I took during first semester was a course on Graphic Novels. I thought I’d share with you a couple of my book reviews. Since we aren’t privy to Dennis’ wonderful digital comics anymore… first up is a comic book review in comic book form. One of my favourite indie creators is Adrian Tomine, and here, I review his book Short Comings. I’m not an artist but it was fun pretending to be. Each panel was drawn by hand, scanned, coloured and lettered in Illustrator.
Adrian Tomine’s work is poignant, funny and at times disturbing. He satirizes our insecurities and there is a sense that he is trying to communicate much more than what can be read or seen. At the very least, it’s a fun read and a nice change from spandex. My mark on this assignment was 78%.