Warning: The post you are about to read may contain high level traces of fanboy-ness, comic reading, self indulgence, and interstellar space travel. Read at your own risk
So I’m thinking its the Avengers/ Big Bang Theory Marathon cocktail thats really been kicking in, but i’m really heading back to my comic book roots. I’ve been reading comics since i was a kid, and now I’m seriously considering picking up drawing again, and maybe one day ill be able to publish a comic/ graphic novel of my own. it used to be a clouded dream, but now in mass comm, it might actually materialize cause, I’m pretty much devoting my weeks to visuals and framing. I’m currently learning digital photography, Location video production, as well as web communication. So most of them pretty much involve visual elements and images (be it moving or still). and yea, i’ve taken quite an interest in them. I think writing is a flair for me, but not too much, so yea, i think comics/graphic novels are the middle ground!
So I’m starting to pick up those dumb-bells again, and its time to exercise my Geek Reflex.
So recently, I’ve borrowed two graphic novels from the library.
One is Alan Moore’s dystopian classic, V for Vendetta. Which i shan’t elaborate much since its pretty popular… and i haven’t gotten started on it yet.
And the other is this amazing novel entitled Asterios Polyp.
So anyway, there are many many many great things about Asterios Polyp that i would love to talk about, but i shall only name a few because
1. The post would be too long and at this moment you already have an urge to tell the owner of this blog to go do sports and stop being pastey.
2. I’m really really inadequate in explaining how great a novel Asterios Polyp is! it really incoporates some concepts that i don’t really understand myself, but ill try my best!
So here are my reasons why Asterios Polyp is a great graphic novel.
1. It is a graphic novel.
I love reading graphic novels, because they are comics that really push the boundaries of sequential storytelling. and thats mainly because of their strong story lines. Graphic novels in the proper definition are just comic books released as a compilation, sometimes creating a complete stories. But in my personal definition, Graphic novels have depth. And comics in general do have depth, which is contrary to popular belief.
But anyway, i really love graphic novels because they have really strong story lines, and they are very literary in nature. And Asterios Polyp is one such example. It tackles lots and lots of themes such as the coming of age, marriage and divorce, life and death, religion, and people, all within a really interesting story revolving around a retired washed out professor who is trying to find his bearings in life.
2. The graphic art.
The book is such a masterpiece because of its fantastic art! David Mazzucchelli really milked the potential of visuals in his novel by making each character and chapter unique. Each character is drawn differently. Asterios Polyp, the protagonist, is a two dimensional, expressionless architect. that that is how he is drawn. He is juxtaposed between other characters that are drawn to their characteristics and quirks ( Hana, his japanese wife, is drawn slightly more anime, and she is usually drawn more filled in while he remains hollow and abstract). also, each character has their own font when they speak, which really enhances and distinguishes each characters’ differences. these are just some of the examples of how the graphics are cleverly used. Others include, the book only uses 4 colors throughout the book. CMYK, and its just has this really minimalistic touch even though it is really detailed.
so technically, those are my two main points for the novel. i shan’t elaborate lest i reveal my ignorance on the topic further. But i’ll most definitely read it again, just to see what I’ve missed out. and hopefully when I’m more skilled on the topic of comics one fine day, ill be able to give a full blown analysis. Ive always wanted to do a literature analysis on such books…. hmmm
So apart from reading comics, another major step for geek-kind that i took is to start watching classic sci fi movies. i just finished watching starship troopers which i throughly enjoyed!!! and I’m going to watch alien next. then ill tackle the bigger guns like star trek one day. I’m not really experienced with the world of sic fi either… but from what I’ve read/ watched, sci-fi really explores politics using the petri dish of fiction. because scifi usually explores different worlds or galaxies, they seem to tackle things from a omnipotent perspective, and this usually means that political climate has to be invented and introduced into the story, which is really really cool in my opinion. Starship troopers explored the ideals of facism, and seemed really satirical with its cheesy propaganda vids and stuff. really enjoyed it. it was really entertaining, though it was seriously gory at times… but it was pretty light hearted overall, so i really thought it was great
So yea, I’m really going to explore the realms of comics, as well as sic fi really in-depth. hopefully ill enjoy the ride!
Im sorry if the post was too long or uninteresting. its primary role is to serve as a platform for expression. till next time then!!