Invisible Emotion: Joseph Alonso

Comic made by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, 1984.

This image is form the second issue of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic series, made by Kevin Brooks Eastman and Peter Laird.  This image both conveys emotion and interdependency.  Though at times the turtles’ emotions are hard to discern due to the art style, you can usually tell what they are feeling due to the curvature of their mouths and their body language.  It is especially hard to tell with Splinter, though that is due to his mostly dark colors and his stern disposition.  You can tell that Leonardo is feeling confident due to his crossed arms and slightly upturned mouth, similarly with Donatello, though he is holding his staff to help identify him.  Raphael is mildly annoyed, and you can tell this by his hands being hooked in his belt, along with the slight frown on his face.  Michelangelo is being friendly due to his wave and smile.

This image also displays interdependency due to the nature of this scene and the art style.  If you took away the words, you would be able to tell that it is some sort if introduction to who’s who, but the nature of the art style and colors does not help discern which turtle is which.  You would only be able to pick out Donatello with his staff, the others’ weapons are not visible, and their bandanna colors are not visible either.  if it was just the words, it would be obvious that this is an introduction, but you would not be able to put a face to the name without the foreknowledge that you are reading a TMNT comic.  Although, this image could also be seen as being duo-specific.

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