Graphic Novel Review: Phuc Tran

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Neon Genesis Evangelion by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. Example of motion line

The graphic novel I chose is Neon Genesis Evangelion by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. The popular hit Hollywood movie “Pacifim Rim” was based on this comic series so they both have the same concept, especially the settings are very similar. The story is about a world when giant aliens called “angels” harming mankind. In order to deal with that, humanity invented giant robots called” Eva” pilot by humans to defend themselves. Shinji is the main character who was forced to pilot the robot against his will. In reality, he just want to have the recognition from his father. Since the graphic novel is in the action genre, the artists demonstrate a lot of movement through out the story. This remind me of the concept of “painting motion” from “Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud. He mentioned that the expression of motion is reduced to a “single line” in comics, so a single panel represent a span of time through pictures. This concept is used a lot and optimized in this graphic novel effectively to make the action more dramatic.

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The Dead Baby Downhill Turns 20 by Eroyn Franklin

Reading comics in a digital format is always easier to access to. Because in the modern day, when most people own at least one digital device, it is very convenient to open or share our favorite comics to each other. On the other hand, I still prefer to have a hard copy of my favorite comics. It is just the feeling of buying the hard copy and own it is better. In that way, it shows your support to the artist as well as treasuring their pieces. The comic that caught my attention is “The Dead Baby Downhill Turns 20” by Eroyn Franklin. I like how they draws the character in one color as they are shadows, this is a great example of visual iconography in “Understanding Comics” which helps us realize a form of universal communication . Although the characters are simplified, we can recognize as they are people doing a specific action.

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