Friday, December 5, 2014

What I've Been Reading - Batman: Year One // The Library

BATMAN: YEAR ONEa graphic novel by Frank Miller & David Mazzuccheli with Richmond Lewis (1986)

Batman: Year One follows the stories of Lieutenant Gordon and Bruce Wayne as they face intertwining struggles within Gotham City.

I think this was a great book for my first foray into the Batman comics. I enjoyed the backstory behind Bruce Wayne as a supplement to the general knowledge of the story I had from pop culture.

What I found truly interesting was the back story of Lieutenant Gordon. How coming to Gotham City affected his marriage, his wife Barbara, the early progression of his career, (and because he is human) his mistakes. He's flawed but still tries to do the right thing. He fights for himself, fights for Gotham, he's a lot like Batman in that respect. In a way, I feel like I connected more with Gordon this time around than I did with Batman.

That being said, there were some great action scenes with Batman which had me shouting at the pages at times. This is the cover page to one of my favorite chapters in the book, CHAPTER THREE: BLACK DAWN. (I've reread this quote so many times, so awesome.)

And for everyone who likes to see the workflow or creative process of other artists and writers the behind-the-scenes sketches, sample layouts and script pages in the back of the book are a joy to read. I particularly enjoyed Frank Miller's afterword at the end of the book, describing his first glimpse of the Batman comics as a young boy. 

Overall, Miller offers vivid imagery of the ever mysterious Batman and takes the reader on a journey into the perpetually gritty, concrete hole of Gotham City. Well done, Mr. Miller. Well done.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Currently and Concurrently - vol. ii // 2:46 pm // GENERAL

Listening: "Take Me To Church" by Ed Sheeran (Hozier Cover), "Mother & Father" (Live Version) by BROODS, and several songs from Ariana Grande's latest album

So today is the weird time during the middle of the week called Wednesday (or if you like memes - 'hump day'). I've got quite a bit of homework that needs to be done and I really don't want to procrastinate but I think I've been due for a blog post for a couple of weeks now so I thought I'd share what was happening currently in my life. I did a post like this a while back (adapted from this post by the artistic and poetic Raych Pony Gold) and I love the easy list format of the post. It almost reminds me of those Scholastic Mad-Lib books my sister and I use to read in elementary school. Anyway, feel free to tell me what your up to this week in the comments! :]

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Autumn Tag // GENERAL

The Autumn Tag

Hey all, so I decided to take part in this tag because it was short and sweet and fit so well with the season. The last tag I did was pretty lengthy (it was The Liebster Award Tag which you can read HERE). I enjoyed this tag a lot after reading Gabrielle's answers on her blog - A Glass Of Ice (plus I have a ton of autumn-y photos saved on my computer just waiting for the interwebs).

With all the newness that comes with the fall season I've also been thinking a lot about change. Fundamental change - things with school, work, family, etc. Things feel like their moving in slightly different directions but I guess I'll just have to show up everyday and see how it all works out. Okay, enough of the intro - here's the tag: