# 8 DC Comics

12 Apr

After watching the documentary of The Secret Origin: The story of DC comics I was amazed by how it all started. Entrepreneur Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson founded DC Comics, Inc in 1935. Originally founded as the National Allied Publications, in 1936 the title officially changed to Detective Comics in 1977. Wheeler-Nicholson took magazine owner and distributor Harry Donenfeld as his partner to publish the 1st issue of Detective comics.

The documentary explains the start of DC Comics and the drastic changed the company went through since it started. The comics undergo several different periods of DC’s history: the Golden, silver, bronze and Modern era.

At the time of the Golden age, National Allied Publications emerged with Detective Comics Inc. to structure National Comics. The period began in 1938 and ended in the mid 50’s. Throughout this era comics became more popular in the American culture. Famous heroes made their appearances in during this time like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Comics then were blamed for a rise in juvenile crime. During the Silver age, Flash, was introduced. The Silver age took over through the late 50’s and 1970. At this time the Comics Code Authority was created generating the new start of the silver era. Following the silver age came the Bronze Age that started in the early 70’s to the mid 80’s. A younger generation of editors and creators took over the industry aiming at a smaller targeted audience of fans. The comics became more diverted and ranged. The modern age produced a dark side to Batman, making it more accepted for adult fans to read. In 1989, DC comics became a subsidiary of Time Warner.

My favorite super hero is Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston. She was the first female hero to be introduced. Wonder Woman became a role model for females. She proved to the world that females could be super heroes as well and they that they can rule the world. She gave her female fans something to believe in and look up too. Wonder Woman gave females a voice by standing out and fighting villains with her super power and revealing costume.

Image originally from : http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/8/84/DC_Universe.jpg

Work cited :
Dean, Nick. “SECRET ORIGIN: THE STORY OF DC COMICS.” Skyscraper Magazine. 27 April 2011: 1. Web. 11 Apr. 2012. <http://www.skyscrapermagazine.com/film-video/secret-origin-story-of-dc-comics-dvd&gt;.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DCComics

 

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#7 Compare and Contrast

5 Apr

Both Pride and Prejudice and The Piano are classic love stories. Both convey society and expresses true love at the same time.  The music in both of the films plays a strong role in setting the mood and feeling. Both movies have a lot of gazing and romanticizing. Both of the main characters, Elizabeth and Ada, are very strong women for their time. Both of the women overcome several blocks until they finally find true love. Both could be categorized as the rebels of their times.

The movie Pride and prejudice uses strong language to get the point across to the audience to set the scene. The characters express themselves by using words and dialogue.  In order to understand the scene focusing on the dialogue is important.Pride and prejudice shows how social manipulation shape the clashes in their society.  Society views a women’s reputation as one of the most important things. The verbal language in the movie plays a greater role than the visual. In most scenes the camera closes up to Darcy and Elizabeth making the audience feel the passion and sense the spark between the two.

In the movie The Piano Imagery plays a strong role. The movie commences a strong imagery to the audience that shows more emotions than the Pride and Prejudice.  From viewing the images and scenes of the movie, the audience observe the strong dramatic imagery that tells the story. The main character Ada expresses herself through the piano. The visual in the movie plays a stronger role than the verbal. The body language in the movie expresses the thoughts of the characters and allows the audience to feel apart of the scene.

#6 Textile Museum

7 Mar

After going to the textile museum for the first time, I was fascinated by the exhibition of Dragons, Nagas, and creatures of the deep.  Most of the textiles included the famous Chinese dragon symbol. The Chinese dragon is a mythological symbol that was believed to protect a person from evil spirits. The dragon dates back to 3000 BC appearing during the Yin and Shang dynasties, embedding itself into the Chinese culture. The dragon symbolizes power, excellence, nobility, divinity and good fortune. Chinese people proclaim that they are descendents of the dragon. Chinese people present great respect towards the symbol of the dragon. The symbol is portrayed in many pictures and writings becoming the symbol of the Chinese nation.

From the Han dynasty and on, dragons symbolized different things based on their colors. Their colors were often red or gold, turquoise or white. There are nine main types of dragons. The horned dragon, the winged dragon, the celestial dragon (shields the mansions of the gods), the spiritual dragon (produce wind and rain to help the people), the dragon of hidden treasures (protects concealed wealth), the coiling dragon (lives in water), and the yellow dragon (which once appeared from water and gave the Emperor Fu Shi the elements of writing). The ninth dragon, is considered the dragon king that consists of four separate dragons, each rules one of the four seas (east, south, west and north).

Image originally from: http://www.asianartnewspaper.com/article/year-of-the-dragon

Julie, Lawson. “Celestial Chinese Dragon.” Crystal Dragon of Taiwan. 26 Nov. 2010: n. page. Web. 6 Mar. 2012. <http://www.cdot.org/history/dragon_articles.htm>.

“Chinese Dragon.” Beijing service. n.d. n. page. Web. 6 Mar. 2012. <http://www.beijingservice.com/beijinghighlights/chinesedragon.htm&gt;.

 

#5 The Newseum

2 Mar

The Newseum is one of the most interesting Museum I have ever been to in my life. The idea of a modern interactive museum filled with real displays of tragic historic events is mind blowing. I have been to the Newseum three times so far, and every time I go again there are new exhibitions. A really interesting exhibition that I have seen earlier from my first visit to the Newseum was the exhibit of Hurricane Katrina. The exhibit had pictures and news reporting videos of the disaster. It showed how this terrible natural disaster destroyed New Orleans and left people with absolutely nothing.

One of my personal favorites was the Berlin Wall Gallery that displays the blocks of the actual Berlin Wall. The Berlin wall separated east and West Germany like a barrier. What makes the Berlin wall significant is the expressive art that stands out on the gray concrete block. The art that covers the Berlin wall is filled with thoughts of interpretations of life and visions that the people saw. The wall was a huge canvas that everyone painted on.  The graffiti on the walls expresses a story of how a closed and oppressive society felt, living behind a wall. The significance of the wall is what it meant or still means to the people of Germany.

Another eye catching exhibit was the “Capture the Moment: Pulitzer Prize Photographs”.  John Filo’s Pulitzer photo of the Kent State shootings gave me chills. The photograph shows a female student, Mary Ann Vecchio, kneeling down on her knees screaming over the dead body of Jeffrey Miller who was shot. The student was shot after participating at the Kent State University demonstration. The photograph reminded me on the demonstrations that have happened in the past year during the Arab Spring. The youth always stand up and speak up for change.The image symbolizes the political separation that affected the USA during the Vietnam War era. The students at that time wanted the Vietnam War to end. So they stood up for what they believed for and started an anti-war rally. The photo portrays the youth of that era simply seeking peace and an end to the war that has impacted their lives and has left them devastated.

Image originally from http://www.flickr.com/photos/nostri-imago/4427918003/

#4

23 Feb


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#3

16 Feb

    The Pearl roundabout , which was located in the Middle Eastern island of Bahrain, was a cultural, historical and artistic monument to the island. The roundabout was located in the Financial District at the heart of the city’s capital, Manama.
The monument stood at the center of the circle. It consisted of six sails that held the pearl to the sky. The six sails represented the six member nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council, while the pearl symbolized Bahrain’s rich heritage and history of pearl diving. The monument was built in 1982, after the third summit of the GCC was hosted in Bahrain for the first time.
Last year on February  14, 2011 an uprising took place at the Pearl roundabout. It became the site of the demonstrations. The media compared it to Tahrir square in Cairo, the main site of the Egyptian revolution. The opposition camped out in the circle and demanded change and a new regime. The opposition stayed there for about a month, marking the circle as the site of the crack down. The opposition stayed there and continued fighting against the government, while blocking roads and leading the country to chaos. The riot police on the other hand tried to clear out the area and keep the country safe.
On March 18, 2011 the Bahraini Defense Force demolished the Pearl roundabout. The island was now under martial law. No illegal gatherings and protesting was allowed. The site of the roundabout was turned into a junction with traffic lights, but it’s still surrounded by the army and is not in use.
The Pearl roundabout represented many things to different Bahrainis. For some is symbolized freedom, unity, hope and change. For others it simply symbolized a monument of Bahrain’s rich heritage. The new generation of Bahraini’s will never get to see the monument that was once very meaningful to many Bahraini’s. This monument represented the Arab spring that played a role in Bahrain’s crackdown.

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