Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Section V


Parallel: Pekar gets fired again because he horses around instead of doing his job properly, much like he did with all of his past jobs.

Contrast: After he was laid off from the brewery that he worked at, Pekar says,"I had a reaction then I had never had before. i got to feeling real dependant." Now that he had a girlfriend he did not feel alone and discouraged when he failed. In fact the next panel shows him proposing to what would be his wife.


Contrast: After he starts working for the government, he starts reading comics. Since he hates the superhero ones, he decided to write his own instead, this being the first thing he does not quit unlike all of his past endeavors.

Parallel: Him getting fired from his job because he was making fun of his boss. This is a lot like his other firings in which he is shown doing something stupid or silly that leads to his firing.

2. Images: I like the pictures in which the shadows or the colors depict the mood. When there is a shadow, usually shown when he is smug after beating someone up, or depressed about something, there are shadows covering the majority of his body in the panel. They attract my attention because they sit his mood and how he feels about the situation, as it is a graphic novel. When he is happy or when the mood of the panel is good, it is often a light color with very few shadows. Close up shots are shown when the expression of the person is important in the panel. Pekar has a couple of panels where it just shows a facial expression of his to get his mood across to the reader through the picture. There are some low angle moments, after he beats people up, to show his authority. Distance shots are used when a large scale event is occurring, such as having a lot of people in his frame or when a lot of dialogue occurs in one frame, such as when he debates with someone about McCarthy.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Section II


Contrast: Played Sports in Middle School to keep his morale up, bit he then quit sports in high school because he was getting depressed by them.

Parallel: Constant obsession with things, whether it be his image, memorization of statistics, or his athleticism, he is obsessive compulsive over everything in his life.


Parallel: The faces on the bottom panels of pgs. 32 and 33 show him wearing the same facial expression with his younger and older self.

Contrast: When he was little, he liked his parents' grocery store, but in High School it shows him covered by the shadow of the ceiling  as he thinks to himself about leaving the store for another job.

1. Frames: All the frames are, for the most part, rectangular. The average number of panels is about 4 to 5. Large panels usually show more wide scaled events are events of major importance that require the use of a large frame to visualize. Smaller frames are usually less important or just contain small dialogue, and/or thought rectangles at the top of the panel. Each page usually has one topic or event occurring on it. If Pekar has to explain a lot, he uses a bunch of small frames to express more words and dialogue, where if the drawing is all that is needed, like an all out brawl between him and other people he had to fight he will show very little if any dialogue accompanied with a thought at the top of the panel, and finally a very large picture. If I were to place chapters, I would do it after each time stage in his life: elementary, middle school, high school, college, etc....
Section I


Contrast: Minorities and treatment of each other; Jewish-Italians treated each other fairly while Pekar was bullied and attacked by Black kids after they moved into the same neighborhood as him.

Parallel: Started out in Jewish-Italian neighborhood, and then after the Blacks had moved into the area, Pekar moved back into a Jewish-Italian neighborhood.


Parallel: Shadows drawn on Pekar when he is violent, secretive, deceptive, or just plain smug.

Contrast: Gets beaten in his old neighborhood, while he dishes out the beatings in his new one.

3. Words: Pekar uses a rectangular text box when he is narrating or showing a thought from a 3rd person perspective. When someone is talking he shows a round speech bubble with the tip pointing to the speaker. Sometimes when he is in thought it will show a speech bubble but have these round carvings on the edge of it. On pg.11 Pekar is talking to himself and is visually going back and forth and literally saying contradicting thoughts coming out of his head, as he says ,"but.......on the other hand.....but...."
Section IV


Contrast: When Harvey first meets the teachers at the school he is working for during the summer, he looks happy. His face is drawn normally, as in it shows the same color all the way through. When he hears the summer boss lecturing about how they shouldn't be writing articles for jazz magazines, Pekar's face is covered by a shadow as he knows something fishy occurred.

Parallel: It looks like he's wearing the same jacket when he is giving a kid his basketball, as the one when he hitchhiked to New York City.


Contrast: Harvey thought school, especially geography was going to be easy for him. He was very happy and confident, but after getting a C+ on a test, he was so emotionally shattered that he quit college because he could not drop the class.

Parallel: When Harvey beats the guy up in the church parking lot, it is similar to his past days, even though now he considered himself to be an intellectual, there is still that past fighter in him and it never really went away.

4. So far Harvey thinks of himself as an intellectual and not a fighter anymore, like he was as a high school kid. He starts reading a lot of books and listening to jazz. He writes an article for a well known jazz magazine and works during the summer. Even though he seems like he has changed, when he cut off a driver with his car, he had a fight with him in a church parking lot. Harvey feels good about beating the guy up, just like how he enjoyed fighting when he was a high schooler. This is a reason to believe that while on the outside he may have seemed to change, deep down he is still the same kid. Harvey's identity is pretty spontaneous and up for grabs. Every section of reading he seems to change, from being a man beating jock, to a more calm and softer intellectual. I don't really believe in fate or that it shapes your identity, and Harvey's personality changes are spontaneous, but they shape according to his surroundings. When he was in high school, being the "tough" guy was considered cool and that is what he did. In the end his personality changed based on or had some change from his surroundings.

Friday, October 25, 2013

These pictures show the women that the male
protagonist of each film fell for. They both use their attractiveness to infatuate the two men. The
shots are very similar as both are staring directly at their faces. Both have blonde hair and lipstick. They are also both heavily clothed in the respective scenes. Also both shots are a first person perspective or how the male character sees them face to face. Its a close ranged shot with no angles involved.
Ssection III

Contrast: Timid in front of girls in high school, but in college he goes on dates with a couple of women.

Parallel: The hug his mom gives him when he decides to go to college, and the same hug is shown when he tells her he's hitchhiking to New York, showing she loves him the same way, no matter what he does as long as he can enjoy doing it.


Contrast: He thinks he will fail college in the beginning, but when he actually goes to his college classes, he succeeds and becomes happier than before.

Parallel: The face he makes when he gets into trouble while working at the railway and when he thinks about failing science and math in college.

5. Fate vs Free Will:

Pekar is a huge endorsement of free will as whatever he does in the story, happens because of him and his actions. Whether it be falling in love with jazz or going to college, they were all decisions that Pekar had to make for them to happen. At the same time, every time he quits something, it is not fate, it is his own choice to quit it, whether it be sports or a high school math class, his choice was made by himself.
I think that he molds himself into the likes of his environment as he himself is pretty insecure so wants to do his best to fit in and get along with at least one group of people.