The Colossus Crawls West

The acquisition of knowledge is not progression from point A to point B. There in fact, is no point B. The Colossus crawls ever westward, overlapping its own footprints, making new impressions in the Earth.

Literary Gerrymandering: Expanding Canons by Recognizing the Autonomy of the Graphic Narrative

I thought I might put the essay portion of my multi-genre project up in case anyone had an abundance of time and hated themselves enough to want to read it. … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Brief List of a Few of My Favorite Graphic Novels, For Those Interested.

Watchmen: Alan Moore + Dave Gibbons Genre: Post Modernist response to the Superhero genre (and the culture of the 80s) Synopsis: 1985. Nixon is still president and the Cold War … Continue reading

April 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Shadow of the Colossus/ I Kill Giants: A Letter to Seniors in the English Department

We as English majors are a species which seems to be categorized by our strange habits (reading for fun and profit, throwing books then apologizing to them), our peculiar eating … Continue reading

April 14, 2013 · 3 Comments

Writing Memory as Fact: An Examination of the Truth and Recollection in Memoirs

Chris Ware’s graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth features a cutout which can be used to build the title character’s childhood home. Of this recreation, the author states: “It … Continue reading

April 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

What the Hell is a “Graphic Memoir?”

We have a problem. Admittedly the problem is largely our own faults, but it is still a problem nonetheless. You see, we want to read comics; I mean we want … Continue reading

April 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Concrete Jungle Book: Characterization of Space in Brandon Graham’s “King City”

In the first pages of King City, we are introduced to the main character Joe and his magical cat, as they break into a vault deep underground. Our journey follows … Continue reading

April 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Countdown: The Representation of Time Through Dave Gibbons’ Art in “Watchmen”

When Watchmen is discussed, it is usually attributed primarily to its author Alan Moore, who also wrote other popular works such as From Hell or V For Vendetta. The art … Continue reading

April 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Introduction to a Visual Society

It may have been largely unthinkable at certain points in time for any written work featuring accompanying pictures to be taken seriously on a massive scale. News stories have long … Continue reading

April 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Media Translator Grudge Match Fallacy

When we discuss translation, the question often arises concerning differences in dialect; there is often a tendency for things to get lost in translation. The issue then is whether to … Continue reading

March 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Expanding Universe Theory Denial (Long Blog Post 2: Also awesome band name)

In my science fiction class, as is often the case, the most stimulating conversation came from ignoring almost everything that was going on. I began to talk to a girl … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Theories of Criticism

As a transfer student my first literature class at Eastern was ENGL 300W: Writing About Literature. Our main textbook for the course was The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, a white, … Continue reading

March 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Ghosts in the Courtyard

The Turn of the Screw is a novella by Henry James about a Governess who becomes convinced that the ghosts of former employees are haunting the children in her care. It … Continue reading

February 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Total Recall

“What if Reality (as perceived) were simply an extension of the self?” In Asterios Polyp, David Mazzucchelli’s narrator (the theoretical adult form of the title character’s stillborn twin) begins the story … Continue reading

February 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

All Hail Zoidberg, the King With the Box

“The practice of close reading is tacitly viewed by many literary scholars as the mark of their tribe- as what sets them apart, in the last instance, from their like-minded colleagues in … Continue reading

January 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Colossus Crawls West

It’s too late now she’s got me dreaming Without you there is no truth according to me Inside and around me tears got me drinking Without you there is no … Continue reading

January 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

Jamel Colvin
Language, Literature, and Writing Major at Eastern Michigan University.
Student of literary theory, psychology, and culture. Strong beer, strong coffee, and 4 gigs of research.


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