This Chatterbooks activity pack takes a Anime look at comic books and cartoons – and lots of other graphic ways of telling stories. So as big comics-based movies feel increasingly indebted to their source material and/or parent companies, Marvel and other studios shouldn’t forget how idiosyncratic those sources can be. The formal stylizations of many comic books aren’t just noticeable but often personal, based on the whims of their writers and artists; the same should be true of their film equivalents, especially when adding elements, like music, that the source materials can’t realistically provide.
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Still, to be fair, stories of mistreatment of assistants can be found in the comic industry. The lian huan hua (literally: linked images) started to circulate in Shanghai in the 1920s, when publishers began to use new printing techniques and lithography for illustrated periodicals and books. Among the Chinese comic books collection, apart from the lian huan hua, we find some interesting illustrated titles which were mass-produced in the 1960s and were created especially for children’s education and entertainment. Sanchez has also told this story through the band’s music, with each album they’ve released matching a volume of the comic in both title and theme.
The launch of Wolf comes in a tumultuous month for American comics, from the always-fraught onslaught of San Diego Comic-Con announcements to the much- criticised handling of race issues in Strange Fruit #1 and an apology for transphobic tropes in Airboy #2 While many comic creators have chosen to stay silent on such issues, retreating to a defensive stance of Team Comics”, Kot has been as outspoken as ever.
Though some of the other music choices in Snyder’s film are on-the-nose both thematically and as adaptation (taking cues directly from the comic), at least they exist in a world where rock music and comic books can intersect more meaningfully, where music can actually push or pull a sequence of images along, rather than providing 15 or 20 seconds of cursory mood-setting or generic noise.