Punk Is Not Dead

I think it’s unique to see Marjane’s true personality really come out. I don’t really think she was the kind of Iranian girl to walk around in a vest that says, “Punk is not dead”. But as I watched the movie it looked as if she was doing a lot of small things to rebel. I must say Marjane is a very strong girl for going through what she had gone through at such a young age. Having gone through a revolution and a war are not small things to overcome especially with her being so young she really didn’t know what was going on. However she was a very smart girl. Marjane’s parents played a big role as well; although her parents just wanted the best for her they sent her off to France to get away from the ugliness that was going on in Iran. And it was obvious Marjane didn’t fit in with the normal social groups she seemed t just cling to a group that didn’t mind her presence. I feel like Marjane’s life or the way she is forced to live in Iran is pretty crazy given the fact that women have to wear veils. While they where these veils Iranian guards give the women hard times scream at them to ” fix your head scarf sister”. This movie really opened my eyes to see how different other countries really are. I mean everyone has an idea but until you have experienced it first hand then you really don’t know. I think that Marjane is a very strong independent girl and woman and she demonstrates it through a lot of her actions through out the book and movie.


Living Through the Persepolis


After reading and watching ‘The Complete Persepolis’, it got me thinking about Marjane’s childhood and how she grew up compared to mine. Marjane grew up through the Iran revolution that involved many demonstrations with people shouting that her family was even involved in. Sometimes the soldiers even shot at the crowds of people. All these demonstrations continued and many people died. In the movie and book, it is shown at one point the Satrapi family waking up to gun shootings and bombings in their town. I’m reading this book and cannot even fathom how Marjane Satrapi grew up like this. I wake up everyday with thought of no danger around me, which I am more than grateful for. I understand this happened quite a bit ago; it’s just crazy to think about. Although Marjane’s life was filled with so many historical events, she did live a life that could be compared similar to you or me. She traveled and went to school and learned many things. Marjane fell in love and was even cheated on. Marjane married and divorced. Also in the movie, there is quite an emphasis on how much marijuana that was smoked around Marjane, which is a mixed-opinion subject here. What I’m trying to get at is that ‘The Complete Persepolis’ is a book written about the main character’s life experience throughout the Iran revolution. Her life was crazy and exciting just like you and me (added with many killings in her neighborhood as a young girl because of the revolution). I enjoyed the book and movie but as she becomes older, I’m just reminded that across the world she isn’t much different from me here in Texas or maybe somebody in Australia. The Persepolis shows the people fighting for what is right just like the American’s had done. (Page 26-32)

Childhood Brain Squalls

http://tomorrowsgenius.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/keeping-your-child-organized/ When I was very young, I enjoyed writing just as I do now. However, I had no writing process. I would receive the topic for my paper. Then, I would sit for an unnecessary amount of time thinking of what to write and write my paper all the way through. I never had any plans to perform any revisions. A simple editing process would be all I would use to finish my paper. Even though I had little to no writing process, I found that I did well on most of my papers anyway. I always felt that as soon as I started revising items in my paper, I would dilute my ideas and they wouldn’t have as much impact. It seemed to me that the first ideas that came out on paper or computer were my best. So, I continued for years using the same writing style of just writing out everything start to finish. I realized that this worked in high school, but when I made it to college, the amount of pages I was required to write for papers increased dramatically. My process didn’t work anymore. The length of the papers required much more expansion on my ideas. I also learned that I needed all the ideas my brain could generate. I finally started using pre-writing processes such as written brainstorms and outlines. Of course, to my surprise, it became much easier to write my papers. Although, I had never used an outline much before, I found the act of writing my ideas on paper and then looking at them sparked so many more ideas and ways to word my phrases. Now I understand that using my strategy in combination with a normal writing strategy helps me the best. Outlining and brainstorming first allow me to get a larger number of ideas into my work. However, I still make sure not to revise to the point where I lose the power of my words.

Liberties We Take for Granted

Figure drawing classroom at the University of North Texas

Figure drawing classroom at the University of North Texas


There are an extraordinary amount of social and political liberties that we take for granted in our everyday lives. Throughout Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi lives a life on the opposite spectrum, regarding authoritative rule, in her country on Iran and her autobiographical novel really opened my mind to that particular lifestyle. She is forced to assimilate into traditionalist values by living in constant fear of being arrested if she does not comply with regulations of dress and values.

The portion of the book I identified the most with was the when Marjane was in art school. As a visual communications student myself, I personally live in a world where I am not bond to strict regulations of my government and I can draw what I please. A central component to basic drawing classes in numerous art schools is nudes. People’s forms and body shapes are masked under clothing, and drawing nudes allows students to acquire skill of drawing the human body with anatomical correctness. Marjane was not allowed to draw nudes in her school, but rather drew veiled women, which did not expose the form of the individual’s body. Marjane and her friends drew each other in the confines of their own houses, where they were not under the constant threat of detainment if they were not in accordance to various social requirements.

When walking down the street, Marjane had to continuously think about whether or not her physical deposition would get her arrested. She had to manage her pants length, whether or not her veil was worn properly, the amount of make-up she was wearing, and various other things. Frivolous behaviors such as drinking alcohol, playing cards, dancing were banned. Marjane and her male counterparts were separated in school and unmarried couples could not live together or show their affection in public. I could not imagine living my own life in such circumstances. I tried to picture myself amongst Marjane and I simply could not imagine living in a healthy cognitive state because I am used to social and political freedom.

I live in a world where I can wear whatever attire I desire, as long as it’s not too obscene. I can actively protest and walk down a street without the threat of being arrested. I can play cards, dance, and display affection openly. I can draw nudes and be part of a class with both males and females. Often I take these notions for granted.


Knowledge Is Power

A light in the dark

After reading Persepolis i had the urge to grab a box of crayons and go to work on coloring the whole book. But then i realized that not only would that be a waste of time but it would destroy the solemnity of the book. By not adding color the author was able to keep focus on what was important – the text – and not having to much focus stray to the illustrations.

Adding color to this memoir-comic-strip would have greatly changed the mood throughout the book, keeping it black and white gave it a feeling of a memory that couldn’t be retrieved. With all the violence being depicted throughout the book from: battles, explosions, riots, and deaths. All the added red would have turned this memoir-comic-strip to a parody of the graphic novel Sin City, which to me, would have ruined the book.

I feel by keeping it black and white she was able to accomplish the sense of solitude she was feeling at times. By executing all black or all white backgrounds she was able to change the mood without taking your focus of the text to the pictures. The non existent of color seemed to make the story and the drawings flow smoothly, so for a non comic fan, it made this one a much better read.

And it makes me wonder if this was the purpose the author intended; to write a book that appealed to kids, that was simple to read, and would provide knowledge and history. Just like her favorite comic she read as a child entitled “Dialectic Materialism.”

Transition Into Adulthood

After reading this comic, I found it interesting how Mariane made things work for her at home after being held back from doing the things she had done before the Islamic revolution. Towards the beginning of the book, Mariane was a young girl and didn’t understand some of the changes that took place around her. Her parents accepted those changes but Mariane didn’t. She often questioned and defied those changes and chose not to accept them. This foreshadows which qualities will follow Mariane later on in the book. As she grew older, she moved to Venice and gained an enormous amount of freedom. Seeing what the western culture was really like made it hard for her to fit in easily. After getting cheated on by her boyfriend, she questioned her purpose and sought to find it back home. From then on out, her life seems to be relatively better and she transitions from a feeble-minded child to an adult and eventually gets married.
After seeing Mariane’s transition into adulthood after she came back home makes me wonder when the transition into adulthood will settle in. For me, I believe I can fully call myself an adult as soon as I start paying the bills for my apartment/house, car, etc. Being an adult, to me, is when I can live on my own and not have to depend on my parents to support me. There are always some pros and cons of living on your own. Since this is a “discussion” with the class, I want to know what you guys think the meaning of adulthood is. So what do you guys think? Does being an adult mean you move out of your house? Does adulthood mean getting a license? I want to know what adulthood is for you.

Comics Defined


When we think of the word comic what usually comes to mind is images of superheroes with super powers swooping in a saving the day frame by frame along with some very and not so very witty dialogue. We also think of only certain groups of people reading them. However, this comic was very different. It didn’t contain any of the mentioned above. What it did contain redefined the word “comic”.
This comic was very interesting to say the least. It’s a comic talking about what comics are. I personally think that defining it in such a manner was a stroke of genius. It starts out like an essay only the opposite way. It starts with a very narrow definition of what he thought a comic was. As it gets further into the story the definition gets a little more broad and narrowed back down. It goes over everything that a comic can be defined as from “sequential art” to “juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence” and everything in between. Towards the end of the reading it came down to “juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence intended to convey information and/or produce an aesthetic response from the viewer”.
After reading everything in the pages assigned I feel that this has completely change my view on comics. Superheroes with super powers are the the first thing that come to mind when I think of the word”comic”. I now think of images and dialogue working together in a moving sequence to tell a story. In a way it’s kind of like a movie. Overall I found this read to be very interesting and very enlightening.

Coming of Age



So far, I’m truly enjoying this comic. I find it extremely interesting to see how Marjane’s perspective of the world around her changes as she grows older. As she experiences and understands more and more of the Islamic revolution and she grows older her mindset changes several times.

In the very beginning of the story describes her perception of the veil that became obligatory to wear in 1980 for women. She explains that they “didn’t really like to wear the veil, especially since [they] didn’t understand why [they] had to.” Under this line the comic displays a picture of a bunch of young girls comically playing with their veils displaying a childish mindset and an overall sense of ignorance.

 As things in her life begin to change Marjane begins to show an interest as to why yet still presenting that childish nature. Marjane tells her parents “I want to come tomorrow! …To demonstrate on the street!” Her parents quickly explain to her that its extremely dangerous and turn her down done immediately yet throughout her argument for her right to demonstrate Marjane maintains a sense of childish wisdom, saying things like “For a revolution to succeed, the entire population must support it.” All the while, the comic’s pictures are displaying her as a stubborn child attempting to sound authoritative. I find it really interesting though that at such a young age she finds an interest in the revolution and want to be a part of it. I know I wasn’t interested in political matters at such a young age.

 However, after a while Marjane’s mind set begins to change even more. In “The Key,” the very first picture in the comic shows Marjane reading as newspaper regarding all the Martyrs who have died for their cause. Throughout this section of the book at the age of fourteen it seems to me that Marjane is less interested in spouting an opinion and is simply soaking in information regarding the subject and going on about her teenage business.

 I feel Marjane’s mind set will continue to change throughout the book as she gets older, learns more about the world around her, and begins to form a political opinion of her own.

Borders are the Problem!

Image             Over the years, immigration has increased tremendously and it has become one of the main focuses of America.Americans see immigrants as delinquents and people that come to take their jobs.Thus, ruling to separate millions of families, and sending them back to the place they were running away from in the first place. Many people think immigrants come to America justbecause, not realizing that their is a bigger reason as to why they immigrate. For example, many immigrate to America in hopes of finding a better job to provide for their family, something they simply did not have in their own country. Others come to America , a place where “dreams come true” in hopes of a better future, and some come running away from all the crime and political terrors. What America does not understand is that, they are all humans and they do not deserve to be threatened, or taken advantage of just because they are illegal.Like Arnold Schwarzenegger  I agree that “ we can have an immigration policy that both strengthens our borders and welcomes immigrants.” Immigrants are not the problem, our border patrol system is the problem. In fact it will cost us billions of dollars to deport every immigrant than to reinforce our borders. Immigrants now a days make millions of dollars for the country, they take jobs that other people wont take. They take what ever wage they are paid as long as they can provide food on the table. The homeless that actually have the legal right to work and live in America, are standing in a corner asking for  money, living under bridges and being lazy. In comparison to immigrants they ask for jobs, nothing else so why punish them? Arnold mentions “the presence of the citizens’ groups along our border is a reminder of the federal government’s failure to do its job,” and he is clearly right, its the government who needs to take action and put up more than just a wall. But the people are not the problem, therefor they should not pay the price for our governments failure to provide more security on our borders.

A deeper meaning


When I was a child, I was infatuated with comic books. I remember staying up all night, reading issues of Batman and Superman with my older cousin. I used comics to enter my own little world and to create crazy scenarios in my head. Of course I didn’t go into too much depth into the meaning of the comics, besides the fact that they made me happy and fueled my imagination.
Chute & DeKoven opened my eyes to the fact that comics are not just simple image and text. Comics are more complex than how we perceive them. The way how image and text complement each other to tell a story is fascinating and truly adds depth to the plot. Comics are much more descriptive than regular novels, because they give your mind more to expand on.
I have also come to realized how much comics influenced my morals. Superheroes are always performing selfless deeds for others, while at the same time now falling into the same positions as the villains they stop. Comics connect and relate to the reader, making them feel as if they’re inside the stories themselves. Chute & DeKoven have given me a new found respect for comics, and I can’t wait to pass my own issues down to my children in the future.

Worms-Eyed View

When I was younger having been the middle child of three girls, you could assume we would grow to be like our mother very ‘girly’. No one could have possibly predicted that our early age hobbies would included collecting pokemon cards, scanning through comic books and enjoying ”high risk sports”.  But at such young age we never really gave much thought to the meaning of comic books and different kinds of narratives. I simply liked it, i also never gave much thought to where it originated or how comics really affected society. The introduction to Chute & DeKoven’s Graphic Narrative is nothing more or less than an insight through comic narrative history and how it impacted society.

According to Chute and DeKoven, “The language of comics—that comprises the verbal, the visual, and the way these two representational modes interact on a page.” At first i didnt really understand this statement. Comic books are widely known being easy books as there is normally very little limited text to be read. So when it mentions that a comic compromises on the verbal and the visual, i was not sure i agreed. Sure you can look at a comic see superheroes at the scene of the action and know what is happening, but verbal or written word has little to do with the message a comic sketch has.

Then i thought i would not look at this as if I’m an adult analyzing a narrative rather than a child enjoying the adventures of a comic book. When i was young i remember seeing everything in a worms-eye view as i think most of us did, we believed what we saw. the text that we were reading was easy enough to read, but what was enchanting was the power of a single word on a page.With a single word our worms-eye imagination took over a visually and verbally set up an exiting story. Storytelling has become culturally and historically composed of verbal and visual images that have influenced people since their youths. And i now agree the importance of both elements. Since if you think back now those comic books such as spiderman, and the hulk never really left us as each person gee into adulthood. For example every few years you see another reboot of the superman, or spiderman franchise. And i for one always is eager to integrate myself in the 120 minutes of visual narrative.



When we were in pre-k we were taught the alphabet. We were too young to think about why we had to learn and sound out 26 letters repetitively. Now after reading Kress, he states that “words are empty with meaning”(1). Think about it for a second. Words are just a combination of the letters we were taught when were little. According to Kress, the reason we understand what a particular word mean is because it is “filled with meaning” due to our imagination.

It’s kind of like learning a new language. I’m sure most us had to learn some sort of second language at one point. You would walk into class not understanding what was being written on the white board. Eventually you would come to write essays in this new language. So where did we have to start? Usually it’s with the alphabet and from there the vowels or any symbols that language has. Then we continue with nouns, verbs, and then adjectives. The process of learning a language and all its rules is a long and arduous. In the end we come to acknowledge this new language and we put meaning to the once unfamiliar words on the white board. I didn’t like Spanish that much.

It kind of interesting to think about words as a bunch of symbols combined rather than a word by the way we define it. How hard would it be to create a new language? Pretty hard I suppose. You would probably have to start with alphabet and assign sounds to each symbol, but if you can do it, then that’s just one more language to add on to your resume.