The Comic Invention

Again, this isn’t really related to travelling, but Glasgow is a really interesting city and I love to talk about the events happening here.

On the recommendation of one of my lecturers, I went to see the Hunterian Art Gallery exhibition of original sketches from comic book artists. These were displayed alongside older examples of art which fit the definition of a graphic novel: widespread media with images and text depicting a story. These included illustrated Georgian Bibles and Victorian panels, like William Hogarth’s “A Harlot’s Progress.”

The exhibition also features pop art work. Roy Lichtenstein’s painting “In the Car” is featured. The poster for the exhibition is a fun modern take on it!

 

I really enjoyed it because I got the chance to see the original artwork for “Maus” a graphic novel by Art Spiegelman. It was one of the texts I studied last semester for comparative literature, and I think it had the most effect on me when I was reading it. It is about Spiegelman’s father and his harrowing experiences during the Holocaust.

I know that was a pretty short post, but it’s definitely something to look out for if you’re in Glasgow!

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General Update!

Hi again! It’s been far too long since I last posted, so I’m just going to keep you updated about what I’ve been doing since Christmas. Although I haven’t done any travelling since December, I still have a few interesting things to blog about.

Since I couldn’t go to Germany to see the fantastic Cologne Carnival, I went to my university’s mini version! All I can really say is that it involved plenty of beer, pretzels and German schlager music.Β I had a great time, despite it being a missed opportunity to practise my language skills.

 

Something you might not know about me is that I love Jane Austen novels. This obsession certainly reached a peak recently, because I’m now involved in the Glasgow University Jane Austen Society. One of their latest events was a group cinema trip to see “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”Although I had very low expectations to begin with, I think it was so crazy it worked! There was just enough zombie action to appeal to people who like that genre, and adequate regency romance for a group of Jane Austen fangirls to enjoy it. Our society members seemed to either love or hate it, but I think it’s worth watching if you’re not planning on taking it too seriously! In our discussion of the film afterwards, we agreed that it wasn’t the zombies which really made it funny – it was simply the free reign with the plot. Austen had originally intended “Pride and Prejudice” to be a comedy after all!

You can probably tell from the number of exclamation marks in this post, that I’m really getting into university life. I know I complain about it all the time, but I truly love my course and I can’t imagine this happening any other way. This semester has gone far too quickly, I honestly can’t believe I only have a few weeks left of first year. But I am really looking forward to the summer, because I might be attending a month-long language course in Italy!

I’m sorry if this hasn’t been a particularly interesting post, but I’m trying to get back into blogging after nothing for three months, and I promise I will have some entertaining stories the next time I post!