John Bultena's Essay 'Slouching Towards Bethlehem'

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03/19/17
Core Friday
03/17/17. John Bultena. But is it Comics? How comics can help students.
On this core Friday, Professor John Bultena from the Merritt Writing Program gave a lecture about comics. He doesn’t draw or write comics but he studied it for five years and been teaching about it. His goals for the lecture were to give an insight about what comics offer and the creation of behind it. There is more than enjoyment in comics and from visual information it can give a person deeper connection and understand through metaphor. Also in comics, there is always a question about how one panel goes to another, and the answer is always depending on the artist perception. John Bultena showed different styles of comic throughout the lecture but the first one he started out was with just a visual comic with no illustrations. This first one
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In her text, she talks about the changing California from when she was young to today. She stated, “It is hard to find California now, unsettling to wonder how much of it was merely imagined or improvised; melancholy to realize how much of anyone’s memory is no true memory to all but only the traces of someone else’s memory, stories handed down on the family network” (Didion, 177). In the comic, there were just images from someone’s perspective of changing place and from Didion’s essay, she also explained about the developing place and the memories from before to today. Not only this comic goes back to the essay from Joan Didion, but it can also tie with Professor Hothem a lecture about “Snapshots from the Literature of California”. He made a point about saying, “The language of place description is an excellent indicator of our attitudes toward the environment.” By just looking and observing a place or a comic, there are different perspectives and attitudes that are taken by

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