7/11/19 Julien Wilks · -WRTG400-B Graphic Novel “Batman Year One”
The photos that I chose to focus on are the graphic novel from DC Comics “Batman Year One” and I choose this because this comic is different from the other Batman comics because it shows how Bruce Wayne became the Batman and also showed how he wasn’t the best at doing being Batman, in fact, it showed his mistakes along the way. The reason why I want to focus on this because my teacher Drew showed to the class as an example for beginning our comics, and the idea was your characters have to start from point one and not the finished product. The idea was that you never can create the perfect character from the beginning and your character is going to go through a lot of changes until it gets to the final version and flushed out character background. I like this comic because it helped me personally a lot with not just with making a comic and making the original character that I had a lot of trouble before but also with improving my artwork in general. This book taught me something very simple but very game-changing for me and it was that you’re not going to create the perfect piece at first and it is okay to make mistakes so that way you become better over time until you get the final version that you want. I felt inspired by this because not only I learned this from a comic and my teacher but it helps me with my work and I saw the results of progress by going back t the first art projects I did for MIAD and revamped them into better versions of them. I want t do the same thing when it comes to comics because it inspired me to become an artist to a graphic designer and making comics as a hobby and I want my comics to encourage the public just like how it encourages me to become an artist. This graphic novel for any comic book artist who is starting with making comics and for artists as well who have trouble with improving their craft like myself.
My approach on this assignment was that I really had no direction to approach this photo essay even though we had read the readings about how to create one and learning what it's about, but when I was told that I could do any type of photo I went to automatically to comics and the most particular comic I wanted to talk about was the "Batman Year One" comic. My process for this assignment was to explain how the well know Batman wasn't perfect at his job of saving people or doing proper investigations, he made many mistakes on many things. He made mistakes on how to approach people with investigations, he made a mistake on saving the public and almost got people killed from his actions and he was close to choosing between killing a villain. The process of this work was to show how Batman wasn't perfect at what he did it took time and a lot of effort and progress to get to the point where he is right now. He had to learn from his mistakes and learn to accept those mistakes and learn how to never to make them again until he improved what he does which saving the people and not putting not only his life but their lives in danger and also making good deductions when it came to his investigations.
My connections with this graphic novel and it's messaged was that everyone is not perfect and you will not be able to get to that final version of yourself without effort, progress and failed attempts. I found this very inspiring because before I was always trying to create the final version of my work without making a process of failed attempts, I would always try to make it perfect and when it came to it being critique and not get any good or helpful responses to it I felt like I had failed not the project but myself because I couldn't achieve the goal I wanted. But after reading this graphic novel showing a fictional character who well known by pretty much everybody and showing that he wasn't that great on being the Batman and that he practices religiously until he became the way he was it was inspiring. My comic book teacher told the class and me about it's OK to make mistake and learn to use references in life to help and improve your craft because you can't the perfect product without some failed attempts which that helped me a lot because my one problem was that I didn't want to fail and I wanted the perfect version of my artwork already, and now I'm always prepared to re-finalized my work all the time until it becomes the version I want it to be.