Hey guys, my pecha kucha is going to be based on how mermaids are viewed as glamorous and beautiful as well as sex symbols in Sailor Twain and some other mythical stories.
In my personal opinion violent fiction is totally necessary in today’s society. By violent fiction though, I don’t mean violent video games or things of that nature but books, movies, documentaries and something that can actually open your eyes to whats really going on. Yeah, violent movies aren’t really the best of movies to put out there, but it all depends on the audience who watches it. If you’re mature enough to understand the concept then good for you, if not then you shouldn’t have watched said movie in the first place. Alienating people just because they ‘watch’ these works and act on it doesn’t mean that they are less human than we are. Ellis states that “We make them Other, and we just distance ourselves. They are Other, and they didn’t come from us, and we’re just going to stand over there and shake our heads sadly.” They are just like us, they just have they’re own problems that they couldn’t deal with and well exploded. People push away and ignore whats really in front of them and they ask why it happened. Even Ellis says “We hear it every time: “I don’t understand.”” it’s like people ignore the facts about how things really happened just to soften the punch of the tragedy. Violent Fiction shouldn’t be ignored, its important to have these kinds of things around. We need to read about it, even if it is fake, to see why its happening, yet people are so against works of that nature being published. One thing that I agree with Ellis is when he said that “… it’s fine for our television news providers…to hammer us with this crap and then insist that it must be witnessed — but that no one can or should ever hope to understand it.” In my mind, I’m like “why do you want me to watch it but then tell me not to worry about it and go on with my regular life?” I want to understand what’s going on, but the government won’t give us enough insight to really see the real truth. Everything ends up hidden behind lies and secrecy.
Ellis, Warren. “Blood in Your Eye: Why We Need Violent Stories.” Vulture. New York Media, 14 August 2003. Web. 3 October 2013.
After completely reading Ex Machina twice, because frankly the first time confused me, I came to my own personal conclusion that it wasn’t as interesting as I thought it would be. The flashing back and forth had me lost the first time I read it, and I never really understood Kremlins role. Was he the father figure or more of a creator? I thought based on the first page with the picture of Mitchell and the plane, that Ex Machina would be more about the 9/11 tragedy than anything else but it was more about random crimes than 9/11 itself. Having to read the comic twice, I’m still fuzzy on how he got to have all these powers, and what the green box is. I found that the whole comic was a bit disorganized and confusing. Especially after reading Fables which I thought was more interesting than Ex Machina, especially since Fables was more organized and clearly stated than Ex Machina. One part of the comic that left me a bit more confused than the rest were the two ‘criminals’. Trista the artist of Abraham Lincoln the Nigger destroys her own painting, and then some young “kid” was the killer of the two drivers? I felt like it should have been the same person and in all honesty I was rooting for Kremlin to be the criminal. Everything that Mitchell and Bradbury stated that basically pinned him to the crimes made sense in my mind so I definitely thought it would be Kremlin. None of this comic made sense to me, I really need someone to explain this whole shenanigan to me further.
In chapter one on page 27, it illustrates the bloody crime scene where Rose Red, Snow Whites sister, was supposedly murdered. The crime scene was set up in a way that made us readers think that something terrible had happened, but had small details that show that the crime could have been staged. The placement of Rose Red’s furniture, the blood and the message on the wall all made Bigby suspicious of someone from Fables being guilty. Based on Bigby’s investigation, he realizes that certain items in the home were placed instead of trashed. Not everything was broken the way it should have when it fell on the floor, and many items were still intact and not splattered with blood the way everything else in Rose Reds living room was. One dead giveaway to Bigby that the crime was staged was the fact that there were no footprints or the fact that Jack stated that he looked everywhere for Rose Red once he discovered the bloody apartment and none of his footprints were visible either. He also notices that the lamp was full of blood which was dropped on the floor, but the lamp wasn’t broken. After Bigby investigated Rose Reds apartment he recreated the crime scene in an apartment in the floor under hers, which in real life would be a smart thing to do so that the original scene would not be disturbed, police use 3D surfaces and immersive 360 degree images to recreate crime scenes. The use of violence in Fables during the bloody crime scene although not shown shows the flaws in the plan of the ‘murderer’ and the real details of the crime are presented to the jury in real life but to the citizens of Fables in the comic. In real life, the detective would show his results of the crime scene to a courtroom with a jury and witnesses, but in Fables, Bigby reveals his findings to everyone after the Rememberance date. Bill Willingham uses Bigby as the detective who used real life procedures and a very strong nose to solve the crime. All in all the use of violence was very well used in that the bloody crime was well done but not well enough to fool Bigby the great detective.
-Marilyn, Curtis & Paula