PechaKucha Proposal

I will be doing my PechaKucha based on pirates and sailors that mistook manatees for mermaids and also some general history of the mermaids.

Stacey Gonzalez


Violence in Stories and the Real World

I originally disagreed with Warren Ellis’s own explanation of  “Why we need Violent Stories.” However, after reading the article at least three times I took sides with Ellis due to realizing that we do need violent stories and no, not to learn how to kill but to learn from them. People that disagree would Ellis would probably say we’re just making America worst. However, if you don’t use violence in stories, it won’t be realistic. Let’s face it, violence exists and there’s nothing we can do to change that so we shouldn’t be trapped in a bubble trying to make it seem like violence will just go away.

In the article, Ellis says ” violent fiction is essential for helping us understand real-world horrors and de-fang society’s monsters,” I agree with this a thousand percent. If we didn’t have any
violence in our stories, we wouldn’t be able to understand real-world horrors like he says and to explain them to children instead of trying to seize its existence. He also states in the article that Jim Carrey doesn’t support his latest film because “he cannot support that level of violence” and I find this just flat out stupid. I just don’t understand what Jim Carrey is trying to prove by not supporting his own film because if it was really a problem he wouldn’t have been part of a movie like that to begin with. I have seen both Kick Ass movies and to be honest there’s worst movies out there and this type of movie is known as a comedy and action not only violence.

Ellis also states in the article that he was asked “How would I feel if the story were used by someone in the real world as a manual for murder and body removal” which is a pretty straight forward question but the interviewer who asked him this was over analyzing in my opinion. If people just completely got rid of violence in stories, the stories wouldn’t be real and reflect the world we live in. People fail to forget that a lot of authors write about what happens in the “real world” and putting a ban to this would just make things a lot worse. Therefore, violence needs to be explained in stories to not make it seem we live in some sort of fake world and to also teach children about what goes on out there.

Works Cited:

Ellis, Warren. “Blood In Your Eye: Why We Need Violent Stories.” Vulture. New York Media, 14                         August 2013. Web. 3 October 2013

Stacey Gonzalez

Ex Machina What?

So first and foremost I was tricked into thinking Ex Machina was going to be about what occurred on 9/11. However, this comic was based more on a great machine and different tragedies that took place.  In some parts I was really confused since there a lot of flashbacks and you have to really pay attention to the dates. Mitchell is a very interesting character even thought this comic overall in my opinion wasn’t very interesting. I found out what he meant in the beginning when he says “But real heroes are just a fictional character we create” because in this comic he was a hero to everybody. He doesn’t believe he’s a hero because he couldn’t stop the first plane from attacking on 9/11 but there were also other situations he feels he could have stopped. The ending really confuses me because Kremlin was the accused criminal of killing the drivers and they have the reader thinking he’s a horrible person but then it switches up. Throughout this comic I was very confused and the one question I have is if Mitchell saved more people lives while he was the great machine why didn’t he stick with that “hero?”


Second Respondent to Fables I

Reading Fables Volume I, made me a lot more interested in comic books than I ever thought I’d be . I always looked at comic books as some sort of picture book that didn’t really have no meaning behind it however, this comic book in particular changed my whole view. A lot of my classmates believe that Prince Charming is such a jerk in which he is but I think that was the best way to make him. Multiple people consider Prince Charming as the “perfect and helpless romantic” and in Fables he’s prince charming not so charming. The question I have is however why did they choose to make him this way? Is it because  people expect for Prince Charming to always be the hero type? In class, we spoke on the side jokes such as Pinocchio not wanting to remain a boy for the rest of his life and wants his “balls to drop and get laid.” The humor behind this is that in our view of fairy tales this wasn’t the case, Pinocchio wanted to become a real boy and experience life as a real boy not just getting laid. This other side of fairy tales I believe is what caught my interest the most.



Sex in Fairytales?

So you’re at a restaurant, see a cute girl and decide to ask for her number. In some cases if you’re charming enough you might get her to come back home with you. That’s what usually happens right? In Fables Volume I, this similar scenario happened where Prince Charming goes to a restaurant named Gottfrieds and sees a waitress of his interest. She willingly went home with him despite the fact that he told her he was flat out broke. In Chapter 1, he states that they “shared such a flirtation this afternoon I’m tempted to ask you for your number.” Molly the waitress replies with “I’m tempted to give it…I’m about to go off shift…tempted to ask you to come home with me right now.” However, Prince Charming then let’s her know that that isn’t really a good idea since he was panning to leave without paying. She then decides to pick up the tab and “guesses she can afford it” and out the door they go. To me this is such a typical thing that occurs because even after he filled her in on he was broke, she still decided to take him home anyways meaning that women usually don’t care if a man is broke or they can just be desperate and caught up in their “charm.”  He placed a burden on her by making her pay for his meal and she nevertheless paid and seemed quite careless about it. I’ve seen so many TV Shows and documentaries on this happening in the real world and I just never understood it. Could it be that it is just to feed one’s sexual desires or the concept of feeling that automatic connection and loneliness?