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The Art of “Sky Doll” and Disney April 30, 2009

Posted by smike97k in art, comics, cyborgs.
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I really liked where our discussion of Sky Doll was going towards the end of our last class, in terms of its artistic aspects and the similarities between Disney characters and the characters in Sky Doll.  The characters are very similar in artistry, but in story line very, very different.  Disney is known for its seemingly innocent characters, with a large distinction between the “good guys” and the “bad guys.”  These characters and their “goodness” or “badness” is really portrayed in the artistic aspect.  “Sky Doll” surely does not have an “innocent” plot in terms of the way Disney would define it, however it is an interesting dichotomy to look at, in terms of the similarities in art, and the differences in story.  SO here are a few of the artistic connections I found to be really interesting.

Ursula from The Little Mermaid was the first character to come to mind when I saw the character of “Frida Decibel” in Sky Doll.  There is something about the facial characteristics and the hair that caught my attention artistically.  ursula-2




I think that someone else in class discussed these two characters (The Little Mermaid and Jasime from Alladuntitled1in) and their similarities to Sky Doll the character.  It is interesting how the facial creations are very similar, and while the sexuality is there in the Disney characters, it is much more evident in Sky Doll, in terms of the female body.





For some reason Stich from Disney’s Lillo and Stich reminded me of the character of The Boss or God, in Sky Doll.  Though they are not similar in personality characteristics, the art seems similar to me.17_lilo_und_stitch_500_375_the_disney_channel1




Some food for thought about the connections in art 🙂

Sky Doll April 29, 2009

Posted by dunemethane in cyborgs.
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The cartoon aspect of this graphic novel really threw me off in respect to the dark subject matter and language. As I opened the book I thought, “Oh, Jesus, what is she making us read now!” But Then I started to read and I saw these cartoon characters swearing and having sex. That really threw me for a loop. But I guess that is the point of this class. I think this type of book is really what is bridging the gap in America between cartoons and adults. The people that I’ve talked to about cartoons and comic books think that they are just things for children and I try to show them otherwise, and this is definitely a book that can prove those people wrong. But at the same time I’m not just singing its praise because I really did not enjoy reading it. Maybe its just because the darker stories that I’ve read usually tend to have a more adult for of art to accompany them. This is usually accented by darker colors and more black and white. I sort of liken it to how kids eat lots of candy which is bright colored and adults tend to like more bitter and dark things like coffee. Sky Doll was more of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I like the idea but in execution I think it fails. I was too distracted by the eye popping color to really appreciate the story that was trying to be told. I felt like I was watching loony toons but with the story of sin city or something like that. Overall, nice effort and good try, but I couldn’t bring myself to recommend this book to others.