My name is Nicholas Ditto, and I am a senior at the University of Minnesota pursuing a degree in English Literature and the Study of Media and Culture. I created this blog as an independent study project with several goals in mind: to develop a more accessible writing style (less formal/academic), to explore the medium of the blog, and to explore and analyze the medium and content of graphic novels.


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  1. Hey, thanks for liking my post!
    Since you write about graphic novels/Batman, I wondered whether you know Blacksad? I think that would also make for blogging material… Keep up the good work =)!

    • Thank you very much for visiting my blog! I have not heard of Blacksad before, what is it exactly? I am always interested in finding new works to write about, so if you could send me some information about it, I would really appreciate it.

      • Ah, I’m sure you’ll like it (never heard of anyone who didn’t…) It’s a graphic novel series. For me, the appeal is in its intelligence. It’s not your typical run-on-the-mill story but very realistic; it’s about a private investigator who’s had his share in suffering (that’s why his name is Blacksad), and whose cases make for the story. What I love most is how every single picture is a work of art, not just some drawing, and characters are all humans but drawn with some kind of animal face, usually the one illustrating their personality best. Their expressions are marvellous. Enjoy! =) http://www.amazon.com/Blacksad-Juan-Diaz-Canales/dp/159582393X

  2. Thanks for following my blog, I’m keeping an eye out for new posts from you too šŸ˜€ x

    • My pleasure, thanks for writing a fantastic blog! You happened to stumble on my blog when I was buried under massive amounts of work and neglecting it, but now I’m back on a regular posting schedule and have a few new posts up, so definitely check them out when you get some time. And as always, feedback is much appreciated šŸ˜€

  3. Thanks for the like. You sure are a Batman fan ain’t you.

    • You’re welcome! Thanks for checking out my blog! As far as “superheroes” go, Batman is definitely my favorite because he’s the only one who doesn’t have any special powers–he’s just a mortal man. For me, this makes him much more identifiable than the others. But I am really interested in any graphic novels.

  4. Wow! Thanks for liking my blog post about words. And thanks for your writing here. In the summers my friends have roped me into being a part of their graphic book club. I love this medium and want to start using more graphic novels with my students. I think is would be especially good for my emerging English speakers. Favorite Graphic Novel so far: Asterios Polyp by Mazzucchelli.

    • Thank you for the kind words. I think that incorporating graphic novels into your teaching is a wonderful idea; not only do they provide a fun and unique medium, but their illustrations can also help with one’s comprehension of the story. I would highly recommend reading Scot McCloud’s Understanding Comics–its incredibly helpful for anyone looking to navigate the medium. And thank you for the suggestion, I have ordered it and am very excited to read it. Look for some writings on it in the near future!

  5. Hi Nicholas, Thanks for coming to my blog. I love your posts here! Batman is definitely my favourite superhero. Thought you might be interested in this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/feb/14/comics-fiction Good to meet you!

  6. Hello, Mr. Ditto!

    Can I call you Mr. Ditto? It has a nice ring to it.
    Thanks so much for following my blog; I’m looking forward to learning from your posts.
    Do you know George Herriman? If you don’t, you should definitely look him up. Ever since I discovered his work, it informs about 80% of what I do.
    Furthermore, if you’re looking for a good graphic novel, I’d suggest Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s “A Drifiting Life”, or perhaps Osamu Tezuka’s “MW”. I would also suggest “Habibi” but I can’t help feeling like you might’ve read that already.
    Wishing you well!

    • Hello Mr. Perrigoredoyle,

      First off, let me apologize for the incredibly late response to your comment; my life has been very hectic recently. Yes you may call me Mr. Ditto, but it is not necessary! Thanks for checking out my blog; I hope you find it interesting and informative. I do not know George Herriman, but I will definitely look him up. Thank you for the suggestions, I will add those to my page of recommended readings, and will hopefully get some time to check them out in the near future. I look forward to reading and viewing your future posts!

  7. Thanks for checking out Darke Rhodes — I hope someday it actually gets the graphic novel treatment! Blacksad is actually great — and deals with some pretty dark/deep issues, in a noir setting. You should check it out.

    • You’re very welcome! I hope it does as well; I would love to read it. I’ve heard such great things about Blacksad and am very excited to read it! I actually tried to order it a few weeks ago but it was out of stock. Do you have any other suggestions for future reading? Because I am always looking for new material to cover. Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you’ve found useful.

  8. Thanks for liking my page layout!

  9. Hey there, I am a pretty big Batman fan and enjoy your posts about him. It was very interesting to read your perspective and thoughts on what you’ve read. I don’t like reading too much but I’ll get into something once in a while. Looking forward to what novels you get into next.

    • Thank you for the kind words! I am very glad that you have enjoyed my posts about Batman. I am very new to the “Batman Universe,” so if you have any comics or movies that you suggest I read or view, please let me know.

  10. hey, thankyou for liking my posts. I can see you like Graphic Design. I used to take that in College. your blog is really insightful and interesting. anywho, goodluck with your senior year šŸ™‚ be safee x

    • You’re welcome! I found your blog very interesting; you’re design work is really impressive! Have you ever thought of doing illustrations? Thanks, I have only have one paper and a test left before graduation!

      • why thankyou! šŸ™‚ I actually take Animation and Illustration at the moment. and the pieces you’ve seen are final pieces to one of the modules i did this year ..and that’s awesome. any idea what you wanna do after you graduate?

      • You’re welcome! Ooh that makes a lot of sense now; keep up the good work! Do you ever do illustrations by hand? I may be old school, but I feel like there’s a special quality to ink on paper. And yes, I am moving to Phoenix to teach, with a program called Teach For America. I’m really excited, I think it will be a really good experience!

  11. I do draw by hand. I mean technically, all the pieces I’ve made were drawn by hand coz I use a graphics tablet. but I know what you mean about ink into paper. sadly, I’m more a digital painter than a traditional one. I’m not very good at cross hatching and shading. but that’s cool that you’re moving to Phoenix to teach. congratulations on that. I’m sure you deserve it šŸ™‚

    • Wow, I didn’t realize that digital stuff was drawn on a pad, that’s really neat! Clearly things have changed since I took a few introductory graphic design classes. I completely understand that, it is really difficult to justify doing ink and paper illustrations when its so much more time efficient to do digital ones. Thank you for the kind words. I look forward to seeing more of your work!

  12. Hi Nicholas, Thanks for dropping by my blog. I must say that I lost track of time going thru’ your blog. Keep up the great stuff!!

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