One thing I found interesting about today’s class was the talking about how each person is unique and has their own purpose for being. Granted it is very deep to think about but it is something that is worth thinking about from time to time. Also, a discussion of how people see each other with a filter that they put up about a person or that the person puts up themselves. It is an interesting thought and something I hadn’t thought of before.
For this assignment, we had to think of who we are and why we are here by doing something (or creating something) that examines these questions. My responses to them are below:
Who are you?
This used to be a hard question to answer, but after being in college and starting my own comic strip a couple of years ago, I know now who I am. I’m Corey, a cartoonist and an intelligent, funny, caring person.
Why are you here?
I never knew what my reason for being here was, but because of the comic strip, I have come to realize that I am an entertainer, I am here to entertain people using jokes and witty puns (sometimes groaners as well) to make people laugh and be entertained at the comic strip.
For today’s class, we watched a documentary. It was interesting about the garbage pickers and the artist that was doing the documentary and how he created artwork out of the garbage/recycled materials. Being an artist myself, I was intrigued at how he took the pictures of the different people and used the items from the landfill to re-create the image. I probably wouldn’t do it myself, but it was an interesting concept.
One thing that stood out to me in today’s class was the discussion of ourself in our projects. It was interesting to see the different projects and hear the stories of why everyone created what they did and how they went about doing it. The one project that was the most touching to me was a girl that dealt with alcohol, and at the same time, honored her mom with it by the items she put into the bottle. It was touching, and that was what stood out to me today.
For the Altered book assignment, there were three parts (all parts answered below). All three parts relate to the assignment of changing the object into something positive. My answers to the questions from the assignment are below:
1) Video on Transformation
A. The idea of combining technology with the human body is an interesting concept but I wouldn’t know how to go about doing something like what was shown in the video. It was interesting but a bit strange to me.
B. I don’t know if I would want to a project with my body. Though if it was a virtual game that has to take motion from a player moving about in the space that would be interesting.
2) Perusing fellow student’s blogs
A. After looking at a few of the other blogs, I noticed that most people had questions that related to turning their objects into tiny pieces of some kind or other.
B. The other blogs are similar to mine in that their want to cut/break up their item into tiny little pieces but that’s about all though there were some interesting ideas in the posts.
C. A couple that stood out to me from the other’s posts was 1) Changing a bottle in some jewelry, 2) Make their own form of currency, and 3) cutting holes in it to hold photos. They were interesting ideas because it is something I hadn’t thought of doing to change a book/object.
D. The purpose of looking at other’s blog posts is to help spark creative ideas. It helps give new ideas and show different ways to do things.
A. I am going to change the bad reviews into good reviews to help me move past these reviews and know that people actually do like my comic strip and I shouldn’t really care. To do this, I am going to take words from the bad reviews and re-arrange the words to create a good review.
B. The reviews will help me change to not care as much about what reviews say and that what ever I do is good to me and I shouldn’t let it control me.
Since we have to document what we did to our object, I have attached the reviews in their original state, shown below:
Bad Review 1
After reading this book, my eyebrows were raised. I first discovered Puner vs Snow when I was linked to their puerile Youtube video regarding an alleged presidential campaign for Puner/Snow. It’s very clear that they know nothing about the presidential campaign, when they should be supporting Ron Paul and the gold standard. It’s a shame that he dropped out of the campaign, and so Mitt is my man. Let alone that the voice on said video is another direct facsimile of the Comic Book Guy from the Simpson’s.
Their “comic strip” is yet another in a long line of xkcd-style derivative fluff pieces. Their use of non sequitur is a feeble attempt to channel Pokey the Penguin: […]. Frankly, it is not worth your time, dear reader. Hie you to Wondermark, Bob the Angry Flower, or any other quality web comic, before the slightest thought enters your charming head urging you to do yourself harm by reading this drivel.
I would wish their endeavor to fail, however it would imply that this is something worth reading.
Good day. I said, good day!
Bad Review 2
SINCE a another overview is explained, this copy of Pokey the penguin! This has been found oneself! See wikipedia for proof of their deciepts and summary offence! This so-called ‘ stripping tale ‘ is short on laugh and art has been honestly said repulsive. I cannot penetrate the depths of depravity which are required to cause that this monstrous figure it is confessed as Puner. The manners count in which this so-called product offends man mensdom:, let me
1. Puner. What is Puner? I doubt highest this real am and honestly said it of scatological references smacks one’s lips. Perhaps the inventor does not have the notorious anal stage of Freudian development to leave.
2. There are two snow men respectively mentioned Snow and Snowy. How tend thought thought the inventors of this and avoid confusing their public?
3. This book is ” debut strips, ” but it has not been published nevertheless to my knowledge this funnily in only newspaper of any nature. WHO this mysterious aerator basis is? The government? Zionists? Aliens? I put here only ask.
END THAT PRET OF FROSTY
And the review I made using only the words in the bad reviews and re-arranging them to create the review below:
When I first read Puner vs. Snow, I discovered that this something worth reading. Dear reader, you should support their quality web comic. Their web comic and this book are very clear and is another gold comic. Their use of non sequitur is very charming, it would imply that this is something worth reading. The inventors of this quality web comic should not end their endeavor but should let their public laugh and know that this is a very funny comic.
We don’t really have to post anything about the bliss assignment but I wanted to just because. For the 3 hours that we were supposed to use for the assignment, I spent it playing with LEGOs while watching TV. I always love building with LEGOs, be it with just loose bricks or kits, they are just so much fun to build with and create things. I built a LEGO kit while watching TV because it is something I can hear but don’t have to pay too close of attention to. I have always loved building with LEGOs (I wouldn’t mind working for LEGO) even when I was young, it just seemed like a perfect choice and it encourages creativity.
The thought of adding play into a busy schedule is a good thought. It is a good idea to take time out to do something relaxing and soothing to help the mind escape and recover from a busy day. Everybody needs to recharge and relax once in a while, if you don’t then you’ll just wear yourself out and feel exhausted all the time. Adding play into a busy schedule is a nice way to relieve stress and enjoy doing something that makes you happy.
The reflection for today’s class is more about the assignments that were assigned to us. There were actually two assignments, the first continues on with the questions that I posted earlier and modifying the object based on one of the questions; the second is to do what makes us the happiest for 3 hours. These both tie into each other to help with creativity. The first assignment of modifying the object should be interesting, I have an idea of which question I am wanting to expand on and I think it will turn out pretty well, just need to make it about me and be a positive change. The second assignment should be fun, we get to do what makes us the happiest, for me that is drawing/sketching. We have to do it for 3 hours, though that should just fly by when I’m drawing. Both assignments should be interesting to do, they should also help out with improving creativity, at least I’m hoping that the assignments do. I’ll just have to experiment with the assignments and figure out what is best to me. Though the assignments should be fun and interesting.
One of the assignments that we had to do was take a book (or other object) that we have negative feelings towards and write 50 ‘what if …’ questions about how we could change it to something positive. I didn’t want to do a book because I just didn’t feel that modifying a book into something else is a nice thing to do, so instead I am doing some reviews of one of our Puner vs. Snow books because they do make me feel very negative towards them, plus I will be printing them out to modify them and it isn’t important to me if I print them out myself. So here are the questions:
- What if I cut it into tiny pieces?
- what if I turn it into a paper airplane?
- What if I burn it?
- What if I soak it in water and put it in the freezer?
- What if I make a poem out of the words in the reviews?
- What if I shoot it with a bb gun?
- What if I tape it to a kite and fly it away?
- What if I tape it to a balloon and let it go?
- What if I eat it?
- What if I drive over it with a car?
- What if I make it origami?
- What if I shred it?
- What if I make a paper sailboat out of it and sail it down whiteriver?
- What if I tie it to a rock and throw it through a window?
- What if I mail it to myself?
- What if I use to line a shoe with a hole?
- What if I use it to play tic-tac-toe?
- What if I paint it?
- What if I use it to line a bird cage?
- What if I doodle on it?
- What if I write a love note?
- What if I create a short story out of the words?
- What if I make a ticker tape parade?
- What if I use it to lit wood in a fireplace?
- What if I stick it in a bottle and toss it in a lake/river/ocean?
- What if I make it into a paper funnel?
- What if I use to clean paintbrushes?
- What if I make it into confetti?
- What if I take pictures and use those to make a collage?
- What if I cut it into pieces and make a collage?
- What if I use it as a page in a journal?
- What if I write a recipe on it?
- What if I write comic strip ideas on it?
- What if I bury it?
- What if I fold it and cut it to make a snowflake?
- What if I fold it and cut it into paper dolls?
- What if I make clothes for paper dolls?
- What if I black out the words and turn the review into a good one?
- What if I use it to keep stats at a sporting event?
- What if I use it as a score pad in a game of Rummy?
- What if I wad it up and recycle it?
- What if I make it into a poster for my comic strip?
- What if I poke holes in it so it says something positive when a light is shined behind it?
- What if I use as a grocery list?
- What if I glue glitter on to it and turn it into a Christmas ornament?
- What if I cut it into a heart for Valentine’s Day?
- What if I use it as scrap paper?
- What if I fold it up and use it to prop up a table?
- What if I make a paper hand turkey out of it?
- What if I turn it into compost?
The professor also wanted us to literally sleep on the object, so why did she make us do that? Well, I really don’t have an answer but there could be a multitude of reasons for it, something like even though there is something bad close to you, that it will be all better in the morning and that you really shouldn’t worry too much about it. Life goes on, whether that negative is still with you or not, it shouldn’t be controlling your life or your thoughts.
Today’s class didn’t have too much standing out this time. The one thing that stood out to me though was probably everybody’s assignment submissions. There were a couple of people that did similar things, like poems, but for the most part everybody had something unique and interesting to show. Everybody interpreted the assignment differently and came up with different interesting results, which I always find interesting to see what everyone comes up with.
To fully understand what the picture is, you must read this. Okay, now that you have started reading this, here is what the picture means. The assignment was to be creative with the word “opportunities”, so what I did was take the word and make it into a circle. Inside the words are two smaller circles, these represent the opportunities that I have taken advantage of (create an online comic strip, creating merchandise, creating two books (planning a third), and going to college) and the ones yet to come (getting to work at one or the other of the different places listed, creating a board game, and getting more exposure for the comic strip). The two circles overlap on the IUPUI wedge section because if I hadn’t gone to college, I probably wouldn’t have the opportunities that I do now. So, I am grateful to every opportunity that has come my way and I look forward to the ones still to come.