Scientist Comics

March 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Have you noticed we’re sort of in love with one of our contributors, Virginia?  We love her comic creations, some of which have appeared in our issues.  Now we’re linking you to her recent story about a woman scientist and a very special fish that always gives birth to twenty-six babies.  (Also available in the print version of Issue 7!)

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Neurobiology, Sims-style

March 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Some of our members like the Sims.  Some like science.  And a rare few like both.  Chris Heffner, who proudly occupies the intersection of this Venn diagram, used his mad Sims skillz to illustrate some principles of neurobiology for a class.  It’s too good not to share.

MSU Comics Class Documentary

February 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

We apparently can’t stop harping on about how amazing Ryan Claytor‘s Comics and Visual Narrative class is. But if you need further convincing, MSU Today has a short documentary about the class and last semester’s signing event. Watch closely for cameos by Arthur itself! Virginia apologizes for every single time she appears in this video.

Inkwell, Sickle and Smokestack

January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Newsflash, gentle readers: we like comics.  That’s why we sometimes have them in issues.  One of our writers and artists, Virginia, teamed up with one of our writers and poets, Jon, and they created a short series called Inkwell, Sickle and Smokestack.  Recently, the comic came to a finale.  We’re loving it.  You will too.

Linguistically I’m Yours

December 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

Need to win the heart of a linguist?  We’ve got you covered.

Online Content #3: The Fulbright Scholar Trailer

August 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

When a Fulbright Scholarship is accidentally awarded to a college stoner named Max Tokely, the intended recipient James Goldstein plots to kill Tokely in order to get what’s rightfully his.

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Issue 3 and Derek Walcott

February 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Issue 3 has been printed!  If you’ve ever wanted to read about existentialism in Kurt Vonnegut’s most famous novel, examine the ubiquity of archetypes, ponder the great emo kids of Western literature, see more historically inaccurate comics, peruse more poems than is strictly reasonable, or pick a new name for your band, then this is the issue for you!  Pick up your copy today at Morrill Hall, the RCAH hallways in Snyder-Phillips, or Espresso Royale.  Or just come to our party.

If you already have a copy, and have come looking for an explanation behind the Derek Walcott Comic, here’s what Wisti has to say:

“Derek Walcott is a West Indian poet who wrote a an epic poem about St. Lucia, title Omeros, through the use of allusions to Homeric myths. It was sort of like an African Ulysses. He claimed it was a way of coming to terms with the island’s empirical history. It was a really good work of art objectively speaking, but Walcott had this whole idea that he was somehow writing it for his people, who not only had no concept of Western literary traditions, but were also mostly illiterate because, unlike Walcott, they have not overcome the burden of history. They don’t have the power to overcome the burden of history, as they’re all poor as a result of British Imperialism and US tourism. Walcott was also known to shit all over poets who rejected Western literary traditions to better represent their people. He would claim they were absorbed in self-pity and obsessed with their own suffering. On the one hand, I think he did make a couple fair points in his essays and articles, but he also shouldn’t have acted like Omeros was somehow the voice of his people, since he obviously wrote the piece for himself, so HE, not them, could overcome the burden of the past. Because, you know, if the citizens of St. Lucia can’t read the freaking poem, they certainly can’t use it as a means of healing.”

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