I've grown to love comics. As a child, I would run to the dining table every Sunday and shove my younger brother other out of the way just so I could obtain a piece of the funnies from the Journal Sentinel. In elementary school, I drew animated characters in my nonfiction short stories. And in middle school, I contributed comic strips to the school's paper. I don't think it's any surprise that I'm covering the topic for The Plain Dealer. And from exploring its page, Ohio’s news source reminded me of my childhood again.
The cartoon strips can be found under the "Entertainment" section. It made sense. But from messing around with a not-as-good source last semester, I have this habit of searching for things on Google first. I didn't think it would be so easy to find the cartoons. But I clicked the "Comics" label and it led me to a page called "Comics Kingdom."
I wasn't really impressed with the format at first. A description of what "Comics Kingdom" was about occupied the right middle portion of the page. But on the left side, there was a big discount advertisement splat in the middle of the page. It wasn't as artistic as I thought it was going to be. You can scroll down and see all the art behind the ads, but still. An editor needs to make the page more exciting.
The section also has "Featured Comics" that include all the ones that I used to read as a kid. "Between Friends." "Marvin." "Beetle Bailey." Then I saw what I would study into further detail: "Curtis," a favorite strip my brother and I read.
"Let's see if Curtis and his brother still talks about women and their hats in church behind their backs," I said with a snort.
I was again led to a page where the editors had a description summary of the comic strip and an ad to the left. It was annoying: I expected a drawing of Curtis to be at the top. But by scanning through, I was able to find the strips. The images were crisp, bright, and had way more color than from what I could remember looking at back in the day. You don't have to squint or anything toward the photos because they look as though they're in high definition.
Ohio also allows you the option of tweeting or Facebook liking the comic strip. There's even a comment section below. And people actually respond back to the content that the artist publishes. I'm happy that the source put in a comment section where people can share how they feel about the entertainment. It helps guarantee that there's someone out there who may have the same type of feelings I have about each artistic publication.
Being able to read the comic section was a great way to close the semester's beat. I'll return to the comic page soon. I can see that I have a lot of catching up to do with the funnies.
Finals week is the most stressful week of the semester in college. And during that type of week, there are times where I just don't want to think about papers or exams. To take my mind off of the stress, I watch television. I dance around in my room. Sometimes I accidently do start thinking about what my grades could be and crawl into a fetal position in a dark corner. I also listen to music as a relaxation method. And finishing up my second-to-last extra credit blog for The Plain Dealer, I hoped that TPD would help calm me in some way through media. I decided to step away from Pandora and see what the news source had. I left the site disappointed.
I had no difficulty getting to the music page. Go to Cleveland.com's original website and scroll down until you see a "Community Center" area. The section I looked at was called "Find music." I liked how the editors split up the area by genre, region and what amount of days or months I was looking at for the latest music. I decided to try it out, first picking out the genre "Pop." I then looked in the region area. Ohio was very good at labeling its own areas out. It ranged from Akron, Ohio, to Wooster, Ohio. I was bummed out but not surprised that the source focused on music from its hometown. But I stayed hopeful, thinking that Cleveland had some good underground artists I could listen to.
Nope. The page turned out to be just updates on music events; local music, concerts and bands. I came here for pop on demand. But Ohio gave me out-of-state gigs. There are 14 pages full of content and events that are happening such as who is performing and on what day. And don't get me started on that "Legend" section in the corner. I had no idea what that was.
The page aimed toward people who have much more concert experience within Ohio. I don’t live there, so I had no idea who any of these performers were. I also just wanted some streaming music but did not obtain it. Sigh: back to Pandora. Thanks, TPD.