Isn't life just a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?
For me, the Warhol quote that appears above is one that I’ve always believed could be applied not only to life, but also to any film, and now to graphic novels. In “Metropolis,” many of the images were, as Anne said in class, stylized, and the same held true for Persepolis. The stylization of the images, I thought, highlighted their “changing as they repeat themselves.”
This panel of Persepolis, “The Veil,” is one such image. The girls wearing veils in the first column are the same girls as in the picture at the bottom of the page. The image of the girls is repeating itself, but it is changing at the same time and showing the difference between the girls’ behavior with their veils as opposed to without.
Another set of images like the ones from “The Veil” that made me think of this Warhol quote were a couple of images from the silent film “Metropolis” that Anne suggested to the class.
This first image from “Metropolis” is one of the shift change at the factory where all of the lower-class people work. The film portrays the people who work at the factory as identical and very replaceable.
While the first image expresses the concept of the replaceable worker adequately, this second image of the Moloch takes the replaceable sentiment to a completely different level. In the scene with the Moloch, the machine on which all the workers work malfunctions, and the workers who messed up the machine are, in effect, eaten by it. In the image, the workers who have been disposed of are gone already, and new workers are being brought up to replace them.
Although I used to dislike graphic novels, Persepolis changed my mind about the genre. It taught me to pay attention to the conglomeration of words AND images instead of just one or the other. This also made me think of the meshing of genres between graphic novels and films as a whole. “Metropolis” was very far removed from Persepolis as far as plot went, but the way each was presented was similar. “Metropolis” and Persepolis could easily fit into the same genre for presentation, but not for story.
This made me wonder: is genre just a matter of presentation?