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Understanding Comic Books and Their Creation.

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Maryam Isaaq

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Understanding Comic Books and Their Creation.
Genres
Comedy
Superhero
Horror
Manga
Adventure
Superhero
Superhero comics are generally aimed at boys between the ages of 7 and 15 but many older people read them as well. This could be because they grew up reading them and still enjoy them.
Introduction
Genres
History
Characterization
Origins
Target Audience
Panels and Panel Placements
In this prezi I will be showing you through my research on comic books. I will be explaining more about:
There are many different genres of comic books to appeal to different ages and people.
Over time the audience of a certain comic book can change so the story/characters develop to suit the new readers.
History of Green-Lantern
Characterization
Green Lantern was originally created in 1940 by Martin Nodell (scripted by Bill Finger).The orginal Green Lantern was Alan Scott who discovered a green railway lantern. It was speaking to him in the form of a magical green flame. He appeared in the comic 'All American Comics' #1.
Green Lantern is a Intergalactic Police Force known as the Green Lantern Corps, they have the ability to overcome great fear with will power. They possess power rings with a power characterized by their will and strength. Each member of the IPF is given a part of the universe to protect
Green Lantern was created by Alan Scott, Martin Nodell and Bill Finger in 1940.

John Broome and Gil Kane then updated the Green Lantern in 1959 by creating Hal Jordan.

Green Lantern was a Superman Clone created in 1940 (The superhero boom). Many other Superman clones were made but Green Lantern was one of the few to be remembered.
Target Audience of Green Lantern
The target audience is made for boys aged 9-15 but many middle aged men read it as they grew up reading superhero comics and they still enjoy them. Many other people also read Green Lantern comics such as Comic Book Collectors.
Panels and Panel Placements
The panels in Green Lantern is the traditional square/rectangle shaped ones, they are also read left to right then down. Although occasionally it would have different sized ones to show when something different is happening such as a phone call, if 2 things are happening at once or if its a flash back
Dennis the menace is typically aimed at boys aged 7-12 as they can relate to Dennis as he is the same age-range, it also features a sense of mischievous humor and slightly simpler sentences (not too complex)
Comedy
History of Dennis The Menace
Dennis The Menace first appeared on 17 March 1951 in Davey Law strips.

Creator Davey Law was unimpressed with all sketches he saw of Dennis so he came up with the appearance of Dennis.

Gnasher was featured in August 1968 when Dennis found him on the street on the way to a dog show. From then on Gnasher was a regular feature.

In 1970 after Davey Law retired Dave Sutherland took over and the comic strip was renamed "Dennis The Menace and Gnasher".
Origin of Green Lantern
This was the logo in 2009 up until 2012 when "The Menace" was added
Characterization of Dennis
Dennis is a typical bad behaved schoolboy. Uncontrollable as he never listens to rules causing chaos and mayhem. Even though many strips portray Dennis as being quite slow and challenged, he is in fact extremely inventive and clever when it comes to mechanics. He also often comes across as selfish as he will abandon his friends in exchange for food or other items.
His trademarks are:
Messy black hair
Black and red striped jersey
Knobbly knees
his Abyssinian wire-haired tripe hound Gnasher.
Target Audience for Dennis The Menace
Comedy comic books are enjoyed by many people of different ages/genders/interests as they humor they include vary to appeal to the particular interests of their target audience.

Comedy comic books can range from being aimed at children (7-10) right up to adults (40+).
Therefore there is no target audience for comedy comics in general.
To appeal to more people another side story was added for girls featuring the female version of Dennis called Minnie The Minx
The panel placement in Dennis The Menace is the traditional rectangle panels that are read left to right then down. Although some panels do have different borders to make it appealing to children. This is because its make for young children and they won't be able to follow more complex layouts. The different borders are used to give the comic something that stands out and makes it more interesting
Panel and Panel Placement
Dennis The Menace doesn't have much of an origin as he is just 'a naughty schoolchild' and the story just follows his mischievous adventures.
There is an origin for Gnasher: Dennis finds him in the street on his way to a dog show with his family. Since then Gnahser has been a permanent member of the comic, and soon the title was changed to "Dennis The Menace and Gnasher"
Origin of Dennis The Menace
Adventure
Adventure comics are often aimed at 7-11 year old boys.

They have an element of mystery as a lot of the time the main character goes on journey to find either a lost item or solve a mystery, this is what adds the adventure element.
The adventure often features a problem encountered on the journey.
Characterization of Tin-Tin
Tin-Tin (the main character) is a young Belgian reporter with his fox terrier 'Snowy' (Milou in the original French edition). Tin-Tin becomes involved in very dangerous cases where he does heroic things to save the day. He tries very hard on his journalism skills but rarely ever gets a story.
Tin-Tin's personality is often described as 'bland' and imaginative.
Tin-Tin has a small blonde quiff and wears the same red/maroon 3/4 length trousers, a blue jumper with a white collar and occasionally wears a brown trench coat.

History of Tin-Tin
Tin-Tin was originally written in French and written by Georges Remi (pen name: Hergé). It was first published in 10th January 1929 in Belgian newspaper Le Petit Vingtième. Tin-tin is now published in more than 70 languages.
In 1950 Hergé created Studios Hergé where he produced a series of 24 Tin-Tin albums. Now The Adventures Of Tin-Tin have been adapted for radio, TV, theater and film.
Origins of Tin-Tin
The origins of Tin-Tin aren't stated or important to the story as it's just following a young boy's adventures in an attempt to be come a famous journalist.
Many comics (such as Superman) knowing the origins would be helpful as to understand the comic but in Tin-Tin you'd be fine with out it so its not featured in any comics.
Target audience for Tin-Tin
The target audience for Tin-Tin is boys aged 7-11 as they tend to enjoy comics that have a sense of danger in, they enjoy reading about people getting their way out of a tricky situation. They also can relate to the main character as Tin-Tin is also in the same age range and they'll be able to imagine themselves doing that.
Panels and Panel Placement
Traditional rectangular panels are used. This is because they have a young target audience who are only just getting the hang of comic layouts. The target audience wouldn't see the benefits of different shaped panels or if the placement of the panels didn't follow the traditional left to right pattern so it would save time to place them normally.
History of Naruto
Naruto is an on going Japanese comic series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It was first released by Shueisha in 1999 in the 43rd issue of Japan's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.
Currently 63 volumes have been released and they are still producing more.
Naruto is one of the best-selling manga series of all time having sold more than 126.5 million copies in Japan alone.
Naruto has also now been produced as a TV series or Anime.
Characterization of Naruto
Naruto's character changes depending on what series in the first series Naruto is a young boy, small and doesn't put much effort into his training. In newer series he takes his training seriously, he's matured physically and emotionally. Naruto is ninja-in-training who constantly searches for recognition and dreams to become the Hokage, the ninja in his village who is acknowledged as the leader and the strongest of all.
Origins of Naruto
When Kishimoto was creating Naruto he based his ideas on a simple and stupid hero.

Naruto is a blond haired teen who wants to be Hokage (leader) of his village as many people in the village exclude him/ignore him so he thinks becoming Hokage will make them have respect for him.
Naruto has a friendly and cheerful personality making it easy for him to make friends with fellow Hokages to be.
Target Audience of Naruto
The target audience for Naruto is complicated as there are many different versions that are aimed at different audiences, but the typical one is teenaged males as the humor can occasionally be inappropriate for younger children. But the plot (ninjas and fighting) also draws boys between the ages of 7-12 as that is a topic that they find interest in but a lot of the time they wouldn't understand a lot of the jokes used, so a version more suitable for younger children was made.
Also Kishimoto drew Naruto with a slightly different personality and in different clothes to attract a "Western Audience."

Panels and Panel Placement
As Naruto is a Japanese comic it's written in the traditional Japanese format, right to left then down. You also start the book at what we would consider the back, this is because the creators of the comic felt it would be more cultural and more unique to have it this way if it was going to be sold in other countries. The comics have a sticker on what we consider the front of the comic book but is actually the back in this case telling you that you are reading it backwards. The panel placement is still the ordinary rectangle boxes with the occasional larger one to symbolize something different is happening. This is because its too complicated as its already read in a different style than they are used to.
Manga
Manga comics are aimed at a wide range of people as there are many sub-categories of manga such as action-adventure, romance, comedy, science fiction and fantasy.

Manga comics originated in Japan and are popular with people of all ages.
Horror
Horror comics are generally aimed at older teens (14-17).

They feature a element of terror and normally have jump scares (in films) or gore
History of The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead's was first released in 2003. By Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore who was later replaced by Charlie Adlard, published by Image Comics. Later it was turned into an incredibly popular TV series and also a video game.
It received awards for being the best ongoing comic series.

Characterization
The main character is Rick Grimes and it follows his adventures during a zombie apocalypse. He's a police officer, this gives the idea that he is already a tough and dangerous character. He is portrayed as a rugged and muscular man. He acts as he looks (tough). His only goal is to help his family and him survive but others view him as a hero.
Origins of The Walking Dead
Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to see that his town is infested by brain eating zombies. His son explains that the government have told people that Atlanta, Georgia is the safest place to go. Along the way Rick and his son find other survivors and join forces to get to Atlanta.
Target Audience for The Walking Dead
The target audience for The Walking Dead comics is different than that for the TV series.The target audience for the comics are 15+ teens. While the audience for the TV sires is much wider and is 18 but a lot of younger teens watch it.
Panel Placement
The panel placement for The Walking Dead is still the traditional layout as left to right then down. This is because having different shaped panels wouldn't have much effect on the storyline.
It has only been out for 10 years so the design hasn't changed much.
The original target audience for Tin-Tin was
French children because it originated in France
and was written in French
It was also made for Japanese teens because it's written in the japanese style (back-to-front) and is also originally in Japanese
The panels aren't touching so they have a slight border
between each panel.
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