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Transcript of Graphic Novel

COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS
TERMS:
cOMIC
cARTOON
gRAPHIC NOVEL
"That pompus phrase (graphic novel) was thought up by some idiot at DC. I prefer Big Expensive Comics"
-Alan Moore
HISTORY
LESCAUX, France
pre-columbian mayan codices
tapestry of bayeux (1070ad)
harlot's progress
Rudolphe Topffer
Richard Outcault, "The yellow kid"
20th Century
lianhuanhua (china)
Manga (japan)
ZAP!
Contemporary comics
Collected Trade Paperbacks
GRaphic NOvels
Graphic memoirs
graphic journalism
newspaper comic strips/cartoons
webcomics
manga (Japan)
educational
(you could have stayed home and read this instead)
What are comics?
telling a story using visual art as a medium for storytelling
what are comics made of?
symbols
images
words
The Gap
focus of detail
panels
transitions
moment to moment
action to action
subject to subject
scene to scene
aspect to aspect
non sequitor
moment to moment
Action to action
subject to subject
scene to scene
aspect to aspect
aspect to aspect
non sequitor
panel transitions
Time in Panels
actually making it
roughs
pencils
inks + lettering
can't draw?
comic scripts
Kirby + Lee + Ditko
Will Eisner
Alan Moore
Alternative small press
literary fiction
literary horror fiction
magic realism
lit realism
alt fantasy
the french
european
herge (belgium)
Canada
Bryan O'Malley's
Scott Pilgrim
seth
Chester brown
poor richard's almanac
From Mort Walker's The Lexicon of Comicana

Agitrons
Blurgits, swalloops
Briffits
Dites
Emanata
Grawlixes
Hites
Indotherm
Lucaflect
Plewds
Solrads
Squeans
Vites
they have names!
motion
Motion lines "blurgits"
subjective motion
vs
objective motion
Nude Descending Staircase
Marcel Duchamp, 1912
Choice of panel
polyptych
Scrovegni
Three Ages:
golden age (circa 1938-1957)
Silver Age (circa 1956-1970)
Bronze Age (Circa 1970-1985)
golden age
silver age (the crazy one)
Bronze Age
Guy Delisle
julie Doucet
"I know it when I see it."

- Justice Potter Stewart (referring to "hard-core pornography")
subjective motion
objective motion
Full script
vs
Plot-first script
full script
plot-first script
other forms
meanwhile, underground
The dark age
+ a guh-zillion
Activity!
1. on some small slips of paper (rip an index card in half) write the following:
a.) Something you overhead recently in a public space
b.) Something you said to someone recently
c.) A catch phrase or slogan
d.) A question of some kind
e.) Maybe, like, and interjection or something
2. Set these aside...
Part One:
Part Two:
1. on full sized index cards (or squares of paper, whatever) draw the following:
a.) the funniest thing you can think of
b.) the saddest thing in the world
c.) something abstract
d.) something scary
e.) something boring or mundane
f.) something you saw earlier today
g.) something you saw in a dream recently
transitions
?
one action (climbing out of a hole)
over several panels
one action = one panel
action: Grab
Action: Smash
one subject = one panel
one panel = one subject
one panel = one scene
script
thumbnails/roughs
Pencils
inks
colours
letters
The Rake's Progress
(1735)
William Hogarth
Activity
Part One:
Think of an anecdote/story that you tell often.

Write down the story on a sheet of paper, but only use FIVE sentences to do so.

When you're done put this piece of paper aside
Part Two:
Take your story and adapt it into a five panel comic.
Try not use one sentence per panel.
After, see if you can add or remove a panel. Does it add or subtract from your story?
comic books
(issues, floppies, saddle-stitch, etc)
non sequitor
action to action transition:
action
to
action
(run)
(Dive)
subject to subject transition: one subject per panel
scene to scene transition:
each panel is another aspect (or detail) of the scene
no relation between the images in the panels
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