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Introduction to the Graphic Novel

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Lee Wall

on 16 April 2014

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The Graphic Novel What is a
Graphic Novel? graph•ic nov•el
1. A novel in comic-strip format.
2. Sequential art, which conveys narrative through written words and images.
3. A big, fat, expensive hoity-toity comic book that wants to soar with Hemingway and Faulkner, but can't get the mud of its Super-Friends birthplace off its wings. A Short History of the Graphic Novel 1831: Rodolphe Töpffer creates what is often cited as the first comic: 'Histoire de M. Jabot' (History of Mr. Jabot). 1939-1945: World War II. How would these historical events have affected the comic book industry? 1950s-1980s: The popularity of comics fluctuates, but the art form continues to evolve and reinvent itself. 1978: Will Eisner creates "A Contract with God", which is generally recognised as the first graphic novel. It is considered to be a milestone in comics history for its format and its literary aspirations 1980s – Present: Graphic novels are finally recognised as a literary form and gain a new audience through Hollywood film adaptations. How do you read a graphic novel? Elements of a Novel: Elements of a Graphic Novel: Setting
Language style
Point of view
Theme Panel
Shape and line
The interaction between text and image. Panel A panel is a distinct segment of a comic or graphic novel, containing words and/or images. Framing How the visual elements are framed. Text Words which accompany visuals to help convey narrative, e.g. speech/thought bubbles, narration boxes and onomatopoeia. Transitions How visuals are framed when the narrative moves from one panel to the next. Colour Shape and Line Colour conveys mood and emotion or an absence of colour can create impact. Shapes and lines create tone and direct the reader to what the author wants them to focus on. 1930s: The Great Depression In 1935 an enduring cultural icon was born. 1930s-1950s: The Golden Age of comics.
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