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Reading Comics

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Bill Penny

on 16 June 2011

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Graphic Novels: Reading Between The Lines Comics are often viewed as juvenile by many readers. However, there are many advanced readers, even in grades 11 and 12, that have difficulty following the visual and textual organization of comics. ...It's easy. You just have to... read between the lines! So What is a graphic novel? well, how's this for a start... Of course, knowing what a graphic novel is, is very differnt from being able to read one. Here are a few terms to help you along... What we see here is a page from the graphic novel persepolis. Each box is known as a panel Panel
•the boxes around the pictures
•size and shape can change the meaning
•long panels may mean long periods of time Gutter:
•the space between panels
•where the action happens in a comic Icon
•visual symbols of meaning
•a comic artist’s shorthand because everyone will know what it represents
•can include pictures, words, and lines Real Smile Icon Smile Transition
•the space between one panel and another
•can be moment-to-moment or action-to-action, for example
•the longer the transition, the more work the reader’s brain has to do (for example, if one panel is in Saskatchewan in 1922 and the next panel is in New York in 1983, the reader has lots of work to do to make the connection) POP QUIZ! Which transition is which? Font
•the way the words are written
•can show volume of sound or emotions of speaker Speech Bubble
•a circle around the words someone is saying
•includes an arrow to the speaker’s mouth
•read in order from left to right Thought Bubble:
•a cloud around the words someone is thinking
•includes circles/bubbles to the character’s head Narrative Box
•a rectangular box (usually) in the upper left corner
•sets time and place
•gives background information Lines of Movement
•like icons, these are symbols to show something is happening
•examples: squiggly lines above a mug to show heat, squiggly lines above a garbage can to show smell
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