Lens #8: Comics as Visual Text

sequential art…




TEDxDartmouth 2011- Michael Chaney: How to Read a Graphic Novel – March 6, 2011

TEDx Review of Graphic Novels (quirky, professorial at times but a good introduction to the medium of graphic novels: image and words that combine to make meaning).

How do graphic novels tell stories? Writer’s use multiple devices to make stories interesting and engage the reader. Explore the writer’s choices of visual devices and tools using the graphic memoir format by Satrapi.

Watch the Ted talk above by Michael Chaney. Read Ch. 3 from Scott McLeod’s seminal piece Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art (1993) called “Blood in the Gutter” Read it online or download as PDF.

Read about the graphic novel coming of age: words and pictures. Read about graphic novel techniques through panels, speech bubbles, non-linear storytelling, and the creative combination of words and images. Check out this links here or here or here or explore others on your own.

Record your response(s) on your ML Exploration Journal shared on Google Classroom.

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