Comic Book Analysis Paper - A Visual Exercise
Due prior to Thanksgiving break
One obvious writing exercise for a class on Comics, is to do a visual and textual analysis of a comic book. Sooooo, select a comic book, graphic novel, trade paperback, etc. of your choice o review. If you would like me to provide or select a comic for you, please let me know. This 2-3 page report should contain at least 3 of the following elements:
• A brief retelling of the story or actions taking place in your own words.
• Your observations on the artistic style(s) employed; e.g.- realistic, simple, abstract, detailed backgrounds, etc.
• A brief Scott McCloud type analysis of the types of transitions, panel use, use of text, color, sounds, and icons.
• The message being conveyed in the text and the quality of story telling.
• How the story “reads” with just the text, or just the images.
• The underlying cultural messages of the story.
• What about the book does words in an essay like this fail to capture.
• How the cover “sells” the book, and represents the actual story inside.
• Your overall impression of the combined elements of art, word, and semiotics.
• Possible comic antecedents for the book you read.
• How would this book or story lend itself to adaptation as a movie, animated cartoon, or video game.
All of the papers should be prepared using a word processor and conform to at least the following rules:
• Double spaced, 12 pt. type.
• 1" margins.
• Titled with name and date of this version.
• No more than 3 pages (numbered), including all graphics and references.
• Spell checked, and reviewed for proper grammar (the writing center may be helpful here.)
• Stapled, no cover or binder.