The Graphic Code of Comic Strips
Notes from the lecture
This week we have been learning about the technical side of comic strips and how they are crafted to fully compliment the storyline.
Paul Gravett Reading
Scott McCloud Reading
Nick Dodds Reading
Learning to decode a comic strip
Write-up Scott McCloud text (transition types):
Moment to moment - small lapses in time
Pebble island - a good moment to moment comic
Action to action - different action/ same scene - needs closure
Daddy’s girl - good action to action comic
Lighter than my shadow - Katie green
The table cloth - Marion fayolle
Subject to subject - within the same scenes, but move to different subject - needs more reader involvement
Paper girls - Bryan Vaughn and cliff Chiang - good subject to subject comic
Scene to scene - geographic location - significant movement of time and or space - deductive reasoning needed
Aspect to aspect - scene setting motif
Non sequitur- no logical relationship between panels
Casestudy: research a comic artist of your choice & analyse a page of their work:
This is a strip from the comic Hilda (also known as Hildafolk) which is an award-winning British children's graphic novel series written and illustrated by Luke Pearson. I have attempted to decode this section of the comic correctly although I think there is always room for a difference of opinion. However, I think it has been very helpful to learn the importance of the technical side of comic strips and how frames can carry a story.
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