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Image, Text, and Story: An exploration of graphic novels

Written by Rachel Williams Image, Text, and Story: An exploration of graphic novels is an interdisciplinary class designed to help students explore a variety of graphic novels that focus on social issues, personal stories, politics, and war. The graphic novel is a literary form that has grown in popularity over the past thirty years. They provide a compelling juxtaposition of image and narrative.Students will discuss the visual construction and written content in excerpts from a series of graphic novels and cartoons. Finally, students will construct their own graphic novella. Download attachment:  image_text_and_story

Practicing Text-Image Relationships

Comics express ideas through both words and images. The comic artist should play with both. That is how you learn to best use these two modes of storytelling.The downloadable exercise handout presents four main relationships and offers images without text so students can learn through practice about combining text and images. For additional information, consult experts such as Thierry Groensteen, Benoit Peeters, or Scott McCloud. They have come up with other words-image categories. McCloud lists seven (Understanding Comics, 153-155; Making Comics, 131-140). Download attachment: 129_text_image