Professor Woolley | BAM 70500-02 | FALL23

Tag: WEEK 2

Week 2 | SEP 05

Topic: WORDS + IMAGE = MEANING

Activities

Warm Up Drawing 5 min

Student Lead Reading Response 20 min

REVIEW CRITIQUE GUIDE:

  • Clarity
  • Story Structure
  • Reading Order
  • Rhythm
  • Writing
  • Uniqueness
  • Craft

SHARE: Homework 1 – Self Portraits 20 min

DISCUSS: Our First Character – an exploration of self / personal voice. 

REVIEW: Lynda Barry鈥檚 Diary Format.

LECTURE: THE LANGUAGE an Over View of Comics Grammar:

  • Reading Order
  • Panel
  • Gutter
  • Tier
  • Flow and Eye Track
  • Beats and Timing
  • Point Of View
  • Shot Choice
  • Pagination/ Page Turn

LECTURE: WORDS + IMAGE = MEANING, SHOW OR TELL!

DISCUSSION: What are some of the ways words and images interact in comics? Where do we see writing in comics? How might the meaning of a drawing change when combined with different words?

IN CLASS ACTIVITIES: New Yorker Captions

LECTURE: The 1 Panel COMIC

IN-CLASS ACTIVITY: Ivan Brunetti meets – Overheard in NY!

SHARE: 2-3 Final Project Ideas 30 min

Due Next Week

Homework:

  • In Sketchbook (aim for 5) DAILY DIARY PAGES
  • Complete 1-Panel Comics (aim for 3-5) based on your diary observations.
    • Use the Language of comics purposefully. Consider how text and image interplay. Consider how a scene reads from differing points of view and uses text in different ways. What happens when information is conveyed through dialogue? Through captions? Through background text embedded in illustrations?
    • Bring your 1-panel comics to a level you consider FINISHED – They can be simple, or more detailed; Stylized or more realistic. Try using ink to finalize and tighten the rough pencil lines.
    • FULL DESCRIPTION BELOW
  • Workshop your 2-3 FINAL PROJECT IDEAS. By next week’s class, you should close in on one you would like to pursue and have a rough outline.

READ: Jessica Abel – What is a Graphic Novel (Print me and hang me up!)

READ: Jessica Abel Chapters 1 & 2 Drawing Words and Writing Pictures

READ: Chapters 3 & 4 Understanding Comics

READ: The Realist – Asaf Hanuka

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: DISCORD ONBOARDING (over zoom)

**DISCUSSION ON DISCORD**

Understanding Comics Chapters 3 & 4

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud

Our course text is Understanding Comics By Scott McCloud. It is a comic book about comic books. McCloud, in an incredibly accessible style, explains the details of how comics work: how they’re composed, read, and understood.

Chapter 3 鈥 Blood in the Gutter 鈥 pp. 60

  • In comics, what is 鈥渢he gutter?鈥
  • Discuss the concept of closure as it relates to comics.
  • Of the six types of transitions in comics, choose one that you find most interesting and tell why.
  • What鈥檚 the point of the three stories about Carl that are shown on pages 84-85?

Chapter 4 鈥 Time Frames 鈥 pp. 94

  • Is each frame in a comic a single moment in time? Why or why not?
  • How does adding words change the length/time of a panel?
  • In comics, time and space are 鈥渙ne and the same.鈥 How so?
  • On page 101, how does changing a panel鈥檚 shape affect its time?
  • In comics, motion is usually reduced to what?