FOLDERS ARE DUE ON THE LAST DAY OF CLASS. THEY WILL BE RETURNED DURING YOUR FINAL EXAM PERIOD.
PUT ITEMS IN THIS ORDER AND NUMBER EACH ASSIGNMENT. YOU CAN USE STICKY NOTES, ON PIECES OF PAPER CLIPPED TO YOUR WORK, OR YOU CAN WRITE THE NUMBER (BIG NUMBERS, PLEASE) ON YOUR ASSIGNMENTS. YOU DO NOT HAVE DO NUMBER THE COMP BOOKS.
- Your two comp books, completely filled in.
- Four short book reports on books I have loaned to you.
- Your short comic about a car using one or more of the characters you created today and last Wednesday, using the “blind” method.
- Your comic on one of the following myths: Icarus, Persephone, Arachne.
- Your work from the following assignment: Take 10 index cards and divide them into stacks of 5. Cut one stack in half. On these half-cards, write down something you overheard in a public place x 2; something you said to someone earlier in the day x 2; A catch phrase or slogan x 2; a question x 2; an interjection x 2. So that’s five prompts, two responses for each. Now on the other five cards: draw the following images (no words allowed): the funniest thing you can think of; the saddest thing in the world; something sexy; something scary; something boring or mundane. Spend no more than 3 or 4 minutes on each card. Now match the images with text from the half-cards. Choose the best two and recreate them on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.
- This homework assignment:Read the whole section on Yoshihiro Tatsumi in Drawn & Quarterly (pages 318-339). Write a short response to it (about a paragraph) to put into your folder on Wednesday. Can be typed or handwritten. If handwritten, I must be able to read it.****Do the same for Anders Nilsen. Pages 400-408.****Do the same for John Porcellino. Pages 436-447.
- Your assignment from Wednesday February 7 (click on date to see)
- And from February 12
- Your haiku assignments
- The following assignment: Read “Kate Beaton: An Appreciation” in Drawn & Quarterly (p. 590); Read by Kate Beaton: “Canadian Stereotype Comics,” ” Great Gatsbys,” “Raskolnikov,” “Goreys,” and “Jane Eyre.” Also “No Problem” (p. 58). Write a brief paragraph about Beaton’s work for your accordion folder.
- A comic of at least four panels based on one of your x-page assignments.
- Your two exquisite corpse zines
- Your mash up.
TODAY’S LESSON IS ABOUT REPETITION IN A TEXT. YOU WILL HAVE TWO CLASS DAYS TO COMPLETE THIS ASSIGNMENT ON FANBOY PAPER (today and next Monday).
***(If you develop this out to 5 pages, it could serve as your final project)
Repetition is a technique used in all the arts. Let’s look at how it can work in a comic.
In What It Is, (page 164) Barry makes a series of statements about memory. She provides images to go along with the statements. I want you to use the same statements and provide YOUR OWN images. You can make the panels any shape or size.
Note how she repeats certain words for emphasis.
Pay attention to your lettering! Make sure it is legible and big enough. Be neat and think about how you want to situate your lettering on the page. Think about how the lettering and images work together.
Title your piece “Memory. A Comic based on the thoughts of Lynda Barry.” (I suggest you put your title, along with your name, in your first panel).
- BELOW IS THE TEXT.
- DO NOT CHANGE ANY PART OF THE TEXT (OBVIOUSLY, LEAVE OUT THE WORDS IN PARENTHESIS. THOSE ARE REMINDERS ABOUT REPETITION).
- EACH QUOTE MUST BE IN A SEPARATE PANEL (THIS MEANS YOU WILL HAVE AT LEAST 12 PANELS).
- FILL OUT THE INFORMATION AT THE TOP OF EACH FANBOY SHEET, NAME, TITLE, PAGE #, ETC.
- What is it? The ordinary is extraordinary.
- The ordinary is extraordinary (repeated)
- The ordinary is something we want back when someone we love dies.
- When someone dies or leaves or falls out of love with us (note the repetition)
- We call it “little things.”
- We say, “It’s the little things I miss the most.” The ordinary things. (note the repetition)
- It’s the little thing that brings them back to us unexpectedly. We say “reminds us.” But it is more than reminding. (note the repetition)
- It’s a conflagration.
- It’s an inundation…
- Both fire and flood is memory.
- It’s spark and breach so ordinary, we do not question it…
- The atom split. The little thing. (note the repetition)
FINAL PROJECTS ARE DUE ON APRIL 23.
From your syllabus:
Students will make progress toward completion of a graphic novel. At least 5 Fanboy sheets are required. The sequence presented should have a beginning, middle, and end. It should be able to stand on its own. Your final project can be developed from class assignments or homework. It can also be a story of your own making:
TODAY’S LESSON IS ABOUT STORY STRUCTURE
- Tell a complete story in four panels.
- Use Fanboy paper
- Divide Fanboy paper into 4 panels, all the same size.
- You must have gutters
- You have 45 minutes to an hour. At the end of this time, bring your page to the front of the room so we can all see.
The four panel comic structure works basically like this:
- First panel: The beginning… ordinary moment
- Second panel: something happens (a)
- Third panel: something happens (b) as a result of event (a)
- Fourth panel: the final beat
Homework: Think about what you want to do for your final project. Be able to tell me in class what you plan to do.
BEGINNING A B FINAL BEAT
“Notice most story structure components are in 3 or 5 sections, Beginning, Middle, End (Aristotle) or exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, revelation/catastrophe (Freytag).
“But Comics somehow fit comfortably in 4 panels. There seems to be a need for an extra beat–maybe something like a no-action action–a pause. Practicing drawing things in fours is a good way to understand how this works.” Lynda Barry, Syllabus (124)
Barry suggests that you avoid strips about being tired or bored. It’s easy to fall into the habit of making these strips because we’re all tired and bored and this will get repetitive. Instead, try to surprise, to lead a reader to an insight. I think her suggestion is a good one.
TODAY’S TECHNIQUE: WORDLESS PANELS
- Today on your FANBOY paper, create a 10 panel (at least) scene. YOU HAVE 45 MINUTES TO CREATE THIS COMIC SCENE.
- If you have trouble thinking of something to draw, use the word bag.
- Drawings should happen only in the center-most space on the Fanboy paper. Use the markings to guide you in making your panels and gutters.
- The first four panels (at least) must be wordless. (Sound effects are OK).
- You must have “gutters” between your panels.
- You must have at least 3 different sized panels. (Refer to Dahmer example below).
- Be sure you understand panel layouts (how panels are read) so that you don’t confuse the reader.
- Understand, the panels should inked in. You might want to just start with the ink. By now you should be using permanent markers (no Sharpies), such as Microns, Faber Castell, or Multiliners.
- You should also begin now to pay more attention to lettering. Your lettering should be easy to read and should be considered part of the composition of the panel. (At lot of the lettering I’ve been seeing is messy and hard to read.)
- Do not use color in these panels.
- At the end of 45 minutes, you will share your comic scenes.
- COMIC BOOKS ARE DUE WEDNESDAY, THE 21st.
- ALSO FOR WEDNESDAY, BRING FANBOY PAPER. WE ARE GOING TO DO SOME TECHNIQUE EXERCISES.
TODAY, ANOTHER EXQUISITE CORPSE!
EVERYONE, SIT IN A CIRCLE. PASS THE ZINE TO THE SAME PERSON EACH TIME.
SIGN YOUR WORK!
- Fold 4 sheets of white paper in half and staple them to make a zine.
- On the first page, write your name and “This is an experiment and you are part of it.”
- Also on the first page, draw yourself in relation to one of the nouns you drew out of the word bag.
- Pass your zine to the person to your right. Someone else will pass their zine to you.
- Fill in the next page of your classmate’s zine based on the drawing they have provided. In other words, continue the story in any way you see fit. SIGN YOUR WORK. You have 3 minutes.
- YOU SHOULD ONLY LOOK AT THE DRAWING THAT COMES RIGHT BEFORE YOURS. OTHERWISE, THIS ISN’T A TRUE EXQUISITE CORPSE. Continue until all pages are filled in.
- Put zines on the front table and enjoy.