Graphic Narrative Research T1


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Graphic Narrative Research T1

  1. 1. T1: Graphic Narrative Research Henry Buckham
  2. 2. Graphic Novels • Graphic novels are a format of literature that relies on heavy usage of imagery instead of words to tell a story. • Graphic novels are typically laid out with clear boxes (around 4 to 8) on each page, which use all manner of techniques to tell the story, including speech bubbles, onomatopoeia and expressive imagery. • Usage of text is miniscule in graphic novels, being restricted to speech bubbles or captions within the boxes. • Experimental art styles tend to break away from the box format, using different box sizes and styles, and sometimes a borderless picture for the entire page. • Larger boxes tend to be used to portray larger scenes, such as a bird’s eye view or a panorama to express the scale of something.
  3. 3. Children’s Books • Children’s literature defines all forms of books that are adhered and tailored for young children, with several specific age ranges. The most common ranges are 1-4, 5-7, and 7-11. • 1-4 books are typically picture books or very short stories, and rely on imagery rather than text. If words are used, the language will be extremely simple for a young child to read carefully and pick up. • 5-7 books are a little advanced, now incorporating much more text and doing away with huge pictures, but many stories of this range retain pictures for the visual aspect. Here the language remains simple but the structure is improved, with a range of punctuation used like speech marks and commas. • 7-11 books begin to include a chapter structure and much more advanced language, with a wide range of punctuation and clauses now being used. Pictures are still included, but are now quite small and usually only take up around a quarter of the page in most cases. • Children’s books are usually printed with serif text, as serifs make it much easier to distinguish different letters and make it easier for children to scan their eyes across words.
  4. 4. Covers – Graphic Novel
  5. 5. The Walking Dead – Graphic Novel Two larger boxes help depict larger scenes, whereas four smaller boxes depict exchanges between characters and small events. Jagged speech bubbles indicates shouting or yelling. Conjoined bubbles indicate continued speech or a new idea from the character Usage of onomatopoeia and stylized fonts can give the effect of sounds in text.
  6. 6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Children’s Book Simple, short text printed inserif for easy viewing and reader for younger readers. Vivid, bold and colourful imagery that dominates the page, catching children’s attention.
  7. 7. The Golden Arm • I have chosen The Golden Arm as my story, which has a moral about avarice and respect for the dead. • Here was once a man who travelled the land all over in search of a wife. He saw young and old, rich and poor, pretty and plain, and could not meet with one to his mind. • At last he found a woman, young, fair, and rich, who possessed a right arm of solid gold. He married her at once, and thought no man so fortunate as he was. They lived happily together, but, though he wished people to think otherwise, he was fonder of the golden arm than of all his wife's gifts besides. At last she died. • The husband put on the blackest black, and pulled the longest face at the funeral; but for all that he got up in the middle of the night, dug up the body, and cut off the golden arm. He hurried home to hide his treasure, and thought no one would know. The following night he put the golden arm under his pillow, and was just falling asleep, when the ghost of his dead wife glided into the room. Stalking up to the bedside it drew the curtain, and looked at him reproachfully. Pretending not to be afraid, he spoke to the ghost, and said: "What hast thou done with thy cheeks so red?” • "All withered and wasted away," replied the ghost, in a hollow tone. • "What hast thou done with thy red rosy lips?” • "All withered and wasted away.” • "What hast thou done with thy golden hair?” • "All withered and wasted away.” • "What hast thou done with thy Golden Arm?” • "THOU HAST IT!"