Robert Crumb was one of the many famous cartoonists Quoted,"Graphic novels evolved from the underground comics of the 1960s and 70s, notably the work of R. Crumb.“ “Like Crumb's work, many of these novels offer autobiographical, ironic portraits of the artist as loser."
First, take this sentence and see what we can infer:
“ But Prince Prospero was dauntless and sagacious .”
(Graphic Classics Edgar Allen Poe, Masque of the Red Death)
To a reader this sentence could be very problematic. The words dauntless and sagacious may not be in their vocabulary. But coupled with a Graphic, the student might be able to infer what they mean.
From this picture and the appearance of the man, a reader might be able to infer that dauntless and sagacious means standing strong and fearless as well as being intelligent. Of course these aren’t the exact definitions, but for the purposes of reading, it would be close enough.
Graphic novels do not only help with inferring word definitions, they can also help with inferring content.
What I mean by this is that sometimes there can be little nuances that the graphics help to define. Take for instance this next set of pictures.
There is definitely a lot being said here through little nuances or the characters’ body language.
Imagination and Creativity in Graphic Novels It is common for many people to believe that Graphic Novels do not allow the reader to use their imagination and creativity as they read.
They believe that the graphics do not allow you to imagine the scene, but rather presents it there before you.
They have a valid argument, but… There is more happening in graphic novels than meets the eye.
Closure In Scott McCloud’s book, “Understanding Comics,” McCloud discusses what is called “closure.” Simply put, “closure” is when the mind pieces together cues or evidence given to create a complete image or story.
Let me show you what I mean. Closure can have many forms. For many this image or cue can create closure simply because they recognize this as a symbol for Michael Jordan.
Closure can also be more complicated But I’ll let this scan from Scott McCloud’s book explain this part.
So what does closure have to do with comics? Closure for comics is quite similar. According to the definition in the dictionary closure in comics is, “ the process by which the mind fills in missing details between the panels of a comic ” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closure
This space between the panels is called the gutter by some, but lets see what Scott McCloud has to say about the gutter.
This is where imagination comes into the reading of a Graphic Novel. It is in this gap between panels that the reader’s imagination is allowed to create what is not seen. It’s this gap that allows the reader to use creativity and imagination , giving the graphics motion and action apart from what is drawn. It is the comic equivalent of separating words and sentences with spaces.
In conclusion, there is a lot to be said about a Graphic Novel being a legit reading assignment.
I find it surprising to see what can happen when a graphic is added to a of text.
The pictures in this PowerPoint came from the following Graphic Novels. Graphic Classics, Edgar Allen Poe , Masque of the Red Death , Adapted by Stanly W. Shaw American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang Pictures were obtained from the following websites. Citation