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A Power Point based on the first part of my lecture from the first day of my summer class on comic books.

A Power Point based on the first part of my lecture from the first day of my summer class on comic books.

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    What Are Comics? Building A Workable Definition What Are Comics? Building A Workable Definition Presentation Transcript

    • What Are Comics? Building a Workable Definition June 15, 2010
    • "Comics are a way of creating a universe and  populating it with characters using a secret code   that works in the simplest and most direct way  possible to enter the 'reader's' brain... series of  little pictures and groups of words arranged in a  rhythmic pattern to create and activate a world  inside us."      - James Kochalka, The Horrible Truth About Comics  
    • Comics are   a medium ,  not a genre .
    •    medium n.    a mode of artistic     expression or communication    genre n.  a category of artistic,    musical, or literary composition     characterized by a particular     style, form, or content
    • Comics are a form of  storytelling, like song, film, or short story, not a  type of story to be told. (In other words, there's more to  comics than superheroes.)
    • Comics are an integration of images and words, visual art and storytelling.
    •    "The medium we call comics is based on a simple    idea: the idea of placing one picture after another    to show the passage of time... Comics is a     language. Its vocabulary is the full range of visual       symbols."      - Scott McCloud, Reinventing Comics
    • Note: Mr.McCloud  has since altered  his remarks to  include one panel comics as well.
    • Comics: A static image or series of static  images, most commonly drawn,  and often incorporating text, depicting   the passage of time for a narrative   or other informational purpose.
    • Let's break it down... A static image or series of static images... One or more non-moving images...
    • ...most commonly drawn, and often incorporating text... . ..while comics can be done in a number of visual media, the majority are illustrated; also, while most comics rely on some for of text in order to  present part of its information, some are purely visual...
    • ...depicting the passage of time...
    • ...for a narrative or other informational purpose. ... in order to tell a story or provide another form of information.
    • But most importantly...
    • Comics are a form of  storytelling, like song, film, or short story, not a  type of story to be told. (In other words, there's more to  comics than superheroes.) INTENT!
    • Just because an image falls under the  previously  prescribed criteria does not make   it a comic. The intent of creation is as vital in   comic work as in any other form of art. Not a Comic: Comic:
    • Now that we know  what comics are, let's get started on making our own !