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  1. 1. A Comicbook tale Visual Language & Communication Teacher: Sara del Río
  2. 2. Main Elements of a Comic Book1.The Panel. This is the basic unit of a comic book page, consisting of a singleillustration. Its most often contained within a square or rectangular frame, althoughcircular and irregularly-shaped panels are also possible.2.The Gutter. This is the space on a comic book page that is outside the panels. Thegutter doesnt contain any other graphic elements.However, objects or speech balloons within the panels can stick out to some degree.3.Balloons. It is the element what contains the text. These come in two basic kinds:Speech balloons: are (usually) round, and contain the text of what a particular characteris saying.Thought balloons: depict what a character is thinking, and are conventionally drawnwith lumpy edges, like clouds.4.Splash Balloons. These special balloons have jagged edges, and enclose important ordramatic text, such as the title of a comic on a Splash Page, the first page of the story.
  3. 3. Speech balloon Gutter Balloon PanelFrank Miller, Sin City Daniel Clowes, Ghost World
  4. 4. Splash BalloonThought balloon Quino, Mafalda
  5. 5. The Text-Related Parts of a Comic BookPage:1.Title. the name of the comic on the front cover. Given the nature of comics,the title is nearly always large, colorful, and especially ornate. Jim Davies, Gardfield2.Credits. the credits promote the "stars" of the comic: scriptwriter & comicartist. Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes
  6. 6. 3.Lettering. This refers to most of the text in a comic book.4.Captions. Lettering not in a speech or thought balloon is usually in acaption, in a separate frame. CAPTION Sonia Pulido
  7. 7. 5.Sound Effects. Any writing meant to convey a noise or sound is called asound effect. Sound effects are shaped to suggest the kind of sound – loud orsoft, harsh or mellow.
  8. 8. Some Original Comic because of its StructureFrank Miller, Sin city, 1991
  9. 9. Sonia Pulido, Duelo decaracoles, 2010
  10. 10. Jeffrey Brown, Gatosaliendo de una bolsa,2008
  11. 11. Jiro Taniguchi, TheLonely Gourmet, 2010
  12. 12. Some Original Comic because of its PlotWe´ll see some example of comics in which the author tells storiesabout his own life to show aspects of his own culture. Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis, 2000
  13. 13. Harvey Pekar,AmericanSplendor, 1976
  14. 14. Laura Pacheco, Let´s Pacheco, 2011

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