COMICS AS A MEDIUMThe anatomy of visual storytelling
What is (are?) comics?
What is (are?) comics?
The basicsPanelCaptionSoundeffectWordballoonThoughtballoonGutter
Comic StorytellingPacing and rhythm
Comic StorytellingThe Page as 4-dimensional canvas
Comic StorytellingTone and Mood
What gives comics theirpower?
Key Concepts• How do comics “mediate” reality and storytelling?• What does McCloud mean by amplification throughsimplifica...
• Drawings substitute for thingsand concepts• Representation does not haveto be exact or realistic• Our experience of the ...
“Cartoony” drawings are more engaging than realistic onesSimplification
Do you agree?Simplicity is engaging
Inner & outer Realism
Words and pictures
Timing is everything
Participation & Closure
Why choose comics?What unique advantages doessequential art hold forstorytelling?What are the drawbacks andlimitations?Wha...
Lunch time
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Visual narrative class 1 part 2

  1. 1. COMICS AS A MEDIUMThe anatomy of visual storytelling
  2. 2. What is (are?) comics?
  3. 3. What is (are?) comics?
  4. 4. The basicsPanelCaptionSoundeffectWordballoonThoughtballoonGutter
  5. 5. Comic StorytellingPacing and rhythm
  6. 6. Comic StorytellingThe Page as 4-dimensional canvas
  7. 7. Comic StorytellingTone and Mood
  8. 8. What gives comics theirpower?
  9. 9. Key Concepts• How do comics “mediate” reality and storytelling?• What does McCloud mean by amplification throughsimplification?• How and why are comics a participative medium?• How do comics represent outer and inner reality?• What is the relationship between words and picturesin comics?• How do comics represent time?• What is “closure” and why is it important?
  10. 10. • Drawings substitute for thingsand concepts• Representation does not haveto be exact or realistic• Our experience of the story ismediated through the vision(& talent) of the artist• What other medium workslike this?Icons & Mediation
  11. 11. “Cartoony” drawings are more engaging than realistic onesSimplification
  12. 12. Do you agree?Simplicity is engaging
  13. 13. Inner & outer Realism
  14. 14. Words and pictures
  15. 15. Timing is everything
  16. 16. Participation & Closure
  17. 17. Why choose comics?What unique advantages doessequential art hold forstorytelling?What are the drawbacks andlimitations?What kind of story do you want totell?
  18. 18. Lunch time

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