The Graphic Novel

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					Ms. Carey
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   Today, the graphic novel is
    the fastest growing literary
    genre in North America.
A Graphic Novel is...
                                              Let’s watch a video to learn more
   A narrative (story) presented                about graphic novels...
    through text and pictures.

   Like a literary novel, the graphic
    novel may deal with a complex plot,
    diverse characters and settings, and
    a variety of subject matters.

   Like text-only novels, graphic
    novels come in various genres, from
    superhero to romance, fantasy to
    science fiction, historical fiction and
    more.

   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
    83H0nQvIbeA
Graphic Novels are...                                Comic Books are...
   usually published in hardcover or as quality        usually bound by staples.
    paperbacks.
                                                        serialized on a monthly basis (or specified time
                                                         period) with an episode of an ongoing story.
   typically a higher quality than comic books in
    terms of the publication process.
                                                        usually not of book length.
   longer than comic books, sometimes running
    to hundreds of pages.
Barack and Spider-Man

   As a child, Barack Obama collected
    Marvel Comics.

   His favourite character was Spider-
    Man.

   Marvel Comics has decided to
    provide a commemorative comic
    book that has Spiderman saving
    Barak Obama, and the day.
PANEL
   A box that contains the pictures showing what
    is happening in the story, and the dialogue of
    the characters.

   Panels literally frame the information in the
    story.

   Panels are arranged to flow in sequential order
    and help the reader quickly understand the
    gist of the story.

   Panels are arranged from left to right and then
    top to bottom.

   A graphic novel page is usually made up of
    multiple panels.

   Panels are the paragraphs we read in regular
    texts.
WORD BALLOON
                                                    The most common
   The bubble-shaped spaces within a panel that    shape of the word
    contain dialogue or a character’s thoughts in   balloon is oval. A
    textual format.                                 balloon of this shape
                                                    contains dialogue.
   The balloons may be singles or multiples,
    based on the length of the dialogue.

   Balloons come in a number of different
    shapes, each of which indicates a different
    sound level or mood.



     A fluffy cloud-shaped word balloon
    contains the thoughts of a character.
     Instead of a tail, a thought balloon
     usually has bubbles leading to the
          character who is thinking.
CAPTION

   A caption box contains the narrative that fills
    in the details of the story being told.

   Captions add to the speech and artwork.

   They do not repeat what the artist has drawn.

   Their purpose is to fill in the gaps.

   Usually a caption appears in a rectangular box
    at the top or bottom of a panel.
GUTTER

   The space between panels on a page is called
    the gutter.




PANEL BORDER

   A panel border is the box that encloses the
    actions of the scenes.

   Panel borders are not always the same shape;
    sometimes they are not used at all.
FOCUS

   In depicting space or settings where the
    story unfolds in a panel, artists use
    methods similar to the ones used by
    movie directors.

   Zooming in...makes the subject bigger
    and more detailed (for example: close-
    up of a face)

   Zooming out ...drawing the picture
    relatively smaller and placing it in the
    background by means of a long shot.
BODY LANGUAGE
   A character’s gestures and postures become
    powerful ways for communicating nonverbally
    with others and for telling stories.




FACIAL EXPRESSION
   A character’s facial expression often reveals
    their feelings and sometimes their thoughts.
MOVEMENT
   Movement is generated either while
    reading the dialogue in various
    types of balloons, or while following
    gestures, postures, actions,
    placement of various shapes, and
    picture elements.
LIGHTING
   Lighting creates a crucial role in creating
    mood and feeling within the panels.

   For example, darkness creates a mysterious
    atmosphere in a panel.

   Lighting also communicates the time of day in
    which the action is taking place, for example, a
    moonlit night, or a sunrise, or midday in the
    desert.

SOUND
   Sound is usually established through written
    words.
   What is a graphic novel?

   What is a panel?

   What is a word balloon?

   What is a caption?
Do you have any
    questions?
Instructions:

   Each group of two will receive a
    page from a graphic novel that is
    missing word balloons.

   Envelopes with the missing word
    balloons will be provided.

   Together, you will place the
    captions and speech balloons in the
    panels, in an order that makes
    sense.

   Share your interpretations with
    another group.
        Calvin and Hobbes
Task:

   Analyze the comic provided. You
    will notice the dialogue is missing.

   Look closely at the characters’ facial
    expressions and body language, as
    well as the setting and possible
    conflict

   Brainstorm a storyline that suits the
    images in each panel.

   Add text in the word balloons to
    make the comic complete.
Tomorrow...

 Pre-reading activity

 Read chapter one

 Bring in non-perishable
  food for our food drive
   Balloons can express thoughts,         Experiment with the following:
    dreams, speeches, loud voices,
    whisperings, wishes, sound effects,       Capitalization
    etc.                                      Upper and lower case
                                              Jagged lettering
   Each student will be provided a           All caps
    handout with the same four panels         Emphasis on different words (e.g.,
    from a graphic novel.                      bold, colour)
                                              Exclamation marks
   The dialogue is already created, but      Dashes
    the task is to incorporate different
    kinds of punctuation or different
    lettering styles and balloon shapes
    for effect.
YOU SHOULDN’T                    YOU
HAVE EATEN THE
WHOLE TOWN!
                             shouldn’t have
                               eaten the
                              whole town.



                                              But I was
                                              hungry.
                 BUT I WAS
                 HUNGRY.
                  BURP.

				
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