ClassGetting Started on Your Graphic Novel
This class will explore different forms of graphic narrative, and is best suited for students interested in both writing and drawing (although skill is no barrier). We will think about how images intersect with text using different techniques: the style of art, the colors, the placement, the fonts we use, the voice we write in. Together, we will read excerpts from graphic novels (For eg, "Fun Home" by Alison Bechdel, "Kari" by Amruta Patil", "Boundless" by Jillian Tamaki, "Bhimayana" by S. Anand etc, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick) and see how they use these elements to tell different kinds of stories.
Students are not expected to buy these—handouts will be given out/projected in class or emailed to students. The bulk of class time will be spent in doing individual and group exercises designed to use the skills and techniques we discuss, and students will come away with a variety of short graphic stories they have made, both fictional and personal. After this class, students will become better readers of graphic work, and develop skills to create their own graphic narratives.