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Graphic Novels. Graphic novels are book-length comics. Sometimes they tell a single, continuous story from the first page to the last; sometimes they are collections of shorter stories or individual comic strips.

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  • Graphic novels are book-length comics. Sometimes they tell a single, continuous story from the first page to the last; sometimes they are collections of shorter stories or individual comic strips.

  • Comics are sequential visual art, usually with text, that are often told in a series of rectangular panels Despite the name, not all comics are funny.

  • Many comics and graphic novels emphasize drama, adventure, character development, striking visuals, politics, or romance over laugh-out-loud comedy.


Elements of the page
Elements of the page single, continuous story from the first page to the last; sometimes they are collections of shorter stories or individual comic strips.

  • Pages consist of a variety of elements

  • Panels -squares or rectangles that contain a single scene

  • Borders/Frame - the line around the panel

  • Gutters -space between panels

  • Bleed: An image that extends to and/or beyond the edge of the page.

  • Dialog Balloons -contain communication between/among characters

  • Thought Balloons-contain a character’s thoughts

  • Captions -contain information about a scene or character

  • Sound Effects -visual sound clues i.e.. Wonk! Pow!


Final assignment
Final Assignment... single, continuous story from the first page to the last; sometimes they are collections of shorter stories or individual comic strips.

  • Identify 3 panels that represent different aspects of today’s lesson.

  • On a sheet of paper explain how the author/illustrator utilized those elements to impact the tone of the story. (you may have to look beyond your singular panel to fully understand the impact).


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