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1. Task 1: Researchintostorywritingtechniques&historical/contemporarycomics,graphicnovels& illustrations The WorldsGreatestSuperheroes Story/Narrative:The storyisaboutSuperman,Batman,RobinandWonderWomanteamingupto catch the thief of X-rayequipmentfromthe hospital. Style of drawing: Thiscomicstripis verydramatic.It usesshadowsandhighlightstomake the characters and environmentslookmore realistic.Forexamplethe shadowsunderneaththe cars showthe lightcomingfromthe building.Thismakesthe settingmore like real life.Thisstriplooks verygraphicas oppose to handdrawn. Images/Text:The imagesandtextworkwell together.The imagesare able toillustrate whatis happeninginthe comicstripand the textisable to explainit. The artist isable to showdramatictensionbyusingclose upimagesof the superheroshowingthe expressionontheirface.Inthis case it isBatman. https://bmj2k.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/heroes.jpg 2. Beano Story/Narrative:The storyisaboutraisingmoneyforthe comicrelief charity.Itincludesdifferent waysthat the characters are goingto raise moneyforthe charity. Style of drawing:Thisstyle of drawingisanover-the-topcartoon Parts of the comic stripmake the atmosphere lightandentertaining.The partwhere Danisdoingcar washingprovideshumourforthe reader.The part where LennyHenryisfallingthroughthe floor alsoprovideshumourtothe reader. Images/Text:The imagesillustrate the story.Usingcolourful imagesisimportantasitmakesthe comic appealing.Ithinkthisparticularcomicisaimedata youngeraudience. http://s653.photobucket.com/user/TwoHeadedBoy/media/Beano2-1.jpg.html 3. Garfield Story/Narrative:Thisstoryisbasedonthe character Garfield.Althoughthe comicstripdoesnot have any textyoucan see fromthe illustrationswhatishappening.Itisaboutanimalstryingtoeat one another.Startingwitha worm,whoiscaught by a bird,whois thencaught bya cat, whoisthen caught bya dog.The storyendswithall the characters togetherwithapersonreadinga scary stories book.Thisgivesthe readerthe impressionthatthe personreadingthe bookwill turnroundandbe scaredby what theysee. Style of drawing:The style of thisdrawingisabasiscartoon. Images/Text:The imageshere are usedtotell the readerthe storyasthere isno textto read. I thinkthiscomicstripis aimedat childrenasitis younghumour.Itusessimple brightlycoloured image whichwouldappeal tochildren. http://tapvd.home.xs4all.nl/Pictures/Garfield_20000903.gif 4. Sin City Story/Narrative:Thisstoryis setina fictional cityinAmerica,ithasa highcrime rate and the Police are describedaslazyandcorrupt. Style of Drawing: Basedon FilmNoir,Itismainlyblackand white butusesdifferentcoloursin certainscenestodraw attentiontoa certaindetail. Images/Text:The artisthasusedshadowstoemphasise the seedy/criminal side of acity. I thinkthiscomicstripis aimedat a more mature audience. More seriousthemesexplored. https://visualisdigital.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/graphic-novel-1-black.jpg 5. Biggles http://www.dandare.info/artists/images/western_biggles_sm.jpg Story/Narrative: These storiesare setinvariousWar situations,e.g.FirstandSecondWorldwars. Bigglesisthe Hero. Style of Drawing:More realisticfeaturesonpeople andVehicles,butthe backgroundsare unrealistic Images/Text:The imagesandtextworkwell together.The imagesare able toillustrate whatis happeninginthe comicstripand the textisable to explainit. The textusedinthistype of comic may seemalittle oldfashionedasitwaswrote such a longtime ago. 6. I thinkthistype of comic isaimedat youngadventurousboyswholike toenjoyabitof escapism. Thismay of encouragedchildrentogoout and playas there wasno computersforkidsto playon in those days. Spiderman Story/Narrative: The storiesare abouta superhero. A young mangainedsuperpowersafterbeing bitby a spider. The story followshimprotectingthe cityfromcrime andvillians. Style of Drawing:The comic stripcharacters have realisticfeatures. The backgroundimagesare of whereverthe storyintakingplace. Images/Text: The imagesinthe comicstripshow bothclose upof facesas well asshowingpeoplein conversation. Showsrealisticcolourstothe images. There isquite alotof writing,butIthinkthisis neededtogetthe storyacross. I thinkthiscomicis aimedatyoungchildrenwholike superheroes. Imayalsobe appealingtoadults whoare a fan of superherocomics. http://www.dograt.com/WordPress/wp- content/uploads/2011/07/800_Spiderman_20110717_large.gif 7. V for Vendetta Story/Narrative:OnGuyFawkesnight,V ,whowearsa Guy Fawkesmaskdetonatesexplosivesinthe Housesof Parliament. V isclassifiedasa terroristunderWhite SupremacistRule. Style of Drawing:Is a cartoon style drawingwithmainlyblack/darkbackground the othercoloursare quite dull. Images/Text:Lotsof use of blackand dark coloursto show a post-apocalypticera. There isquite a lotof writing,sothatthe storymakessense. 8. Thisgraphic novel isaimedatadults. It hasinspired the Anonymousmovement,whoalsouse the Guy Fawkesmasksduringprotestmarches. http://www.zonanegativa.com/2008/5917.jpg Watchmen Story/Narrative: Setinthe 1980s the storyfollowssome agingretiredcostumedsuperheroeswho have uncoveredaplotto kill themalongwithlotsininnocentpeople. Theyreunite toavertaglobal apocalypse. Style of Drawing: Bright,colourful andultra-detailedpictures. Images/Text: Some of these imagesare verygraphic,there isnotexton thispiece. The imagestell a powerful storyontheirown. Thisgraphic novel waswrote tore-introduce adultstothe worldof comics,throughtheirscriptsand graphicand detailedartwork. 9. http://cdn1.thisisinfamous.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Watchmen-2.jpg Batman The Dark Knight Returns Story/Narrative: Setinthe near-futureof Gotham, Bruce Wayne isolderand retiredbefore coming back intocrime fighting. 10. Style of drawing: The backgroundimagesare dark andshadowy,this isto representthe streetat nightand the characters have realisticfeatures. Image/text:The textisntdialogue,butwhathe isthinking. Some of the imagesare drawnfrom differentangles. The artist tookthe campcharacter of Batman andre-invented himintothe cool broodingcharacter that he is today. Thishas made Batman opento a wideraudience,asadultswouldbe more interested. http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/4/43640/1043903- batmantdkr4_190_the_dark_knight_falls.jpg Maus: The complete Maus Story/Narrative:Anautobiographical worktellingthe storyof PolishJewslivingandsurvivingin HiltersEurope. The charactersare animals Style of Drawing:The artist hasusedimagestakenfromthe war and changedthemintoa cartoon format. Changingthe people tomice,andthe Germansto cats. Images/Text: The imagesare blackandwhite,thisshowsthe darktimesduringthe holocaust. The textisrelevanttothe ear and time thatit wasset. 11. The artist usesanimalstogetoverthe realityof livinginfearduringthattime. Byusingcats and mice thisshowsthe relationshipbetweenthe Jewishpeople andthe Germanauthorities. http://www.comicbookbin.com/artman2/uploads/8/maus.jpg