Overlapping Time and the Nature of Humanity

Previously on the blog mwinters wrote a post about the use of dialogue in Richard McGuire’s graphic novel Here which you can read here. In this post they discuss the sparse use of dialogue in the book and how the dialogue that is used helps link together the panels. In this post I will be […]

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: a Pop-Up Page Turner Graphic Novel

I grew up in a family who loves to read, and I was privileged that my aunt worked for Scholastic books in New York City as a copy editor. She sent me boxes full of books on a monthly basis that not only contained Scholastic but various books appropriate for all ages. Needless to say, […]

Here or There? This or That? You choose!

Some of my favorite stories, apps on my phone, etc. are the ones where there are different scenes in which the story stops and you are able to choose what response a character gives in a situation. Then, the story goes in the direction that is controlled by what decisions you make. One example is […]

What Makes a Comic/Graphic Novel Interesting?

Throughout the course of the semester we have seen a variety of comics and graphic novels. The interesting thing about those were how vastly different they all were. In class we looked at different examples of different comics and the many paneling options, word bubbles design, etc. that they come in. The same goes with […]

Comic Books Are Reappearing!?

  Comic books have gotten a pretty bad rap for a while. They were known as a distraction that kids hid inside the pages of ‘real books’. People saw them as a more simplified version of reading, something that couldn’t offer the same complexity or developmental benefits that ‘serious books’ could. Now comic books or […]

Blurring the line of media formats: VNLs

Alright party people, buckle up for a ride and let’s enter a pointless and misguided thesis this fine evening: visual novels are comics and i dare you to prove me wrong First up, what is a visual novel? Simply put, Visual Novels (VNLs from here on out) are a kind of game marked by minimal […]

The First “Graphic Novel” I Ever Read

Back when I was a little kid, I wasn’t the biggest fan of reading. It was a huge accomplishment when I finished a multi-chapter book cover to cover. I was also in a mother-daughter bookclub, and we would read some heavy books! When I was 10 or 11, we read Marley & Me. I should also […]