Week 6: Do Over Because of a Hurricane

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Work on Report 2.

Deadline now extended to Sunday, Sept. 16 by 11:59 PM on Moodle

Analytical Match Game, Part 2

Before looking at specific questions and examples below, go back and read the beginning “Analytical Matching Game, Part 1.”

Any of these could use a generic research question, but let’s see if exploring some of the suggested questions below we can break through to something more tailored to your graphic novel:

Are You My Mother?    -How is this relationship of mother daughter usual or unusual? Is this a graphic novel young women would want to read?

Fun Home    -Is this work a work of literature? What is the ultimate purpose of this story? How does personal exploration lead to revelations? What is the role of pain in growing up?

Shark Boy Lava Girl    -How does the story told here connect to its audience? Are or is there unique aspects of this story people need to know about? Being a kids book, is there something here adults would appreciate? How does that work?

Watchmen       -How does this dark critique of superheroes affect the view people have about them? Is this work one of literature? What are some interesting or unique elements of the story?

March: Book 3      -What kind of message does this story have that audiences today would identify with? Who should read this book? Why would it be important for more people to read this? Is this a work of literature? How and why?

Saga     -How is this as a love story? Is there a message in this love story that can be applied to the real world? Does the blending of sci-fi and fantasy work here? How does that make the story appealing?

Kingsman    -What is the purpose of this story? Are there literary elements in here? What message does the story ultimately wish to convey?

Your Black Friend     -How does this story talk about race and other issues faced by minorities? Is there something here other people would want to read? How does the author use humor to discuss serious issues?

Silence of Our Friends     -Do you find that this story is relevant today? What kind of message does this story have that audiences today would identify with? Who should read this book? Why would it be important for more people to read this?

Superman: Red Son      -How does the “altering” of Superman’s story make an impact on the audience? What remains the same and what is different about this Superman? As a “what if” how does this story enhance, detract, or alter perceptions of Superman’s roll in relation to humanity?

Bitch Planet        -How does controversy effect this work? Is there a message in this story people can identify with? Does this story promote or provoke responses in its readers?

Wizard of Oz    -How does the adaptation of a work of literature change it? Does the artwork make the story more engaging? Can this story be more relatable to children today as the original was in its day?

 

Analytical Matching Game, Part 1

When it comes to investigating and analyzing stories, often times it tends to break down into THREE main categories:

  1. What was the purpose of creating the work by writer and artist?

  2. Who is the intended audience and how is the audience effected by the work?

  3. What message or argument, if there is one, is contained in the story that it is trying to communicate?

The purpose of this is to potentially provide analysis questions that might best fit your graphic novel. This does not account for your thesis question or statement but might aid in leading you to one.

Any of these could use a generic research question, but let’s see if exploring some of the suggested questions below we can break through to something more tailored to your graphic novel:

Son of Hitler   -Could this graphic novel offend people? Why and How? Are their elements of historical events at play in this novel? Is there an argument or message it wishes to convey? What is it? How does it do it?

V for Vendetta  -Is there an underlying message in this story? What is it? What are the major themes and are they relevant today as they were in the 1980s? What is the role of provocation and theatrics in this work?

Jessica Jones, Alias   -What makes this story different from traditional superhero comics? Are their elements of classic detective stories embedded here? How so? What are some relatable themes found within the work?

The Girl Who Lived   -How does the work utilize suspense as a story telling device? What makes this graphic novel unique?

Age of Ultron   -What are the implications of this kind of “alternative” story or what if story? Is there an argument or message in this story? What is the purpose for telling this kind of story?

Black Hole     -How effective is the metaphor for STDs as plague? Who and what kind of audience would be most impacted by this graphic novel? How does telling this story in this format, as a graphic novel, enhance the story telling?

Sin City      -In what ways does the interlinking stories work or not work for an audience? What elements of Crime Noir genre are represented in this story? In what ways does the choice of black and white impact or enhance the story telling?

Avengers: Wakanda Forever   -How is diverse representation handled in this book? How and what is the purpose of this story? What kind of message does it offer the reader/

Kingsman    -What is the purpose of this story? Are there literary elements in here? What message does the story ultimately wish to convey?

Fun Home    -Is this work a work of literature? What is the ultimate purpose of this story? How does personal exploration lead to revelations? What is the role of pain in growing up?

Walking Dead-What is the real story behind stories about zombies? What kind of revelation does the behavior of characters take on when society breaks down? How do “post-apocalyptic” stories like these enhance and amplify the human condition?

Luke Cage: Sins of the Father    -What is the message of this story? How does the story recount the relationships of father’s and sons? Who is the intended audience of this work and why?

Drama    -How is this story a “coming of age story”? What is a coming of age story? How and in what ways does this story court controversy? What is the central message?

Death of Superman    -What was the purpose of this story in killing Superman? Is this story unique? How? What kind of message can one take away from tragic stories?

Batman: Year One    -Why are origins important? What was the purpose of this story? How does the story effect and enhance what one knows about Batman?

New Submission Forums Up on Moodle

Submission forums for the following are now up and available on Moodle:

  1. Assignment Submission forum for our Practice Summary and Analysis of Scott McCloud DUE by 11:59 on Sunday, Sept. 2.

  2. Forum Submission for Final Graphic Novel selection and cover picture DUE by 11:59 PM on Monday, Sept. 3.

  3. Assignment Submission forum for Report 1: Topic and Rationale DUE by 11:59 PM on Friday, Sept. 7.

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