Analyzing Graphic Novels

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Analyzing Graphic Novels

The single page spread: * What is you first impression of the layout? * Look for contrasts, changes, juxtapositions, similarities and the overall symmetry * How is the layout of the single page spread? * How does the page spread relate to the following page? * Is the regularity of the grid broken? Why?
* Are there any panels that differ from the rest or are there complete symmetry? * Are the panels the same size and shape? * Are there rhyming panels? * What is the rhythm of the page/story? Note that panels fracture time and space and results in a broken rhythm of unconnected moments. Closure allows us to make sense of it anyway. * Are there any mutes? * Are there any open panels and bleeds? * Any splash pages?
* Which colors are used? Bright ones or black and white? What is the effect?
* Which types of perspective are used? Eye level, bird’s eye or worm’s eye? When and why? What is the effect? * Zoom – does the writer/artist use many long shots, zooms or establishing shots? Why?
* Filling in the blanks - how much closure is there? What is the effect? Remember that closure and gutters go hand in hand.

Speech balloons and caption boxes: * Analyze the speech balloons – Which kinds do you see? What fonts are used? How do the speech and the shape and sizes of the letters convey the characters’ personalities, moods and feelings? * Pay attention to caption boxes, sounds, onomatopoeia and movement and motion lines.
* Who is the protagonist? * Who is the antagonist? * Any other important characters? * What do they look like? Age, clothes, hair, face, facial expressions, eyes and hands, body posture? Stereotypes? * Are they drawn in detail (realistic) or is there a high level of abstraction?…...

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