The Graphic Novel

Summer
Summer 2018 (First Session)
Olympia
Olympia
Evening
Evening
Freshman-Senior
Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 13
48
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Steve Blakeslee
English, writing, literature

Over the past 30 years, graphic novels have won numerous readers with their bold topics, innovative forms, and vivid artwork. These book-length, comic-art narratives and compilations employ a complex and iconic visual language. Combining and expanding on elements associated with literature, 2-D visual art, and cinema, the comics medium offers unique opportunities for reader immersion, emotional involvement, and even imaginative co-creation.

In “The Graphic Novel,” we will explore the origins, development, and unique workings of these sequential narratives, from evocative wordless novels (e.g., Shaun Tan’s The Arrival ) to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s influential Watchmen series, to contemporary short-story collections by Emily Carroll and Eleanor Davis. We will carefully examine each text at multiple levels of composition, from single frames to the story as a whole, and interpret their workings with the help of Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics . Our overall goal is to develop an informed and critical perspective on this powerful medium. Students who register for eight credits will read and research additional graphic works or, with faculty approval, create graphic narratives of their own.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

Humanities, literature, visual arts

48

Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Freshman-Senior
Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 13
Evening

Scheduled for: Evening

Final schedule and room assignments:

Advertised schedule:

Tue/Thu 5:30-9:30p

Located in: Olympia

DateRevision
2018-05-01Course description updated