The Graphic Novel

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Summer 2018 (First Session)
Credits per quarter

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English, writing, literature

Over the past 30 years, the graphic novel has won numerous readers with its bold topics, innovative forms, and vivid artwork. We will explore the origins, development, and unique workings of these sequential narratives, from the socially conscious woodcut novels of the 1930s (e.g., Lynd Ward’s Gods’ Man ) to the complex vigilante heroes of Moore and Gibbons's Watchmen, to some idiosyncratic recent works like Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey Treasury . Other texts will include Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics and the graphic memoirs of Marjane Satrapi and David Small. 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

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.

Scheduled for: Evening

Located in: Olympia

Advertised schedule:

Tue/Thu 5:30-9:30p