Round two Zip! This year, I would like to continue my inquiries on graphic novels. Last year, I focused on the aspects and important components that connect drawings to story progression. I researched these three questions:

  1. What are the most important aspects of the graphic novel style?
  2. What are the most important aspects of graphic novels in general? How is it different from chapter books?
  3. What are the most important aspects of graphic novels that affect the reader’s understanding of the book?

This year, I will take my research and apply it to the creation of my own original graphic novels. Specifically making two separate stories aimed towards children and adolescents. Rather than looking at obvious genres that are targeted towards distinct ages, I will focus on the use of panel and gutter layouts, frame progressions, and art styles that are subtly or evidently used in different ways.

Inquiry Question: How are graphic novel components altered in order to appeal to different demographics?

My current knowledge includes my research from last year. I understand the use of speech bubbles, word captions, how humans perceive drawings, and the phycological effects of abstract, reality, and cartoon. The basic components of a graphic novel, most terminology, and I also have past experiences with drawing short stories. Being able to bring characters alive through comics is a hobby of mine and I am excited to apply it to ZIP.

From this project, I wish to:

  • Improve my drawing abilities and storytelling skills
  • Learn effective ways to connect pictures to story plots
  • Create an entertaining graphic novel able to attract the attention of readers

While on my graphic novel journey, there are many people I can reach out to including my (insanely) artistic friends, art teachers in the community as well as in the school, and general graphic novel readers. If possible, I may be able to contact authors and ask a few questions regarding their work with graphic novels. Nonetheless, anyone who gives me opinions of my drawings is helpful.

By the end of the project, I will complete two short graphic novel stories to present to the class. The books will only be a few pages since I intend to focus on the art styles and page layout. They will be black and white, allowing me to focus on shading and learning the importance of perspective and contrast. The graphic novels will incorporate last year’s research and clearly show which demographic it is aimed towards.

Here’s my schedule:

January 1-4: Research

  • Distinguish demographics
  • Refresh knowledge from last year

January 5-9: Brainstorm

  • Finalize titles, characters, story plot

January 10-13: Drafts

  • Experiment with art styles and layouts

January 14-27: Hustle

  • Start good copy of graphic novels
  • Focus on shading and details

January 28-29: Presentations