Provide a copy/ image of your research notes, what concepts in you learning do you feel you have a solid grasp on? Which ones might be useful to other students in their learning

I started off by finding two children’s graphic novels and three teenage graphic novels to study and compare. If the books didn’t have an online version, I went to Coquitlam Library’s website and put a hold on them.

Children Books: 

Hocus Pocus by Sylvie Desrosiers and Rémy Simard

Babymouse by HOLM, JENNIFER L

Teenage Books:

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Blankets PDF

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Children Graphic Novel Notes:

Art Style-

  • simple drawings; not a lot of detail
  • bright colours
  • visually appealing characters that draw the attention of little kids
  • well known animals/shapes used as main subjects (rabbits, lions, dogs, circles)

Layout-

  • aspect to aspect frame progression for children to easily connect the subjects and theme of the frames together
  • more drawings than words
  • a lot of bleeds to show a bigger picture (drawing spans across both pages)

Context-

  • basic life lesson teachings (how to be nice, be imaginative)
  • often times set in a fantasy world

Blankets Notes:

Art style-

  • black and white, lots of crosshatching, defined characters that follow the rule of “exaggeration”
  • abstract drawings to show inner turmoil of characters
  • Detailed and heavily shaded

Layout-

  • panels are not all rectangles
  • undefined gutters
  • “reader fills in the blanks in the gutters”
  • lots of subject to subject frame progressions for readers to connect panels together
  • speech bubbles of different varieties to convey emotions

Context-

  • talks about poverty, bullying, religion, and love
  • modern world

So far, I have a solid grasp on the usage of frame progressions between children books and teenage books. From my knowledge last year, I understand the effects they give and the story progression they create. Certain demographics only correctly interpret limited concepts while older readers understand a wider range. The context of graphic novels that are aimed at younger audiences is noticeably different from ones that are aimed towards a more mature reader. These characteristics are easily distinguishable. Finally, I found the styles and storytelling methods of the books I read to be similar yet still distinct. Children books are straightforward with their message to the reader while teenage books tend to hide it subtly behind interactions with characters.