Copyright ©2012 L’Association/Ibn al Rabin
#UltraVioletChallenge: “Making Sense of Signs (and Fragments)” in-class creative assignment (“Intro Comm” & “Visual Media Studies” courses developed by the Faculty of Communication Arts; Semiotics chapter); create a figurative comics based on an imposed abstract comics (duration: 90′). Based on a constrained comics exercise used at Pierre Feuille Ciseaux international comics residency-lab.
“Brilliant – thanks for sharing!” Nick Sousanis (January 16, 2018; commenting the page by Fern, Lukpearr, Oom & Bank), assistant professor of Humanities & Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University. He received his doctorate in education at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2014, where he wrote and drew his dissertation entirely in comic book form. Titled Unflattening, it argues for the importance of visual thinking in teaching and learning, and was published by Harvard University Press in 2015.
SOME RESULTING NARRATIVES:
BELOW: #UltraVioletChallenge final page by Thai cartoonist Supachai Jack Jirakoup
Copyright ©1980 Les Humanoïdes Associés/Moebius Production
Moebius’ Double Escape final panels displays interesting similarities – as a visual oxymoron (simultaneously falling and raising) – with the last page of Will Eisner‘s The Spirit: The Story of Gerhard Schnobble, USA, September 5, 1948. Copyright ©2005 Will Eisner Studios, Inc.
“It was the first time I had had my mind blown. Sitting on that couch, I felt time extend infinitely backwards and forwards, with a sense of all the biggest of small moments in between. And it wasn’t just my mind: “Here” blew apart the confines of graphic narrative and expanded its universe in one incendiary flash, introducing a new dimension to visual narrative that radically departed from the traditional up-down and left-right reading of comic strips. And the structure was organic, nodding not only to the medium’s past but also hinting at its future.” Chris Ware, The Guardian, December 17, 2014 (see below for link to the article).
Dear students, the 2014 extended version of Here is available @ Kinokuniya bookstores.
Copyright ©1989 Richard McGuire – Reproduced with permission
A few pages from the 2014 version of Here (by Pantheon Books) and Chris Ware on Here by Richard McGuire – a game-changing graphic novel (for The Guardian).
An interesting adaptation of the original six pages of McGuire’s Here into a short film (“about a series of events in time that happen in one point of space: the corner of a room in a normal house”). Student-produced at the RIT Dept. of Film & Video in 1991, by Tim Masick and Bill Trainor for their senior thesis project.
And an interesting GIF of Richard McGuire’s complete original version of Here.