A bit about me… A bit about you: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/364066/M edia-Use-CCT3000
What is a medium of communication? What does “analysis” entail? What does it mean to analyze something critically?
Many types of media forms and genres Analysis = identification of core components, reduction of complexity - often to classify and differentiate between media forms Critical analysis = reflection on nature and form, but also impact and consequence Seems simple at first but can get complex and can be done sloppily
Clear Accurate Relevant Sufficiently Deep Logical Significant Fair
Contact information and how to use it Lecture and lab hours (lab overcrowding = no.) NB: Prerequisite note
McCloud’s Understanding Comics (1993) Don’t let the book format trick you into reading superficially Comics as base point for analysis - other media examples will be added throughout, highlighted through readings and lab work
Weekly Lab Assignments/Wiki Creation Graphic Novel Analysis Comic Creation Creating an Internet Meme Exam
http://cct300-f10.wikispaces.com SLATE = NO. (Why?) Wiki sign up, personal wiki creation tutorial tonight, including tips on etiquette – first lab assignment to create and link personal wiki Previous wikis are available – check them out!
Norman will post weekly reflection questions Due following week – will discuss results of the last week in lab Attendance taken 8 overall –you can skip a couple No late submissions – we’ll check weekly, and if it’s not there, it’s not there Quality reflections and participation (including on wiki) – full marks; partial or limited reflections, or answering without showing up, much less so
Applying principles of McCloud’s Understanding Comics to graphic novel/extended plot comic of your choosing (approx. 1500 words) Illustration/examples are helpful to include Choice of analytical tools from McCloud up to you - a scattershot approach is never effective though Other resources never hurt – e.g., external analyses, etc. - but do focus on McCloud
Strip collections aren’t a good choice - why? Simple cartoons (e.g., Archie?) probably harder than you think – why? Non-English comics OK (as long as you understand the language…) Be careful with books turned into movies – no compare/contrast, definitely don’t just see the movie! (e.g., Scott Pilgrim) Less about plot than analysis of comic form Where to look for graphic novels?
Creating a webcomic using Comic Life and other tools 2 page analysis of why you did what you did, leveraging McCloud concepts
This is not an art assignment – many good webcomics are artistically rudimentary Story counts, as well as proper thought in visual grammar of comics to tell it Start looking at various web comics for inspiration and ideas; play with Comic Life (on J316 computers, can be downloaded as trial version) or other related comic creation software
Group final project - creating an internet meme, releasing it to the atmosphere and analyzing production and dissemination Proposal first – scan existing memes (e.g., ROFLCon.org, Know Your Meme, BuzzFeed, etc.) Final project presented in last labs – “science fair” style presentations, in front of Norman or myself, 5-7 mins, advancing main goal and showcasing what was done to meet it
Tune in next year (first year we’re doing this) Pick media that suits message and audience Pick media you are comfortable with and you can feasibly engage given time/resource constraints Conform to standards of media genre Be innovative; avoid excessive copying Consider mashups Be cautious about what you say!
Last class (no labs last day) Covering major topics over course of term Focus on critical awareness and application vs. regurgitation of fact Lecture notes and discussion of lab articles are fair game Details and examples will follow nearer conclusion of term
Academic honesty is taken seriously by all Accessibility concerns – talk to me confidentially Due dates/lateness policy – weekly assignments checked weekly ONLY ROSI reporting in 2010 – we will know what’s going on, don’t lie Term test committee – you better be very, very sick
Manovich - reading is a bit dense, but important… Labs tonight - wiki setup, and some bits on first assignment