2 Graphic Novel MindmapNow that you have read and summarised three different graphic novels, we need to be thinking about the characteristics of a graphic novel.You need to create a mind-map with the subheadings (or ‘categories’): Characters, Setting, Genre, Illustrations, Format/Layout
4 2. Insert Five Categories SettingGenreGraphic NovelsFormat/LayoutIllustrationCharacters
5 SettingWhere do the stories take place? In a school, a small town a particular country… Try to think of 5 of your own examples of settings…
6 Who is involved in each graphic novel? What role do they play? CharactersWho is involved in each graphic novel?What role do they play?Eg superhero, detective, warrior…What other roles could characters play in a graphic novel?
7 What ‘type’ are the graphic novels that you have read? GenreWhat ‘type’ are the graphic novels that you have read?Eg: action, romance, fantasy, sci-fi…How many different genres can the class come up with?
8 What is the illustration style? Eg Cartoon-like, realistic, manga…
9 Format/ LayoutHow is the graphic novel presented? What are the panels like? What is the relationship between the text and the illustration?
10 3. Add arrows to connect ideas FormatLayoutSettingGenreGraphic NovelsCharactersIllustration
11 4. Add 3 elements for each category 4. Add 3 elements for each category. Make sure to include colour and shapes to keep it clear.FormatLayoutSettingGenreGraphic NovelsCharactersIllustration
12 5. The next step is to include different fonts/ text AlienMangaGraphic NovelsCharactersIllustrationSchool girlHeroColourRealistic
13 6. Make sure that you include appropriate images Sci-FiFantasyRomanceGenre
14 So, your mind-map should end up looking something like this…
15 School Country Town Japan Format Setting Layout Genre Characters FantasySci-FiSame sized panelsText under imagesSchoolJapanRomanceFormatLayoutSettingGenreGraphic NovelsCharactersAlienIllustrationHeroMangaSchool girlRealisticColour