Part 1 of 5: Comparing 4 Graphic Novels and 2 Webcomics Zombie Style

September 24, 2007 at 11:00 am (Comics and Graphic Novels, lesson plan) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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Preview and Objectives:

Part 1 will act as a warm-up for the next 4 in the “Comparing 4 Graphic Novels and 2 Webcomics Zombie Style” series. Learners will explore draw and caption cartoons depicting clichés, and then depicting a non-cliché. After a day to reflect, there will be a discussion on the decision making process used for this exercise.

Class Time Needed:

  • 1-50 Minute Class Session

National Standards for Arts Education Addressed:

  • Content Standard: 1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
  • Content Standard 2: Using knowledge of structures and functions
  • Content Standard 3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas
  • Content Standard 5: Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

National Standards for English Addressed:

  • Content Standard 1: Reading for Perspective
  • Content Standard 2: Reading for Understanding
  • Content Standard 3: Evaluation Strategies
  • Content Standard 4: Communication Skills
  • Content Standard 5: Communication Strategies
  • Content Standard 6: Applying Knowledge
  • Content Standard 12: Applying Language Skills

The Reading Material for this Series:

  1. The Walking Dead: Volume 1: Days Gone By, by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
  2. Zombee, by Miles Gunter and Victor Santos
  3. Rotting in Dirtville, by James Callahan
  4. The Goon: Nothin’ but Misery, by Eric Powell
  5. Kristy vs. the Zombie Army (Online Comic), by David Tekiela (aka Kidnemo)
  6. Zombie Tide (Online Comic), by Alfred Truhillo

PART 1 of 5:

Warming Up

To get the creative juices lubricated, let’s begin with a “Silent Gag Cartoon Exercise” (inspired by NACAE’s Teaching Resources / Satisfies National Standards for Arts Education: 1,2,3,5)

1. Working in a group of 4, each person receives a different scenario that is pretty clichéd.

2. In 10 minutes, each person draws a cartoon based on the scenario. No caption will be added, but the cartoon should be drawn as if a caption already existed. One character should have an open mouth as if s/he is saying something. Alternatively, a sign within the scene could be left blank for a caption to be added.

3. When the 10 minutes is up, each person passes his/her cartoon to the classmate to the right. That student must write 5 possible captions for the scenario in 5 minutes.

4. Next, each person will draw another captionless cartoon in 10 minutes. The cartoon can be of anything, but this time the goal is to try not to make it a cliché. Again, draw the cartton as if a caption already existed. Again, one character should have an open mouth as if s/he is saying something or a sign within the scene could be left blank for a caption to be added.

5. When the 10 minutes is up, each person passes his/her cartoon to the classmate to the right. That student must write 5 possible captions for the scenario in 5 minutes.

6. Each person will receives another one of the cliché captions.

7. In 5 minutes, each person will imagine a cartoon to match the cliché caption. However, this time, instead of drawing the cartoon, draw the caption!

8. Pass the caption to the right for this person to draw a cartoon for the caption in 10 minutes.

9. Discussion: Part 2 of the “Comparing 4 Graphic Novels and 2 Webcomics Zombie Style” serieswill begin with a discussion about the Silent Gag Class Exercise.

CLICHÉ SCENARIOS PROVIDED BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COMICS ART EDUCATION (NACAE):

  • A man with a cast in a hospital bed, with a visitor by his side. Caption: either one
  • A business meeting at a long desk, with a man at the head pointing to a graph chart going down. Caption: man at graph chart
  • A couple sitting across from a marriage counselor at his/her desk. Caption: marriage counselor
  • Over shoulder view of someone looking at a dialogue box on his or her computer. Caption: dialogue box.
  • A backyard barbeque, with a man at the grill. There are huge flames coming from the barbeque grill. Two women stand watching. Caption: one of the two women.
  • Martians coming out of their flying saucer in the middle of a cow pasture. One of the Martians is saying something to a cow. Caption: Martian
  • A patient sitting in the doctor�s office with their tongue sticking out. The doctor is examining it. Caption: doctor.
  • A ragged, thirsty man crawling in the empty desert stopped at a sign. Caption: sign.
  • Construction workers watching a young woman walk by. Caption: one of the construction workers to another
  • A bachelor�s party, with a stripper coming out of a large cake. Caption: one of the bachelors to another (maybe groom?)
  • Elopers. A young man at the top of a ladder to the girl�s bedroom window, with the girl looking out the window to him. Caption: girl.
  • A kid on Santa�s lap in a mall or department store. Caption: kid
  • A couple in a flooded cellar. Water is pouring from a pipe. The woman is yelling at the man. Caption: woman
  • Two cavemen standing in front of a stone wheel. One of them has hammer and chisel, as if he had just finished making it. Caption: either caveman.
  • Two women walking down a city street with many shopping bags. Caption: one woman to the other.
  • A person sitting on a subway sitting next to a bare chested man with a tattoo. Caption: tattoo
  • A father handing his teenage son car keys. They are standing next to the car. Caption: father.
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