Taught by Kayt Lackie
This class will introduce multimodal fiction in both digital and analogue forms and will focus on the relationship between the written word and other modes. Beginning with a brief historical overview of multimodal novels, the first half of this class will look at the use of design, illumination, type, maps, icons, lyrics/poetry, illustrations, paratext, and other elements.
Exercise: Create an altered poem or flash fiction from assets provided. (Directions and assets forthcoming)
Work Discussed: Analogue: Le Roman de Fauvel, Lindisfarne Gospels, Lord of the Rings (Tolkien) , Tree of Codes (Jonathan Safran Foer), S (Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams), The Unfortunates (B.S. Johnson), A Humument (Tom Philips), Une Semaine de Bonte (Max Ernst), The Raw Shark Texts (Steven Hall), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon), House of Leaves (Mark Danielewski), Nat Tate (William Boyd), Heidegger Stairwell (Kayt Burgess) . Digital: Inanimate Alice (Kate Pullinger), The Kills (Richard House), TOC: A New Media Novel (Tomasula), The Silent History (Sudden Oak), McSweeney’s and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.
Tools Discussed: MS Word/Open Office, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign.
Required Reading: I’m Comic Sans, Asshole. Link: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/im-comic-sans-asshole (Warning: profanity)
Additional Reading: Multimodality, Cognition and Experimental Literature (Alison Gibbons), The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature (Joe Bray, Alison Gibbons and Brian McHale), How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis (N. Katherine Hayles).
Writing for Comics
The second half of the class will focus on writing for sequential art: comics, graphic novels and web comics. We will discuss the characteristics of graphic storytelling, the genres, and the scriptwriting approaches. Additionally, we will look at how web comics may differ from analogue comics.
Work Discussed: Web Comics – Some People, Hyperbole and a Half, Dinosaur Comics, Romantically Apocalyptic, Spera, xkcd, Hark! A Vagrant, Hobo Lobo of Hamelin, Also: Watchmen, Ghostworld, Maus, Cecil and Jordan in NY, Scott Pilgrim, Footnotes in Gaza, In the Shadow of No Towers, Persepolis, etc.
Exercise: To be announced.
Tools Discussed: MS Word/Open Office, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Final Draft, Manga Studio.
Online Comic Software: http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/ , https://www.pixton.com/
Required Reading: Some People Link: http://lukepearson.com/Comics/Some-People
Additional Reading: Alan Moore’s Writing for Comics, Scott McCloud series (Making, Understanding and Reinventing Comics), Comics and Sequential Art & Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative (Will Eisner).
Introduction to Shared World Exercise