What story do I want to tell?

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Please click on the link bellow to look at the work I had done on the P.L. Deshpande’s stories from one of his books,

https://www.behance.net/gallery/7884959/PERSONAGES

 

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Presentation should be direct and not abstract

I think, when dealing with storytelling through pictures, one has to be very careful about if the story in understood by readers or not. Narration in graphic novels has to be very direct in order to convey the idea to readers. Too much of abstraction might confuse readers. For example, the illustration bellow has a story going on in it, but it’s very hard to tell where the story starts from and where it ends. The illustration misses hierarchy and links between scenes.

 

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Presentation should be direct and not abstract

Stereotypes in Comics

The word “stereotype” is often considered and used in a negative way. Stereotype is inaccurately generalising a certain idea without looking at it in an individualistic approach. This word was originally used in letterpress printing where a particular method was used in which duplicate plates were moulded.

Though stereotype as a word is considered negative, it has great importance in comic books/graphic novels. Comics are representation of certain person’s thoughts (person  who narrates the story). Drawings in comic books/graphic novels are narrator’s reflection on his thoughts. The success of a narrative depends on the reader’s visualisation that he/she gets from experiences he/she has gone through.

Making drawings simple, hence stereotypical helps readers visualise quickly. In comics, stereotypes are taken from generally accepted/understood physical characteristics of individuals. These become symbols and are used as a graphic language while telling a story.

Book Reference : Eisner, W. (2008). Graphic Storytelling And Visual Narrative . NewYork, USA: W.W. Norton and Company.

 

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Stereotypes in Comics

Stories

Before I jump on to graphic novels, I want to take a step back and think about what exactly does a story mean?

A story is a narration of events in sequence arranged purposely for telling. It is like reporting an event except that the narrator controls the events. (Eisner, 2008)

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A story can be in any form. For example, stories in words, stories in images, stories orally narrated (grandmother narrating a story in illustration above) etc. All stories have structure (beginning, end and link of events that happen in between). Whether it is a visual medium or textual medium, every story has a framework / skeleton on which the whole narration is built. Structures of a story differs depending upon the nature of story.

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(Eisner, 2008)

Book Reference : Eisner, W. (2008). Graphic Storytelling And Visual Narrative . NewYork, USA: W.W. Norton and Company.
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