Monday, January 16, 2012

My Comics Course Syllabus...Comic

Well, I've finally done it! I've created a syllabus for my Rhetoric of Comics course that IS a comic! It's something I've been working on for a couple of years, actually, but had given up on. But since I'm in pursuit of pursuing my doctoral degree, I realized that this semester may be last chance I get to teach a composition class on comics for awhile. And I'm teaching three sections this semester! So I thought that this Christmas Break would be the perfect chance to get back to drawing and finish it! And I have!

My drawing skills aren't exactly up to snuff, and sure, the relevance of some of the images for the text is dubious, and yeah, if Scott McCloud ever sees my attempts at drawing him he may sue. I still think it's pretty cool, and hopefully, my students will too. If nothing else, after the first day of class, none of them will be able to say they've never read a comic before (which happens disturbingly often).

But I couldn't have done it without my wonderful wife Veronica. One of the reasons I gave up on it was that it seemed a little intimidating. But Veronica's amazing techno-prowess really helped. She digitally fixed the layout of some of the early pages, completely worked up the later ones, made the text fit, and even coached my drawing.

Lastly, I should point out that the images of Scott McCloud and the silhouette Batman and Superman are my attempts at artwork by Scott McCloud and Frank Miller. I really felt they needed to go in there (especially Scott McCloud's, as his work is a huge part of my class), but I didn't want to just scan pages of their work. Oh, and Dr. Lunsford, if you ever see my terrible caricature of you, I apologize profusely.

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?


Eric Camarillo said...

Wow, this is really awesome. I wish I was taking your class!

Ben Villarreal said...

I wish they had a class like this when I was a student. I think that's why I teach it :-)


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