Graphic Novel Project
The students read Welcome to the Monkey House, a book of short stories by Kurt Vonnegut. My teaching partner and I had them choose one short story each and turn it into a graphic novel or comic. They had to storyboard, edit, cut, and draw to retell this story with the same flavor and ironic humor to live up to the Vonnegut tradition. It was as if they were dramaturgists, deciding what to keep and what to cut. Which image was equal to 1000 words, and which words could they not live without?
My Example PDF Jeff
When I made my example I took a 12 page story and turned it in to an 18 page graphic novel. I struggled with wanting to keep the curious details and oddities of “Where I live” the story that is more of a portrait of a small New England town in the 1950’s than a linier narrative. I showed the story to my students and we cut 6 pages and flipped two around because the story did not make sense, I knew the students had their work cut out for them.
Interpreting the text? Here is my example:
From "Where I Live"
Read the text and decide what is important to the story.
What images represent what you think the story looks like?
What words you need to completely tell the story.
PINK represents words used on another page
RED is for the words that are Illustrated
GREEN high-lights the words on the page.
Remember: less is more, however more is also more.