2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

The Graphic Novel


Summer 2012 quarter

Steve Blakeslee English, writing, literature
Fields of Study
literature and visual arts
Preparatory for studies or careers in
education, humanities, literature

Over the past 30 years, the graphic novel has won numerous readers with its bold topics, innovative forms, and vivid artwork. We will explore the origins, development, and unique workings of these sequential narratives, from the socially conscious woodcut novels of the 1930s (e.g., Lynd Ward’s Gods’ Man ) to the global adventures of Hergé’s Tintin to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' 1980s game-changer, Watchmen . Other works will include Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics and recent graphic memoirs. Our overall goal is to develop an informed and critical perspective on this powerful medium.

Students registered for 8 credits will research a particular author-artist, genre, or theme, or develop graphic narratives of their own.

Advertised Schedule
5:30-9:30p Tue/Thu (Jun. 26 - Jul. 26) plus a class from 10a-4p Sat, Jul. 14
Online Learning
No Required Online Learning
Greener Store
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
April 30th, 2012 Slight changes to description to update texts.
March 26th, 2012 Schedule changed to include a Saturday class on July 14.