Welcome to Session 9 & 10: Sequential Art: A Sign of Radical Change?

26 10 2011

Are you a doodler?  If so, stand up and be proud!  Doodling has been validated as a valuable intellectual tool.  As Sunni Brown explains in her TED video, “Doodlers, Unite,” doodling engages us in all four of the decision-making modalities — visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic.

This session we’ll focus on an art form that brings the visual and the reading/writing together — sequential art.  Legendary comics artist Will Eisner coined the term that refers to graphic storytelling by arranging a series of images in sequence.  The American Library Association prefers the term graphic novels for longer works of sequential art and in 2006 recognized Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese with the Printz Award for Literary Quality — the first graphic novel to win the award.  Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer for Maus in 1992.  Of course, it was described as a Pulitzer Prize Special Award because the judges couldn’t decide which category it represented.

Art forms and genres are blurring in this digital age.  This session we’ll study Eliza Dresang’s Radical Change theory to learn more about how digital technology may be influencing the evolution of literature as we have known it.  We’ll also view a session with Lauren Nicholson, founding member of the Eva Perry Mock Printz Club and now a librarian working toward her Masters in Library Science.  The club’s influence in her life is easy to see.  What wasn’t so predictable is that she would fall in love with graphic novels in college.  You’ll enjoy hearing her talk about them with lots of passion.

So enjoy your sequential art book clubs and prepare to meet on Monday, Oct. 31 with your club.  You’ll present your Change Project page and response on Monday, Nov. 7th.

Session 9:  Activities and Action Items:

___Plan to meet with your book club in class on Monday, Oct. 31.
___Prepare for the live virtual seminar by reading the articles, blogging, and commenting on the blogs of class colleagues.  Blog and tweet by Friday, Nov. 4, 11:59 pm.  Comment and tweet by Monday, Nov. 7, class time.
___Review and reflect upon your work this week in your RAP (Reflective Assessment Process) by Tuesday, Nov. 2, 11:59 pm

Session 10: Activities and Action Items:

___Collaborate with your book club to plan/create your collective response.  Response is to be shared during LIVE Class on Nov. 7.
___Prepare for the live virtual seminar by reading the articles, blogging, and commenting on the blogs of class colleagues.  Blog and tweet by Friday, Nov. 4, 11:59 pm.  Comment and tweet by Monday, Nov. 7, class time.
___Review and reflect upon your work this week in your RAP (Reflective Assessment Process) by Tuesday, Nov. 2, 11:59 pm
___Prepare for the live, virtual seminar by reading the articles, blogging, tweeting, and commenting.  Blogging and tweeting due by Friday, Nov. 4, 11:59 pm.  Comment by Monday, Nov. 7, 8 am.
___Complete your Sequenial Art/Graphica Book Club so your bookcast (or other multimedia artifact or experience) is ready to debut at our live, virtual seminar (Monday, Nov. 7, 8 am).
___Participate in the live, virtual seminar (Monday, Nov. 7, 7 pm).
___Review and reflect upon your work this week in your RAP (Reflective Assessment Process) by Tuesday, Nov. 8, 11:59 pm.

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