In class today, we examined a variety of graphic books, which had a range of different styles. The book I was given was a girl’s Annual called Debbie from 1980. It was distinctive, in that the cover featured pictures of a pony, Girl Guides and a female child gymnast. This was to encourage Grandparents and parents to buy this comic book for their children. However, when you opened the book and read the graphic narrative, it was markedly different. It had different and separate stories. The story I read had a mystery story with an element of suspense. Ian had discussed with us how to proceed with transactional analysis, which included methods of description such as: moment-to-moment, action-to-action, subject-to-subject, aspect-to-aspect and non-sequitur. I then analysed one of the stories and employed this methodology.
The other graphic books had very different styles, for instance Toxic was conceived and published to be a competitor to 2000AD, but apparently only ran for 31 issues, because it featured adult/mature content but because it was sold in Sweet shops, it had to be sold on the top shelf and thereby missed it’s target audience of younger readers. There was also the Marvel Action graphic book which featured Zombies and Superheroes and also had to have a Mature Content label on the cover as you were supposed to be 18 or over to read it. The class was very useful in terms of analytical terminology discussing graphic narrative in an in-depth and informed manner
Bibliography: McCloud, S. (1994) Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. London: Harper Collins